For your dogs, a few small lifestyle changes can prevent unnecessary stress on their joints. Small problems can add up to big triggers for future problems if you're not careful.
Here are 3 ways to care for your dog’s joints in 5 minutes or less. Not only can these simple tips prevent joint disease in your dogs, but for some dogs already suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other joint issues, they can also relieve their joint pain and improve the well-being of your dogs’ life.
Pamper Your Dog with a 5-Minute Massage
Step-by-Step: Daily “Maintenance” 5-Minute Dog Massage
Here are simple step-by-step instructions for a basic “maintenance” massage that can be done daily.
STEP 1Have your dog lie down on their side on a soft but even surface.
STEP 2With your entire palm, start at the head and with smooth, sweeping strokes, move down towards other parts of the body. Repeat this about four or five times.
STEP 3Once your dog is relaxed, massage your dog’s neck using circular motions.
STEP 4Continue massaging in circular motions down towards your dog’s shoulders.
STEP 5Move down to their chest and front legs, still using circular motions.
STEP 6Massage your dog’s back using circular motions, moving the muscles on both sides of the spine up and down.
STEP 7Move down to the back legs and tail area using the same circular motions.
STEP 8Squeeze the tail gently and firmly without pulling, from base to tip.
STEP 9If you feel a tight muscle knot, you can press evenly on the top of the knot with your thumb, hold for about 20 seconds, and release.
STEP 10Making long gliding strokes down the length of the body to end the massage.
Make a Healthy Meal Swap
Fiber-filled veggies: Sweet potato, acorn squash, pumpkin
Antioxidant-packed fruits: Blueberries, cherries, peeled apple, cantaloupe
Vitamin-rich veggies: Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini
Leafy greens: Spinach, kale, collards
Fatty fish: Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines
Lean protein: Chicken, turkey
Give Them Green Lipped Mussel Oil
Other tips for protecting your dog's joints
Keep your dog at a healthy weight
Dogs who are overweight can put undue stress on their joints, which over time wreaks havoc on the whole musculoskeletal system. Not to mention that being overweight can lead to a whole slew of other non-joint related issues for you pet like hypertension, diabetes, heart and kidney disease, and cancer. Here are a few tips for keeping your dog at a healthy weight:
Relax your dog’s joints and muscle after exercise
Heat therapy is one of the effective ways to relax after exercise. Hyperthermia can be used to dilate capillaries to help improve blood circulation, as well as relieve nervous tension and relax muscle spasms after exercise. At the same time, it can also relieve the pressure on the joints caused by exercise, thereby preventing arthritis.
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While your dog's joints experience natural wear and tear as they age, a few simple aids from you can give your dog a more comfortable and active life. At the same time, you can save money when it comes to medical treatment or surgery for your dog.