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How to best care for your dog’s joints this winter

Throughout the colder months, joints tend to stiffen and become more painful in dogs, just like humans. Winter can be especially uncomfortable for older dogs. So how to best prevent joint aches for our best friends?

Dr Lisa’s tips for comfy joints

We can’t control the weather but we can provide some comforts to alleviate stiff joints.

Keep them toasty

Ensure your dog’s bedding is cosy, cushioned and away from draughts. Older dogs and those with short coats may need some pet clothing to keep them warm. 

Warm up those muscles

Just like us, dogs will get sore muscles if they don’t do proper warm-ups before exercise. Start with a brisk walk to loosen muscles before they have a play at the park. For senior dogs, take slow, shorter walks. 

Heat therapy 

If your dog enjoys the water, warm baths are heavenly for cold stiff muscles. To prevent slipping, ensure tiled surfaces are covered with towels or rubber mats. Remember to only wash them no more than 4-6 weeks unless they are very dirty or your vet has prescribed otherwise. Use bath time to massage them with our Wash (if needed) and Leave In Conditioner to keep them moisturised and smelling fresh.

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If your dog is visibly dirty, and you are unable to get them clean with a good wipe and brush, then it’s time for some bubbles.

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Keep the weight off

Excess weight is harmful for dogs and puts extra pressure on joints, so be mindful to feed them appropriate quantities and keep up physical activity suitable for their age. 

Alternative therapies

Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage and acupuncture may help improve your dog’s mobility. Speak to your vet about some suitable options.

Medications

Despite all of the above, some dogs will still require medications from their vets in order to be comfortable and have an improved quality of life. Remember that dogs are not as good at complaining as we are, so don’t delay a vet check if you find that your dog has stiff joints, is slowing down, limping or seems uncomfortable.

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