Chances are you’re not the only one who’s sorry to see the balmy autumn months racing past. Our dogs suffer when the cold, wet and dark seasons hit too!
One of the biggest issues veterinarians see in winter is an increase in the discomfort of dogs with arthritis. As in humans, the colder weather plays havoc with your pet’s joints and can exacerbate pre-existing conditions.
Watch out for these signs that suggest your pooch is uncomfortable:
If you notice any of these changes, you should of course take a trip to your vet to get a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. In some cases the treatment involves medications but in ALL cases there are simple things you can do at home to help ease your dog’s discomfort.
Some of these things include:
The other important thing to consider during the colder months is keeping your dog’s weight under control. As the temperature plummets and the days grow darker, we all tend to eat more and exercise less. We feel like walking them less, and they can often feel the same. Not only is excessive weight gain bad for your dog’s general health but it also worsens the pain associated with arthritis.