80% Of Pups Over The Age Of 8 Suffer From This Problem, But They Hide It From Us

80% Of Pups Over The Age Of 8 Suffer From This Problem, But They Hide It From Us

Dogs who are in pain don’t have a way of voicing that to their families, which can sometimes make their parents think they’re fine.

But research has shown that a whopping 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 8 suffer from some kind of joint pain. Heavier dogs are even more likely to experience this.

The question is, if your pup can’t let you know, then how can you find out? Luckily, there are things to look out for that can clue you into this. Here are six warning signs.

1. Weight gain

Joint pain can cause a pup to be less active, leading to an increase in weight.

2. Decreased energy

The effects of inflamed or painful joints can result in a pup not wanting to be active and showing less energy.

3. Irritability

A pup who becomes snappish for no reason could be dealing with unseen pain.

4. Difficulty in standing up

Many pups jump up enthusiastically to greet you and other guests. If your pup has gone from doing that to refusing to get up or taking a long time, he could be suffering joint pain.

5. Limping

A limp immediately after standing up is a common symptom of joint pain, even if it only lasts for a few moments or is very slight.

6. Licking, biting, or chewing

If your pup is paying extra attention to a particular part of their body, that spot could be experiencing hidden pain.

Now that you know how to spot symptoms of joint pain, you’ll want to know how to ease it or prevent it. Here are five ways!

1. Keep weight healthy

Be aware of whether your pup is over or underweight and be sure to keep him out of those areas. Cut back on treats if needed!

2. Exercise

Low impact exercises, like walking and swimming, are great for ensuring that your dog gets a sufficient amount of exercise at a low intensity, despite pain.

3. Comfortable bedding

Your pup’s bed should have enough padding to support their weight, and you should make sure to replace it if it is wearing thin.

4. Massages

A good massage can really ease joint pains and tension. Learn how to give a great doggy massage here!

5. Supplements

Your vet may recommend some supplements to help reduce pain and increase strength. You can do your own research to find out what will be good for your pup, but remember to check with your vet before giving your dog any of them!

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