Comfort Is Key
FlooringDo you have wood or tile floors in your home? If so, puppies with arthritis will have greater challenges walking. You can consider laying a carpet at home to make it easier for furry friend to walk. At the same time, don't forget to trim nails regularly, which can also increase his comfort when walking.
StairsIf you have a two-story home, adding non-slip stair treads to hardwood staircases can make the climb much easier on your dog’s joints. If making it up the stairs is out of the question for your pup, consider getting a support harness so you can easily help carry them up without breaking your back.
BeddingPay close attention to where your arthritic dog sleeps at night. Try an orthopedic or memory foam dog bed, and replace their beds regularly as they start to wear down. You can also add extra blankets to your pup’s existing bed for added support.
TemperatureKeep the house as cool or warm as would be comfortable for you. Cold temperatures can lead to greater inflammation in your dog’s joints (which equals greater discomfort) and hot weather can put a strain on their system by forcing their bodies to work overtime to keep them cool.
NutritionProviding quality preventative supplements with important active ingredients make sure your dog’s body is consistently producing enough of the essential proteins that build and strengthen joints.
Home TherapyIs your dog unable to hop up on bed and play or jump into the car as before? You can try using some home physical therapy tools to help them with their pain, like heat therapy. This will keep your dog’s quality of life the best it can be.
Simple for you, but important for your dog
While these are simple changes for you, they can make a world of difference in the quality of life of your arthritic dog. Your dog can’t make these shifts themselves – it’s up to you to be an advocate for their health and happiness.