As we age, we begin to slow down in our regular activities and start feeling little aches and pains we never felt before. The same goes for the aging dog. It does not mean that life is drawing to a close; far from the truth. Dogs have a much higher pain threshold than humans but you may need to make some changes in your dog’s life to make every day activities a little easier. Contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home if you see your dog having joint and hip discomfort.
A senior dog may begin to show some signs of Osteoarthritis, joint and hip pain anywhere from 7 to 10 years of age, depending on the size of the dog and its breed. Larger dogs may have more problems earlier on in life than the smaller breeds. A frequent recommendation by veterinarians is the use of Glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine is normally found in the cartilage of animals. As animals age, their ability to produce their own glucosamine diminishes, at which time osteoarthritis can set in. Glucosamine sulfate can help your elderly dog’s body maintain joint health.
Glucosamine sulfate comes in capsule and liquid forms, though it is much easier for your dog to take the liquid. Many dogs have a difficult time swallowing pills. Liquid glucosamine has a pleasant taste for most dogs, who simply think it's a treat. The recommended dosage for your dog is 750 milligrams per 50 pounds of dog weight. Most vets recommend doubling the dosage for the first 2 to 3 weeks to engage a more rapid healing process.
Glucosamine Sulfate provides the building blocks to synthesize new cartilage that the dog’s body can no longer do on its own. Glucosamine can soothe the symptoms of arthritis and hip dysplasia in dogs. With its anti-inflammatory properties, glucosamine sulfate works to restore and regenerate your dog's damaged joints. Glucosamine sulfate not only works as a preventative for elderly dogs prone to arthritis, it can help dogs already suffering from arthritis. Within two weeks to thirty days, you should notice a big difference in the activity level of your dog.
There are very minimal side effects with glucosamine sulfate, though a dog may experience some vomiting and diarrhea. Temporarily lowering the dose and administering it with food may alleviate the side effects. Slowly raise the dose to a comfort level to ease your dog’s discomfort without recurring side effects.
Many dog owners attribute their dog’s loss of activity to “old age,” without realizing that the problem may actually be due to osteoarthritis. The condition normally affects middle-aged to older large dogs, but most other breeds can be affected as well, due to other hip related disorders. Follow the advice of your veterinarian regarding glucosamine sulfate treatment, especially for long-term care, and you will find your dog returning to normal activity levels within 15 to 30 days.
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