Is your dog also suffering from joint problems? The joints of dogs are especially sensitive at the hips, elbows, knees and lower back. Some dogs suffer more than others, but in the end one in five struggles with it. How do you recognize problems with your dog's joints, and how do you fix them?
- If your dog belongs to one of the following categories, he/she may experience joint problems at some point:
- Fast growing puppies of large breeds
- Heavier dog breeds
- Dogs that take part in intense (sporting) activities
- Overweight dogs
- Older dogs
How do you recognize joint problems
Joint problems in a dog may be very subtle, making them difficult to spot right away. The following symptoms may be the writing on the wall:
- Stiffness after a long rest or after a long walk.
- Being less mobile and having trouble jumping in and out of the car, climbing stairs, standing up or taking longer walks.
Tips to keep your dog's joints fit and healthy
- Ensure that puppies of large breeds don’t grow too fast by giving them the right nutrition right from the start. Opti Life Puppy Max, a balanced puppy food for large breeds, ensures that bones and joints don’t develop too quickly.
- Avoid obesity by choosing food adapted to your dog's age, size, breed and activity. For overweight dogs you’ll also find light products from our Opti Life range for small breeds, and medium to large breeds. That food with a specific Opti Weight formula has a lower energy and fat content than regular food.
- Get into the habit of taking several short walks with your dog daily instead of the occasional long walk. Definitely do this with puppies, and if necessary set a time limit on those walks.
- Avoid putting excessive stress on dog joints, such as jumping high or stopping abruptly, to avoid joint problems.
- A slippery floor can be treacherous to your dog. Prevent it from slipping and lay a carpet if necessary.
- Give the dietary supplement Opti Joint on a regular basis. This includes glucosamine, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C and other important building blocks that can help prevent problems with dog joints (such as osteoarthritis) from occurring.
- Are you worried about the severity of the joint problems? Be sure to consult your vet to have your dog examined further!