Feel like your dog is aging rapidly? It could be osteoarthritis. It’s a common problem in older dogs and the symptoms can mimic the signs of normal aging, such as:
- Decreased physical activity
- Difficulty going up and down stairs
- Muscle loss
- Loss of stamina
The best way to find out what’s ailing your senior pup is to talk to your veterinarian.
Arthritis (or osteoarthritis) is a chronic, degenerative disease that causes pain and could explain most of the symptoms listed above. There are a number of factors that determine whether or not your dog develops this condition, including:
- Joint deformities
- Past injuries
At home, you can care for your dog by giving them senior dog food formulated to support their overall health and their joints in particular. The best older dog food should contain supplements like:
- Fish oil (omega-3)
- Green-lipped mussels
But that’s not all! You also have to make sure the senior dog food you give them has been proven effective and contains high-quality supplements in the right amounts. Ask your veterinary team for advice. We can help you develop a senior dog nutrition plan, including serving sizes.
Not sure if your pooch is in pain? Read our blog article Savez-vous reconnaître la douleur chez votre chien ou votre chat?(only in French) to find out how to detect discomfort in your dog.