Whether you have a dog for a pet or for guarding purposes, one of the most important things is to make sure they are well taken care of, and that they remain healthy. Sometimes diseases crop up for one reason or the other, and thus it is important to have some insights about common dog health problems such as Arthritis and your German shepherd.
Arthritis is one of the most common issues with German shepherds, in most cases due to their assize and weight. This makes them more at risk of developing problems in the joints and ligaments it can be really emotional seeing your best friend suffer in pain.
But when that occurs, there are a few things you can do to provide care and manage the condition for your dog. Here are 5 tips you can used for the management of the constitution to improve the quality of life for your dog.: 1. Call a vet or pet care professional
The first and most appropriate step to take when you observe signs of joint or muscular pain on your dog is to call your nearest vet for assistance. Such signs may include limping, wailing, and others such as lack of appetite. You can easily tell when your dog is in pain or is struggling to move. Your vet will provide pain relief remedies or recommend appropriate treatment program. Even by so doing, they will also advice you on how to take proper care of your German shepherd and manage Arthritis. The vet may recommend the following tips. 2. Watch his weight and consider his diet
In most cases even in humans, arthritic conditions are associated with being overweight and as such, you might want to consider some weight control measures. These may include dieting programs to ensure that the dog loses some few pounds. This can be effective in reducing suffering. 3. Take him for exercise
Even though this should be done with great care, exercising your German shepherd can help in combating the symptoms. You should however watch that you don’t overwork him as this would only make things worse. Talk to your vet concerning the best exercises for Arthritis in dogs. Exercising him will ensure increased blood circulation and might help in reducing joint stiffness and irritation. It will aid in weight control and pain reduction, especially during cold seasons. 4. Ensure his rest and comfort
The other thing you want to look at is their comfort and rest. You can consider some mobility aiding means such as constructing a raised structure with foam mattress covering to reduce the laying down and rising up movements. This will also ensure that they get quality sleep and less torment from joint pin.
How do you know if your dog is in good health? Well now you can do a Dog Health Check at home. There are many practical ways for you to spend a little bit of time with your dog to ensure that he is doing OK. Usually these are quick and simple to do.
In the video there are several techniques that Amy the Vet demonstrates. This type of a check can be performed on a regular ongoing basis. You can never do enough for your pet.