Looking After Older Dogs
When we get older our bodies tend to become weaker and, as a result, we develop joint and muscle pains. It is a similar story for animals and if you own a dog it will be upsetting to see the effects of old age on your dog’s agility and health. However, there are many medicines and treatments that you can use to reduce pain and even build back muscle and joint strength.
Metacam is a flavoured liquid medicine that can be put into your dog’s food and is very effective against arthritis and other muscular or skeletal problems. You will need a prescription from your vet to purchase Metacam and although this may be costly, it is certainly worth the expense. Metacam comes highly recommended by both its users and vets. Care should be taken, for instance, if your dog is prone to dehydration your vet will let you know if this is a problem or not.
Cosequin is an alternative to Metacam but it is possible to use them together. Whereas Metacam works to instantly target inflammatory pain, Cosequin works over a longer period of time to build up cartilage and maintain joint strength. Cosequin does not require a prescription and can be bought online in the UK via Viovet or other websites. Cosequin is a supplement (available as chewable tablets or sprinkle capsules) that should be introduced into your dog’s diet at full dose for up to 6 weeks and then reduced to a half dose then on.
An even longer term solution to preventing future joint pains is to keep your dog’s weight at a decent level. Overweight dogs will struggle to be mobile meaning weaker, under-worked muscles and overworked joints. You should definitely consider moving onto a premium food if you aren’t already and perhaps buying a weight-specific brand. Royal Canin Dog Food Mobility Support and Obesity Management are excellent choices. They are specifically designed to keep your dog’s weight down and contain the correct balance of nutrients to maintain healthy bones and muscles.