Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by GingerLead and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Please note, I am not a veterinarian. Please speak in detail with your holistic veterinarian about your dog’s care and support. They will always be your best resource.

If you have old dogs, dogs with arthritis, dogs with mobility issues, or even young healthy dogs, you should be proactive in their joint and mobility care. Often people wait until their dog is in pain, has arthritis, or even has trouble getting up from the ground before they take action. We all do it—I even fell in this category myself with Dexter.

If you’ve been following Dexter’s story, you may recall that he was diagnosed with Chiari-like Malformation (CM) and syringomyelia in 2012. CM is basically when the skull is too small to hold the brain, causing pressure on the cerebellum and medulla, and obstructing normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid. You can compare this to holding your finger over half of the opening of a hose; that pressure then causes fluid-filled cavities within the spinal cord, SM.

We’ve had our ups and downs with his disease. I’m happy to report he’s been doing well and he’s just as spunky and fun-loving as a young pup. However, just over a year ago, Dexter was getting a bit more “wobbly and bobbly” and losing his balance. It’s then that he started seeing his rehab vet, Dr. Mary L. Cardeccia, for regular physical rehabilitation to work on building his core strength and proprioception. You can read about our canine rehab in this article.

Strength Training for All Ages of Dogs

I regret that I was not more proactive in keeping Dexter strong and mobile, prior to his wobbles and weakness. Dexter and I always had regular daily exercise through walks and play, but I never actively focused on his strength and core. Strong core muscles help dogs with their movement, keep their balance, and help them get up and down. For Dexter, it’s also very important in strengthening his spine and allowing him the strength to “catch” himself and recover from a wobble.

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Core strength exercises for dogs

Daily Exercise and Movement for Dogs

Have you ever heard the phrase, “use it or lose it”? This is so true when it comes to exercising with our dogs and keeping them moving. According to an article published on the John Hopkins website, “While rest is important, especially during flare-ups, lack of physical activity is associated with increased muscle weakness, joint stiffness, reduced range of motion, fatigue and general deconditioning.” As with every exercise program, it is important to know your dog’s limits and yours, start slowly, and build over time.

Canine Water Therapy / Hydrotherapy for Dogs

There are two traditional forms of dog water therapy: pool therapy and water treadmill therapy. Water therapy has a low impact on a dog’s joints. This is a great solution for dogs with a variety of joint problems and mobility issues. Water therapy also provides resistance, making this a great workout for your dog. Dexter goes to monthly underwater treadmill therapy not only to build his strength, but also to help with his proprioception. During the summer months, I also walk Dexter in shallow streams and ponds between our sessions.

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Water Treadmill Therapy for Dogs

Cold Laser Therapy for Dogs

Cold laser therapy uses light beams that stimulate the cells in the body and can reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, relieve pain, and repair tissue damage. Cold laser therapy uses a laser that does not produce heat. Depending on your dog’s condition, your holistic veterinarian may recommend cold laser therapy. Dexter’s neurological condition relates to inflammation along his spine, so Dexter receives treatment on his spine about once a month. If he’s having a rough day with pain, we schedule an impromptu laser treatment, which usually gets him back on track and feeling better.

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Laser Therapy for Dogs

Acupuncture for Mobility

Acupuncture is another natural option for assisting with a dog’s mobility and a lot of other canine ailments, even behavioral issues. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that disease is caused by a disruption of the flow of QI, or energy. Acupuncture is applied in target points to stimulate the flow of QI, allowing the body to become balanced. For dogs with mobility concerns, the practitioner is generally focused on stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation.

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Acupuncture for Dogs

Dog Chiropractic Adjustments for Mobility and Range of Motion

First, I want to stress that if you are thinking of taking your dog in for chiropractic care, you see a veterinarian, not a human chiropractor—they are NOT the same. Canine chiropractic care helps realign your dog’s joints and spine, helps with range of motion and flexibility, and can relieve pain.

