By Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow
Canine arthritis often develops in older dogs. However, young dogs can develop arthritis due to trauma to the joint, hereditary malformations, breeding issues, unstable joints, poor diet, and infection. Early detection is key to slowing the degenerative process. Also, you can help manage your dog’s level of pain by using the 5 acupressure for dog arthritis points shown in the chart below.
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Indicators of dog arthritis can include:
- Reluctance to play, walk, run, jump
- Swelling and heat at the site
- Favoring a limb (limping)
- Difficulty getting up or standing
- Moving stiffly
- Avoiding being touched
- Change in attitude / personality, and,
- Weight gain
Also, you can begin to offer your animal comfort care by using the acupressure for dog arthritis chart shown below.
Your holistic veterinarian, acupressure practitioner, and canine nutritionist are good resources for your dog to be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible. However, as there are many different types of dog arthritis, consulting professionals who can help zero-in on the exact joint problem is the best strategy for your dog’s comfort.
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