I’ve organised a dog walk to raise money for Canine Arthritis Management on 22 September at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire. If you’d like to come along and support this worthy cause or just donate, you can find more details on my Facebook event, here. The aim is for there to be 100 organised walks in September, so I am dedicating September to all things arthritis.
So, lets start at the beginning.
What is arthritis?
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is a wearing away of cartilage on a joint so the bones rub together and inflammation is caused. The joint becomes less mobile, and muscles become tense as the dog compensates for the reduced mobility. But how do you know this is happening?
Spotting the signs
Uneven gait when walking. Holding their tail to one side all the time. Not wanting to jump up on sofas and beds. Reluctant to use the stairs. Licking their paws. Less stretching when they get up from a sleep.
All of the above are signs that your dog may be struggling, and it would be worth taking a trip to the vet for a check up.
How likely is my dog to get arthritis?
It is estimated that 80% of senior dogs receive a diagnosis of arthritis.
But don’t worry. There is so much your can do to help your dog…
How you can help
Raised water and food bowls, non slip rugs and tape, ramps for the car and house, doggy pushchairs for when they tire on long walks, holistic therapies, supplements, memory foam beds, and probably a lot of other things I don’t even know about!
Throughout September, I will be sharing more on how you can help your dog naturally.
In case you missed my post earlier in the week, this is how my journey helping pets with arthritis started…
Yes, with a horse! I felt outside of the horse world when going to clients with horses, as I had lessons, but didn’t own a horse. So I looked for a loan horse to practice my therapies, and learn more about horse care. Along came Riaz. He was the first horse I went to look at, and the perfect candidate for some therapies.
Riaz had an accident either at birth or when he was very young, and it caused arthritis in his neck. When I first took him on, he was sound, but I did lots of research on keeping him that way and how the holistic therapies I had qualified in, could help.
He is barefoot, out 24/7, has turmeric in winter, exercised 3 to 4 times a week, and fairly regular massage, reiki and acupressure. A combination that seems to be working well.
This experience soon led me to help dogs with arthritis as well, and it is so rewarding to hear from owners that their dog is walking further, or using the stairs again, after having some relaxing therapy.
Keep an eye out for next week’s blog as I will go through how massage can help with arthritis – just to ease you into it before I start writing about crystals, sound healing and reiki!
Hoof To Tail Healing