There’s nothing better than calling your dog’s name and having them come bounding towards you in response.  But what happens when your dog’s mobility becomes limited due to age?

Movement and mobility are the cornerstones of quality of life for our pets and when your once frisky pup is no longer able to climb the stairs or go for long walks it can be heartbreaking.  In the past there was little that we, as pet parents, could do to help our pets once old age started to set in. Luckily this is no longer the case and with veterinary medications and support you can help support your older dogs quality of life and help the discomfort associated with normal daily activity.

Ways to improve mobility:

1. Visit your vet: Old age is no longer considered a disease in and of itself and new diagnostic techniques now make it possible to assess and offer supportive treatment for mobility issues.  Before starting any type of treatment program it is important to speak with your vet and get your dog a full checkup to help identify the underlying causes of any mobility issues.

2. Formulate a treatment plan:  Pain medications are a great way to get your dog moving again but in some cases, there may be side effects.  Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, massage and heat therapy, may help your dog feel better and, when combined with traditional pain medication, may help improve mobility. Physical therapy, such as underwater treadmills can also be beneficial in older dogs as there is no pressure on the joints and it helps to build muscle mass which can often weaken in older dogs. Once again, it is important to work closely with your vet to develop a treatment plan that is tailored for your dog.

3. Support the body: There are a number of supplements that may support your older dog with mobility issues.  Their mode of actions vary, for example, supplements containing green lipped mussel may help to increase the amount of synovial fluid in the joint which may provide better cushioning and prevent further degradation of bone in the joints.  Glucosamine provides the body with the building blocks it needs to create and repair cartilage, which may be beneficial for the older dog.  OxC-beta supports a normal inflammatory response, supports immune function and healthy joint function which may help discomfort associated with normal daily activity.  Be sure to speak with your vet to find out which supplements would be most beneficial for your dog.