joint pain in dogs

Signs of Joint Pain in Dogs

Joint pain is a common problem for dogs, especially as they age. It can have many different causes. Furthermore, almost none of these causes are harmless or should be ignored. Generally speaking, senior dogs are more prone to joint pain. However, larger breed dogs are more likely to develop joint-related problems than medium or small dogs. This is because size …

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Heatstroke and Dogs – How to Beat the Summer Heat

If it is too hot for you outside, chances are your pets feel the same way. With temperatures shattering records across the nation this summer, excessive heat warnings in regions unfamiliar with such blistering conditions may be putting your dog at risk of heat-related illness. We as humans are coated in millions of porous sweat glands to help us cool …

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How Can You Tell if Your Dog Has a Bad Hip?

Hip dysplasia is a common skeletal condition, often seen in large breed dogs. However, it can occur in all sizes of breeds as well. The hip joint functions as a ball and socket. In dogs with hip dysplasia, the ball and socket do not fit or develop properly, and they rub and grind instead of sliding smoothly. This results in …

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What Makes the Best Joint Supplement for Pets?

Joint pain is often a result of inflammation. This occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the joints. When joint cartilage deteriorates bones start to rub together. As pets age their bodies produce less synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. This also causes pain and inflammation. It may even stop your dog from wanting to play, …

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Common Health Issues in Senior Dogs

Senior dogs tend to suffer from many of the same heath issues as we do. It is well known that a dog ages more quickly than humans. People tend to equate one year of a dog’s life to seven human years. Over a dog’s entire lifespan this is the average. However, a one-year-old pup is physiologically equal to about a …

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8 Creative Ways to Exercise Your Dog

Diet and exercise are the two most important elements of your pet’s health. Exercise relieves stress and helps keep your pet healthy. Unfortunately, you may not always be able to go for a walk when you want to exercise your dog. And, to challenge and vary activities for your pet, we have come up with some creative alternative exercises. Many …

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How to Care for an Aging Dog

While we do not like to think about our dogs getting older, the truth is dogs have a shorter life span than us. An aging dog needs extra comfort, care, and relaxation as aging takes place. Just like us, our pet dogs and cats have “senior moments” and have age related health concerns. During the colder winter months especially, aging …

Keeping Your Dog Healthy During the Winter

When the temperature drops, just like us, dogs need care to stay healthy and warm. Not all dogs are created equal when it comes to cold weather tolerance. Whether you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside or just goes out for a couple of quick walks, they need help to avoid cold-weather health hazards. Keep these …

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Dog Joint Pain Relief

As our pet dogs get older, things that were once second nature become more of an effort. And, thanks to the advances made in veterinary medicine and animal care, many dogs are living to a much older age. However, longer lives also increase the odds that they will suffer from degenerative joint disease or arthritis. As dogs age, the cartilage …

Dog DNA Test Kits – What Do They Do?

DNA tests are very popular these days for humans and lately, even for pets. These genetic tests are very similar for both humans and pets. Dog DNA test kits retrieve results similar to the human version. Dog DNA tests can let you know things such as your dog’s breed down to 1%. The results also give information on overall temperament, …