arthritis in dogs

Vital Signs

So many of us don’t know what the baseline is for vital signs for our dogs.  The last time you want to discover this is when you are having an emergency and your vet asks what is their temperature reading? Believe me, knowing what the  temperature is for normal dogs pales in comparison to knowing that you now have to place a thermometer up your friends butt! Hoping your canine buddy will allow you to do this, it is not the way you want to find out in the last minute! In an emergency it is critical!

I ran across a time when I had to do this and I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when you have a dog who will let you do anything with them because they were very well conditioned as a puppy, and trust you to the end of  the earth, until now! Not only do you have to keep your state of calm, relaxed and in charge mindset, you are panicking inside at the possibility of your dog running away through the house with a thermometer hanging from their bum!

It is very important to practice taking your dog’s temperature when they are a baby. One of the few things most of us don’t do. Older dogs may need to have their vital signs checked regularly and I cannot stress the importance of this enough! If there is an emergency, the more you know the better it is for all involved. Continue reading

Older Dogs

Let’s face it folks, we all will have our loving companion getting older and unfortunately, they don’t live as long as we do. While they are here, we need to give them the best possible life ever, overflowing with all of the unconditional love they pour onto us.

Older dogs face an array of difficulties just like people do when they age. It can be very sad watching our once active dog romping around chasing butterflies and them now letting the same butterfly land on their nose and not even caring! What can we do to help?

There are many things we can do to help the aging pet get through their days with much more ease, and less pain from any dog arthritis or other debilitating disease. Very simple and yet helpful tips are: Continue reading

Dogs in a Pool

Hydrotherapy for dogs is a great way to manage all sorts of health ailments. Whether you beloved family member is suffering with dog arthritis or is an older dog that has just slowed down with age, swimming will increase their mobility. Hydrotherapy will also have them feeling years younger than they are!

Dogs in a pool will each vary as to how great they float or sink! I can truly attest to that when I have witnessed dogs who just cannot keep their rear end up and float in the water. Then there are those canines who glide like an eel, ever so smoothly amongst the surface! How can there be such a difference?!

Here are some reasons: Continue reading

Diet and Arthritis

It is known that a dog performing high intensity or endurance exercise requires a higher calorie food intake than a dog which is sedentary. Fat in their diet will provide more than twice the calories than  protein or carbohydrate provide. Therefore, increasing the fat content in a dog’s diet will ultimately provide far more calories. This type of diet will actually promote obesity in more sedentary dogs.

It is when we start feeding our dogs a high calorie diet and they are not burning it off that obesity becomes an issue. Arthritis in dogs is more common in an overweight pet than in a trim one. Overweight dogs have a higher incidence of: Continue reading


Dog health care is influenced hugely by what foods we feed them. Illnesses from arthritis in dogs to cruciate ruptures and including cancer in dogs, are directly related to what we feed them. When you think about what we put in our own bodies and how it affects us, why would it not be the same for our wonderful canine friends?

If we eat junk food all the time and fast foods, we will end up with enormous health problems. That is equivalent to feeding our companions a poor quality, inexpensive dry kibble. In fact, if you look at the ingredients listed:

  • meat by- products
  • corn
  • preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin will usually be in the list
  • sweetners
  • artificial colors

 All of these items are non- condusive to a healthy dog body. Continue reading

Stretching Exercises

Stretching exercises are so important prior to surgery and including after surgery. Stretching your dog helps with a number of conditions including the following:

  • improving motion in the joints prior to surgery and after surgery
  • increasing the flexibility
  • preventing adhesions between soft tissues and bones
  • improving muscle and other soft tissue extensibility which prevents further injury to joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments Continue reading