Joint Health for Dogs: How to Keep Your Furry Friend up to Speed
Your dog’s joints are built for activity: running, jumping, and romping around. As pet parents, we love to join in on the fun with our playful furry friends and understand maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial to the well-being of our canine pals. But no matter the age of your dog, all that activity and playtime can impact your best friend’s joints. Here’s what you should know about joint health in dogs, and how you can support your dog’s joints.
What Signs Indicate My Dog Needs Joint Support?
Like people, dogs have cartilage in their joints. This cartilage covers and protects the joints, allowing your dog to move without discomfort. Like many parts of the body, cartilage can be affected by natural wear and tear.
Your dog may not be able to talk, but there are ways for him to communicate. For example, walking slower or not going up and down stairs are two big indicators that your dog may benefit from joint health support. You may also notice:
- He rises slowly after sleep
- He doesn’t jump on the couch or into the car as easily or often as before
- He won’t run or play as long or as much as in the past
Joint Health in Older Dogs
After years of boundless energy and laps around the yard, your mature dog may not have that same spring in his step like he did when he was younger. As your furry friend gets older, his joints may not be able to keep up with his need for speed, often slowing him down during normal activities. Many pet parents assume that their dog getting older and slowing down is inevitable, when your older dog may really need some joint health support.
How to Approach Joint Support for Dogs
There are several ways that you can help support your dog’s joint health and a variety of ways dogs can benefit.
Joint health supplements
Adding products that are specifically formulated to support joint health and immune function, like Bil-Jac BreakThru® Joint Health Formula is an excellent first step. BreakThru Joint Health is made with calcium, vitamin D, and protein to help support healthy joint and musculoskeletal functions in your dog. It also contains probiotics to support immune function. Follow the instructions closely and give BreakThru to your dog once a day for best results. You can find a PetSmart location that carries BreakThru Joint Health by using the Bil-Jac Store Locator.
Reduced fat dog food
If your dog is overweight, feeding a food with lower fat, such as Bil-Jac Reduced Fat can help your dog slim down and ease the burden on your dog’s joints. No pet parent wants to see their dog experiencing discomfort because of an unhealthy diet or lifestyle.
Support around the house
There are many products to help your dog be more comfortable if they are experiencing discomfort. Supportive bedding, ramps to get into cars, and steps to help your fur baby get up on a sofa or bed can also ease joint challenges.
Adding the Pep Back into Your Dog’s Everyday Life
It’s never fun for pet parents to watch their four-legged family members slow down at any age, but a little awareness of joint health and how to support the dogs we love can go a long way! For more ways to stay up to date on your dog’s health and nutrition, join our Best Friends Club for helpful articles and members-only discounts on Bil-Jac products.