Why Are Dogs So Loving?
We all love our dogs! Let’s face it some of us have attachments to our dogs that will never be rivaled by any human relationship. But why is this? What causes us to have such great relationships with these animals? Somehow dogs have evolved to like being around humans and humans have evolved to nurture such a vulnerable animal that isn’t our own spawn. The idea of domesticated dogs goes back around 10,000 years ago with wolves! Wolves began to accompany human hunter/gatherer groups to scavenge their kills. Some of the nicer wolves were even fed extra scraps from the days kill! This is exactly how it all started! So all you dog lovers appreciate these humble beginnings as this rippled into our relationships with dogs today!
A study by a group of scientists was tasked with finding out what sets dogs apart from wolves and the results may be shocking! The scientists started out by testing how 18 dogs and 10 wolves behave around people. In the first test, the dogs and the wolves were tasked with obtaining a piece of sausage from a puzzle box either in front of a person or alone. The wolves obviously beat the dogs in both trials and could stay focused even when a person was nearby. Lets just sat the dogs couldn’t stay focused! they spent more time staring adoringly at the person than on the puzzle box!
Do Dogs Get Arthritis?
It is no surprise that domestic dogs do suffer from Arthritis more than you think. Most forms are commonly seen in older dogs but some forms do affect younger dogs. Dogs experience Arthritis differently than humans since their bodies are relatively smaller. They experience various degrees of stiffness throughout the day. So how can you tell if your dog is suffering? This is hard to tell because obviously, your dog can’t speak but there are subtle signs you can pay attention to that might be able to help you out.
- warm and tender joints
- Visible joint deformities
- Painful joints (when touched)
- sleeps more than usual
- disinterest in physical activity
- Weight gain
- Aggression when joints are touched
- Appetite loss
All of these are great indicators of your dogs suffering from Arthritis. Dogs who are affected by dog arthritis often spend more time resting or sleeping, which can lead to weight gain and increase the effects of the disease.
What Causes Dog Arthritis?
When it comes to dogs their anatomy is very similar to humans so we can easily say that the causes of dog Arthritis would be the same as the human counterpart. Ligament damage is the most common cause of dog arthritis. It has been proven that the most common place for a dog to get inflammation in on its kneecaps. Unfortunately, the damage can be caused by excess amounts of running and playing. Playing rough with other dogs may also play a factor in damaging ligaments. There are also other factors in play, dogs can also contract autoimmune disorders just like humans! It is crazy to see that the same effects and illnesses that humans have can also attack our furry friends.
How Can I Help My Dog Cope?
In the unfortunate situation that your dog is in pain, you can try quite a few different things to relieve their pain.
- Take your dog in for regular checkups so that your veterinarian can monitor your pet’s arthritis.
- keeping your dog slim can help it cope better because it decreases the load on their joints. feeding your dog the right amount of high-quality food which means no food with high qualities of corn.
- Controlled exercise, make sure you carefully observe your dog while she plays, walks, or runs.
- keep your dog warm and dry, since cold and damp conditions can complicate dog arthritis.
- Ask about doggy massages! as a massage can increase your dog’s flexibility, circulation, and well-being.
- Pain medication prescribed by your veterinarian.
Is There Medicine specifically for Dogs with Arthritis?
Drug companies have designed specific pet pain medication that is safer and more effective than those that are designed for people. With a veterinarian recommendation, you can access prescription pain medicine for dogs that can safely and effectively relieve your pet from discomfort. With a prescription, you can choose from brands like Carprofen, Etodolac, and Meloxicam. As a disclaimer do NOT give your pet Tylenol or Aspirin as these painkillers contain life-threatening chemicals to dogs.
Giving your dog a lean, healthy diet is particularly important to prevent and relieve symptoms of arthritis. But more often than not, a nutritious food alone won’t keep your dog from developing dog arthritis. Specialty foods have been developed with ingredients and supplements that target the dog’s joints and hone in on their mobility issues, helping with inflammation and stiffness. When seeking out a dog food for dogs with arthritis, look for one that includes these beneficial ingredients and supplements:
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Methyl-sulfonyl-methane (MSM)
- Vitamin C
There is also the option of getting a prescription for your dog to get special food meant for them. The food generally contains a blend of ingredients and supplements that keep joints flexible and maintain healthy cartilage. The only precaution I would have is please be sure to pay close attention to the breed specifications, as some of the foods are made specifically for small, medium, or large breeds.