Chilly Climate and Arthritis in Canine: A Information for Pet House owners

Weather can affect a pet in several ways. Some pets may need more time
Prepare for cooler weather or you may notice a change in your fur
Behavior of a friend. For a condition like arthritis in dogs
The disease can affect your pet's health and general well-being. Fortunately,
We sat down with the Trupanion vet
Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about cold weather and arthritis in dogs.

Cold Weather and Arthritis in Dogs

A Pet Owner's Guide To Cold Weather And Arthritis In Dogs

What is arthritis in dogs?

can affect dogs of all ages and breeds. Whether you have a Labrador Retriever
Mixed race or pug, they can cut up savages, whatever you need to know
Arthritis in dogs.

“Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, which in some cases can cause severe pain. It can affect dogs of all sizes and joints. Arthritis can be a normal age-related change or it can be related to the progression of joint diseases such as hip dysplasia or cross disease. It can also develop secondary to non-orthopedic conditions like Lyme disease or a bone infection. "

In fact, arthritis can affect every dog ​​differently, some may come on suddenly while others slowly have trouble jumping off the couch or bed. Keep a journal and write down what your pet is doing so your pet's vet can make the correct diagnosis if necessary.

Signs of arthritis

You may notice that your best friend is moving more slowly or is not as excited about going for a walk. Could it be arthritis? In fact, your dog may not always let you know that he is in pain. Wilde points out several signs to look out for in dogs with arthritis.

the following:

  • Rise slowly
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Slow down walks
  • Reluctance to go up and down the stairs
  • limp
  • Lameness seems to improve with increased activity. For example, your dog may appear to be "warming up". Also, due to arthritic pain, dogs generally do not speak until the condition is advanced or severe.

Every dog ​​is different and can communicate its wishes and needs differently. Of course, when your dog is fine, some can be clingy while others can withdraw.

If your pet behaves differently, speak to your veterinarian. You can determine the next best steps for your furry friend. For more information on pet relief, check out this Dog Pain Relief Guide.

How can cold weather affect dogs?
with arthritis?

The weather is getting chilly outside, you might want to be outside and stretch
Legs out and enjoy some fun activities with your best friend. Of course dependent
When it comes to how your furry friend is feeling, you may not be sure if going outside is a problem
great idea.

Indeed, “for
Unknown reasons cold weather seems
Making signs of arthritis more severe. The cold weather can lead to it
decreased activity, which can lead to increased stiffness of the joints, ”says

If your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis and you want to avoid the cooler weather, consider doing some indoor activities with your best friend. Read here how to keep your canine product entertained.

Best Practices to Help Your Fur
Friend during the cold season

You have an energetic dog or couch potato that loves to laze around, it still can be
helpful for getting out and exercising outdoors. Wilde delves into some tips
to help your best friend in cooler weather.

  • Keep in mind that dogs can get cold even with their fur coat built in. In cold climates, you can protect your dog from the cold with fur, sweaters and booties.
  • Booties are especially important in areas where there is puddle, snow, or ice. The salt that can be placed on sidewalks can be very irritating to the skin and paw pads, and it can also be toxic if the dogs lick it off. Hence, boots can be especially important when there is snow or ice.
  • A cozy bed with lots of pillows and blankets to snuggle up to can be beneficial for your pet.
  • Make sure your arthritic pet stays active, as decreased activity can lead to weight gain and make the stiffening of the joints appear worse. If it's too cold to take your pet outside, consider a daycare that is aware of your arthritic dog's needs.
  • Maintaining an ideal weight is an important part of treating arthritis in dogs at any time of the year.
  • Ask your veterinarian if your dog can benefit from treatment for arthritis, including but not limited to medications, joint supplements, and rehabilitation therapy.

Read on for some tips for cold weather and arthritis in dogs.

Cold Weather and Arthritis in Dogs: Every Dog is Different

Fall, winter, summer, or spring, every dog ​​may react differently to their arthritis. Some dogs' arthritis can flare up in damp weather, while others can experience pain in the beginning of spring.

But when you watch over your furry friend, consult your veterinarian, and give your pet the recommended treatment (and loads of cuddling and cuddling), your best friend is sure to enjoy your companionship and positivity.

For more
For content about dogs, read Heart Murmur in
Dogs: A Guide for Pet Owners

About the author

Kelli, Rascoe

is a digital content writer and publisher for Trupanion. She spends her working day writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, getting inspiration from pets, and luckily hanging out with her rescue dogs all day. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been published on the DOGTV blog, the KitNipBox blog, the Get Your Pet blog and Fansided, among others.

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