Managing Dog Arthritis in Your Aging Agility Dogs

Canine arthritis is one of the most common reasons for veterinary visits in the U.S. and while it is bound to happen there are ways to keep your aging agility dog comfortable during this time in their life.

You know your dog and how they respond to pain and most high drive dogs who excel in agility will not show their pain, even when it is severe.

It is up to you to see changes in their behaviors as they reach the double digit ages such as aversion to activities that require jumping or climbing. It may be as subtle as weight gain as they will become less active.

If you see these kinds of changes in your dog it is time to take them to the vet and have them diagnosed so you can manage the arthritis with medication as well as other treatments such as massage and acupuncture.

A huge must for any dogs diagnosed with arthritis is managing their weight and exercise program, too much of either can cause them discomfort.

If you or someone you know has a dog reaching the golden years, be sure to SHARE this with them so they can watch for the early signs and stop the pain their dog may be living with.