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Many people consider their dog to be part of their family, and want to ensure his happiness and comfort. As dogs get older, they experience the same problems in their canine bodies as humans do. Arthritis in older dogs, especially males, is quite common, though sometimes hard to detect since your dog can't complain about the aches and pains he's experiencing. He'll slow down when walking and running, he won't leap for that dog treat as quickly as he used to, he'll shorten those evening walks and he simply won't sleep as well on the same bed he's been using for years.
There are, however, many ways you can help him. The first step is to consult with your veterinarian, who will probably make adjustments to his diet and perhaps even prescribe some medication to be mixed into his food. Your vet may then suggest that you invest a few dollars and buy him one of many orthopedic dog beds to help him sleep better. The more comfort you can give to your dog with this problem, the more he'll enjoy his declining years.
Orthopedic dog beds are quite common these days, and even if your veterinarian does not know where you can find one in the town or city where you live, he will likely be able to direct you to a number of mail order companies or websites that specialize in them and be able to help you make the best choice.
In general, older dogs, those recuperating from surgery or accidents, or handicapped dogs will get the most comfort from some kind of foam bed, since they are firmer and easier to get into and out of. If your dog likes to "nest", (kneading the fabric of his bed before he lies down), a MiracleLoft-filled bed will be the best for him.
Baffle beds, that is, beds designed with polyfil-filled tubes of fabric sewn together, are also an excellent choice, as they tend to be firmer and to provide more support where the dog needs it most. They are designed to create a non-shifting liner, so the shape of the bed does not change over time and the dog can get into a similar position comfortably and easily each and every night. Quilted foam orthopedic dog beds are probably best for dogs with severe arthritis, as the foam is of a medical grade, created for humans with similar problems, and provides the most support for painful, arthritic joints. Take your dog with you if you're lucky enough to have an orthopedic dog bed supplier in your area and let him decide. After all, it's his bed now, isn't it?
Dog Beds Info provides detailed information about small and large dog beds, as well as designer, orthopedic, and discount dog beds. Dog Beds Info is the sister site of Bird Cages Web.
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The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets
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2 pit bulls attack owners, pets at Meyerland park
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Breaking down Arizona's '6-day law' when it comes to pets
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Valley store offering hemp products for humans and pets
First and foremost, no, pets aren't smoking it or eating it whole. Your pet won't be getting “high” or feel intoxicated anytime soon either because there is no THC involved. However, giving pets hemp-based products can target specific health issues and ...
Pets inundated with cabin fever
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I've noticed and have talked to other pet friends who are noticing their pets are getting cabin fever, too. Being cooped up too much without sufficient time outside to run off their pent-up energy. It's such a catch twenty-two. We could try booties on ...
PETS FOR VETS: 96-year-old WWII veteran in Austell adopts puppy
And the veterans have told us the pets are good therapy for them.” The stray puppy was rescued Jan. 10 along a residential Marietta street. Three days later the shelter called the Pitts family to let them know they found a dog they might be interested ...
Law Would Ban Tethering Pets in Freezing Weather | Virginia News ...
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As temperatures across Virginia plunged to the single digits, many pets no doubt have been left in the cold.
Caring for pets in cold weather
The ice needs to be broken, maybe several times a day, in order for livestock and domesticated outdoor animals to have access to it.” “I would recommend bringing in any animals in weather like this, dogs, and cats are like humans, in that their pads ...
New Downtown Reno Mural to Feature Pets
The group bringing a dog park to the ReTRAC Plaza in downtown Reno has announced the artist who will paint the mural at it. The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and the Arts and Culture Commission selected the artist, Hannah Eberle because of her ...
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