Veterinarian chiropractors may solely use their hands during a dog’s adjustment, a chiropractic adjustment tool, called the Activator®, or a combination of both. Dexter has had both procedures, and responds better during and after with a hands-on approach instead of the tool. Some veterinarians will actually provide adjustment in the pool, for even a gentler approach.

Proper Weight and A Species-Appropriate Diet and Supplementation

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that excess weight on your dog’s joints and spine will increase pain and inflammation, and decrease mobility. It also leads to strain on your dog’s heart muscles and other vital organs. If there was ever a time to feel your dog’s waistline, it’s now. All dogs should have a slight tuck at the waist.

Feeding your dog a species-appropriate diet is incredibly beneficial in reducing inflammation. Dogs are carnivores, not carbidores. A processed dry dog food is extremely heavy in carbohydrates and has almost no moisture. This combination leads to inflammation, not to mention a lack of fresh vitamins, minerals and enzymes. To help reduce inflammation avoid refined carbohydrates such as sugar, sorghum, flour (wheat, oat, pea, bean, rice, corn), white rice, and potato starch to name a few. Some other foods that increase inflammation include sugar, too many omega-6 fatty acids, and corn. On the other side, there are foods and supplements that help reduce inflammation such as leafy greens, blueberries, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage), bone broth, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, beets, pineapple, glucosamine chondroitin, green-lipped mussels, and CoQ10.

Dog Mobility Aids

If your dog struggles getting up, using stairs, or walking, I would suggest looking at the GingerLead. The GingerLead works by gently lifting a dog’s back legs, enabling him to be in an ideal position. The GingerLead offers a very safe and secure way to help a dog get up, navigate stairs, or go for a walk. You can read my full review in this article.

Tips For Keeping Your Dog Moving and Combating Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain. Natural care for your senior or special needs dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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How are you helping your dog’s mobility? Tell me in the comments.

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For those of you who are new to my blog, my dog, Dexter, has been battling with a pretty significant neurological condition (Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia). No worries—he’s actually doing pretty well and he leads a very full and happy life. 🙂

However, over the last year, I have noticed that Dexter has more back-end weakness, and even drags his back feet a bit. I have added a few things to his daily life to help improve his hind-end strength and to increase his conscious proprioception, being aware of his back feet. He’s doing really great with his new regimen.

I am a realist and I want to plan for Dexter’s future. There may be a time when Dexter needs a little more support with his mobility. GingerLead is a brand I have been familiar with over my career, so I reached out to GingerLead regarding their rear support sling. I have seen dogs benefit from the support and aid of a GingerLead, and I felt this might be a great product to have on hand for Dexter when the need arises.

The GingerLead comes in a wide range of sizes
The GingerLead comes in a wide range of sizes.

The GingerLead was born out of a need to help support Ginger, a golden retriever whose severe hip dysplasia and a luxating patella had resulted in multiple orthopedic surgeries. After realizing that a bath towel was not secure enough to support Ginger, her family developed the GingerLead rear support sling.

The GingerLead works by gently lifting a dog’s back legs, enabling him to be in an ideal position. The person moves with the dog, supporting the back legs, allowing a dog’s front legs to walk and the back end to be assisted. This is great for dogs with back-end weakness, problems getting up off the ground, and trouble going up and down steps. The GingerLead is commonly used for dogs suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, or other debilitating conditions. Dogs undergoing rehabilitation from orthopedic surgery or hip or back injury also can benefit from the GingerLead.

GingerLead support sling for male dogs
GingerLead support sling for dogs

The GingerLead comes in a wide range of sizes to accommodate all dog breeds, and comes in male and female versions. The male version is curved to accommodate male anatomy. The support pad sling is made with a quality, lightly padded corduroy inner fabric. The soft inner lining helps keep the GingerLead in place to eliminate slipping and bunching.

