My own knees have told me that it's getting colder as well as me being a bit slack in the last week with my supplements!
If your dog has started to find it a little harder to get up and down or a bit slower on walks, they may also be feeling the colder weather.
Here's my tips and tricks for dealing with cold weather owies:
✅𝗔𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶-𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁 i.e. not kibble, if you'd like to learn more about feeding a whole foods diet, head to our supportive mostly Australian group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/rawandfresh/
Diet matters, if you feed your dog a highly processed diet that promotes inflammation then it's reasonable to expect years i.e. 5-10 years down the track, you're going to potentially see that inflammation show up in the form of disease including joint disease. So whilst you might think your kibble fed dog is healthy right now, it's not a healthy food - if it were in a supermarket isle as human food, you certainly wouldn't find it in the health food isle.
✅𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗹 𝗥𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱 - a superhero version of omega-3, low in purines and heavy metals, a full spectrum omega-3 which works synergistically, there is nothing on the market like it. I keep my dogs on it all year long as it also acts as a preventative, improves coat condition, can help skin conditions, improve train-ability in puppies and the list goes on - you see what I mean about being a superhero. If your Vet doesn't stock it, shoot me a direct message and I'll shoot you an online supplier with free shipping.
✅𝗠𝗦𝗠 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗱𝗲𝗿 - a great supplement for pain, inflammation, ligaments and muscles. I buy Opti MSM which is the best in the world, you can get it here:https://www.blants.com.au/
1-10 kilos of body weight: 1/4 teaspoon
10 - 20 kilos of body weight: 1/2 teaspoon
20 – 40 kilos of body weight: 3/4 teaspoon
over 40 kilos: 1 teaspoon and then 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 kilos over that
These doses can be doubled when there are joint disease issues.
Add Vitamin C to increase absorption of MSM. Use a ratio of 4 parts MSM to 1 part Vitamin C. Ester C is much gentler on the tummy that standard Vitamin C and comes in a powder.
✅𝗛𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗸 - pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds, check temperature for skin safety (it should feel luke warm) and then apply to painful joints for 10 minutes 1-2 times daily.
✅𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗼𝗶𝗹 (𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹) - Apply to joint and lightly massage in for 1-2 minutes as many times a day as you like. In sensitive skin dogs, apply water to the area first. I useAmazing Oils - Organic Magnesium Products- always read ingredients panels to ensure ingredients are safe for dogs.
✅𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 - walk your arthritic dog, even if it's to the letter box and back, movement is incredibly important, as soon as you stop moving older/compromised dogs they start their downward decline.
✅𝗕𝗼𝗱𝘆𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 - Massage, heat therapy, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, adjustments, acupuncture - there are so many beneficial therapies for older dogs.
✅𝗛𝘆𝗱𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗽𝘆 - swimming and underwater treadmill sessions are great for such dogs - they must be at a treatment centre which maintains water at a therapeutic temperature.
❌Stop ball throwing, biking, jogging and dog sports with these dogs, they are no longer appropriate and if you continue, you will wear the joints down faster which will be reflected in a lower quality of life later on.
❌Do not avoid pain killers if your dog actually needs them simply because you don't want to put chemicals into your dog - I hear this rational often and you don't have the right to withhold medication from your dog when you don't feel the pain they feel. Dogs are hard wired not to show pain and when they eventually show it, they've been feeling it for a long time. If your dog limps then your dog is in pain.