Photo By: Karen Thomason "Happy" Age 12
Do you have a Gordon Setter with arthritis or joint pain? There may be a few things you can do to help relieve the pain your Gordon is suffering. You have probably seen the advertisements for Glucosamine and/or Chondroitin, for the treatment of arthritis in humans. Both ingredients, are important building blocks in the synthesis and maintenance of cartilage in the joint. They are not pain pills, but they can repair the joints to some degree and prevent further damage. Ultimately, that will lesson the pain. These supplements are now widely used in treating osteoarthritis in humans and are so successful that they have become the number one treatment for osteoarthritis in dogs as well. After a vet check, to diagnose correctly, this may be one good option for your aging Gordon. Other things you can do include making sure your Gordon gets the proper amount of exercise and help your dog maintain a healthy weight. Being over weight can do a lot of damage to joints and bones, not to mention their health in general. You can give your furry friend a rub down, or massage, that will help relax stiff muscles and help promote ease of movement. Talk to your vet about how to do this properly, for older dogs who are in pain. Remember to be gentle. Cold and dampness makes arthritis hurt more. Providing a heating pad or heated bed, in a dry warm environment will probably help a lot. They make lots of doggie beds with orthopedic foam that is easy on your dogs old bones. And finally, you can do little things to make the day to day activities easier for your Gordon, like replacing steps with a ramp, if your Gordon is having trouble with steps or avoiding them. Don't leave them outside for long periods of time, especially in cold and wintery weather. Don't walk them, or kennel them any place that has a slick surface such as shiny wood floors or ice covered ground. Steady footing prevents injuries. Make sure their food and water are placed for easy access. You can get feeders that are of different heights to make it easier for the dog to eat, especially if they are having problems in their spine or neck. And finally, just take a look around your house for anything that might make life harder for your aging pal, and remove it or modify it. Our Gordon Setters give so much of themselves their whole lives, to please us. We should do everything within our means to give back to them when they need us the most.
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