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Caring ideas for the dog with arthritic pain

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Just as we age with associated aches, pains and discomfort, dogs can be afflicted with the same issues over the years. As a responsible pet owner, you want your dog to live a happy, pain-free life. Your senior canine does not have to suffer from arthritic pain. With the help of your your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home, and with special tips listed below, your dog can live a long and happy life.

Arthritis is an inflammation or swelling of the joints that is usually associated with old age, although some pets can be affected earlier in life, especially the larger dogs. Typically, the cause of arthritis is abnormal joint or bone development, damage or injury to the joints, instability of surrounding ligaments and tendons, infections and injury caused by the immune system.

Often times, your veterinarian will prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to bring your pet some relief from pain and discomfort. In addition to the drugs, there are some other steps you can take to make life a bit more comfortable, such as:

  • Provide slip-free flooring or keep your dog restrained to those areas
  • Encourage your dog to lie in or sleep on a cushy, comfy bed and not the hard floors
  • Engage in some gentle massage techniques over the joint areas daily
  • Keep your dog moderately active
  • Avoid obesity – engage in weight control and dietary therapy for your dog

Aging is not the most pleasant experience, but it doesn’t have to torment your pet. Ensure your dog lives as comforting life as you can provide. Animals are very resilient, loving and loyal.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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