for Arthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs
large dogs develop arthritis, also known as Degenerative Joint
Disease (DJD), as they age. Although there are no miracle cures,
much can be done to make these pets more comfortable and improve
Joint Disease Tip 1:
Soft Comfortable Place to Sleep
Your dog's bed should be as comfortable as your own. An old
mattress or soft couch is excellent. Soft foam rubber at least
four inches thick is good. Scout around for an old baby mattress.
Joint Disease Tip 2:
Gentle, Regular Exercise
Provide limited, gentle exercise. Once around the block two
or three times a day is about right. Avoid strenuous activity
on the weekends alternating with little or none during the week.
Joint Disease Tip 3:
Older large-breed dogs often tend to be overweight. This discourages
them from getting the exercise they need and aggravates their
arthritis. The more weight on those poor old joints, the harder
it is to move around. Any "light" diet is helpful.
Joint Disease Tip 4:
Pain and Inflammation
Although dogs are often more prone to side effects, some of
the same drugs used for pain control in people can be helpful: