Your dog could show signs of decreased mobility as they age, if they have suffered an injury or in serious pain. Pet owners should watch for a change in their dogs’ behaviour, such as unwillingness to walk too far, shying away from petting or touching and difficulty going up or down stairs. Pet owners need to rely on their observation of any change in their dog’s mobility to help their vet identify what may be going on physiologically with their dog. A vet may order radiographs or clinical blood tests, such as a complete blood count, urinalysis, and a biochemistry profile to help diagnose the origin of the mobility issues and the proper path to healing.
Physical exercises can be used to increase the range of motion of joints. Massage can reduce muscle fatigue and restrictions. As your dog ages, joint and cartilage problems can be difficult to treat; however, owners can work to ease or even delay the onset of these mobility diseases through diet and supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and green lipped mussel—which have been proven to reduce inflammation and pain, improve function, and slow progression of joint damage and arthritis in both humans and animals—diets that are protein rich and include omega-3 fatty acids, such as those derived from fish, can also support increased mobility.
Although a dog’s mobility naturally declines as they age, their quality of life doesn’t have to. Managing your dog’s weight and incorporating a flexible, low-impact exercise routine into a comprehensive support program can allow our furry friends to enjoy their golden years. CanEVA Pet supplement includes: Glucosamine Sulfate ▪ Chondroitin Sulfate ▪ Hyaluronic Acid ▪ Collagen Omegas 3 and 6 ▪ Calcium ▪ Magnesium ▪ IGF ▪ EGF ▪ Amino Acids ▪