Looking after a Stiff Dog
Stiffness in dogs is a common condition that often comes on in old age and can cause discomfort, pain, and lack of mobility.
VetSpec, producers of nutritionist-formulated and scientifically proven supplements for many different canine needs, including those of your stiff dog, are here to provide some advice on how to keep them moving and improve their quality of life.
Carrying more weight than they should will greatly exacerbate the symptoms of your stiff dog, so a healthy diet and proper weight management is one of the first and easiest steps to address.
Despite their discomfort when they first get up, moderate and frequent exercise is a good way to keep stiff dogs moving and will help alleviate symptoms in the long term as well as slow the onset of the stiffness over time.
If the stiffness is in the limbs, and lower limbs especially, avoid surfaces that will produce a lot of concussive force, like tarmac or concrete, instead aiming for the softer surfaces like a grassy park or a forest floor.
Like with any animal, the body can only work with what you put in; feed your dog a healthy, balanced diet, and add a supplement like VetSpec’s ‘Joint Mobility’ to make sure they’re getting all the help they need to fight the stiffness internally.
Specially formulated by nutritionists, with scientifically proven ingredients like Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and anti-oxidants, this supplement should improve the symptoms of a stiff dog and give them a new lease of life.
The cold and damp can make the symptoms of a stiff dog worse, so make sure their bed is somewhere warm and consider a dog coat or jumper for cold weather.
Your vet can advise you on pharmaceutical interventions for the inflammation at the heart of the discomfort of your stiff dog, by prescribing anti-inflammatories and a range of other medicines for more advanced versions of the condition.