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GingerLead dog support sling for male dogs

The dog sling straps are fully adjustable for people of all heights. The sling also comes with an optional clip to attach to a dog’s harness or collar, which is particularly helpful if you have a more exuberant dog. Now, the GingerLead is ready to go.

Dexter was very accommodating and patient while I adjusted the GingerLead straps to fit both of us properly. I tested the product by walking around my house, gently lifting Dexter’s back end. We also went up and down our front steps. Dexter eased into the transition of waiting for me and walking with me as we moved around. The support pad was great, no slipping or bunching. The handle was very comfortable as well.

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Helping dogs navigate stairs
Dog support sling
Dog support sling

The GingerLead offers a very safe and secure way to help a dog get up, navigate stairs, or go for a walk. I would guess that after a dog gets used to using the sling, he will develop more confidence and more secure footing, knowing he is safe. Dexter may need help navigating our steps in the near future, and if/when he needs a little more support with his mobility, I will be glad I have his GingerLead on the ready.

UPDATE: Stay on Straps are OPTIONAL double sided Velcro strips that cinch the GingerLead straps together allowing the support pad to stay in place when the handle is released. This can be helpful for owners that prefer to leave the GingerLead on their dog giving them independence while going potty, opening a door, etc. Stay on Straps are included with Medium, Large and Tall sizes. *IMPORTANT! Never leave on an unsupervised pet. Not intended to be left on overnight. Always follow instructions from your veterinarian for your pet’s specific condition.

Check out Ginger from GingerLead demonstrating using the stairs.


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Special Needs Dogs and Senior Dog Care

All dogs are special and have their own behavior, health, and activity requirements. Some dogs are what we may consider special-needs dogs or senior dogs that may need a little help with their daily lives or activities. This, however, does not mean that these dogs do not deserve to lead a happy, fun, and healthy lifestyle. A special-needs dog may have just a few needs or requirements to help them enjoy life to the fullest. I thought today would be a great day to spotlight 5 amazing products and brands that help our special dogs LIVE LIFE!

 

“WiggleLess has a unique and innovative design which aids in spinal column support and activity restriction in dogs. This dog back brace limits many of the movements which are known to contribute to back injuries as well as provides back support that can help prevent further exacerbation of some existing spinal conditions.” Amber Brooks, DVM Knoxville, TN Order Today!

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Ever wonder why dogs slip on hard floors? Dogs use their nails for traction—engaging them like cleats digging into the ground. But hard nails can’t grip hard floors. ToeGrips are nonslip grips that fit onto dogs’ toenails to restore their natural ability to grip with their nails. Help your dog turn back the clock and rediscover confident mobility with ToeGrips. Read my review or Order Today!

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GingerLead dog slings help aging or handicapped dogs with mobility and dogs recovering from orthopedic problems or procedures. They are easy to use, padded, adjustable for height, include an integrated leash for control and are machine washable. Sizes available for toy to giant breeds. Recommended by Veterinarians. Made in USA. Order Today!

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Pet Gear Pet Strollers are used for a variety of reasons. They help avoid stress on your pet’s body if they are having trouble walking due to joint pain, arthritis, or recent surgery. Strollers also function as a crate on wheels. Wherever you go, your pet, whether it be a dog, cat, furry friend, will be able to keep you company while remaining safely contained inside the stroller. Order Today!

Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs is a 3 piece must-have device that helps blind dogs transition to become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. It starts as a harness that is wrapped snuggly around a dog’s neck and torso. The wing attaches to the neck of the harness. The halo is attached to the wing and when placed on neck of the harness, the halo is just above the eye level and acts as a buffer to safeguard a blind dog’s head, nose, face and shoulders from bumping into hard surfaces. Order Today!

 


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Friday's Favorite Five: Products for Special Needs or Less Active Dogs. All dogs are special and have their own behavior, health, and activity requirements. Some dogs are what we may consider special-needs dogs or senior dogs that may need a little help with their daily lives or activities. This, however, does not mean that these dogs do not deserve to lead a happy, fun, and healthy lifestyle.
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