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Dog Friendly Tips: Arthritis & Joint pain in old dogs

Aging dogs may experience arthritic pain, swollen joints, morning stiffness, and age-related immobility.

Degenerative joint disease usually affects larger breeds of dogs, such as Labrador retrievers. Inadequately balanced diets, obesity, genetics, and aging can contribute to a higher risk for diseases such as osteoarthritis.

To improve your dog's health and quality of life, medication, such as Rimadyl and piroxicam, can be prescribed for a dog's joint pain. Some studies have demonstrated that glucosamine may assist in alleviating joint pain. Soft orthopedic beds also can comfort a dog.

Dog Friendly Article: Three Steps For Curing Dog Separation Anxiety

Dogs are known as "man's best friend," but sometimes, dogs can become so much of a "best friend" that it is unhealthy for them; roughly 35% of dogs suffer from separation anxiety for dogs - which often evidences itself in otherwise well-behaved dogs who become stressed, frantic, destructive, and nervous when their owners leave the house, even for short periods of time.

If you are the owner of an otherwise-lovable pooch who suffers from separation anxiety, you may be at a loss as to how to cure this problem; while this can be a complicated problem to get rid of, and while the process can take a while, here are three specific things every person should know about curing separation anxiety in dogs.

Structure: When it comes down to it, the vast majority of dogs who suffer from separation anxiety are "owner addicts," and you are going to need to break this problem; while your dog may typically follow you around the house when you are home, sit by you at all times, and even sleep beside you at night, you can start curing separation anxiety by forcing your dog to give you a bit of space at times, and by forcing your dog to have brief spells of confinement - not in a "punishing" way, of course, but simply in a normal, natural, healthy manner.

Exercise: Making sure your dog is well exercised
as this is another thing that will help separation anxiety become less of a monumental problem. This is not confined to just physical exercise; if a dog is worn out physically and/or mentally, they are less likely to have problems when their owners are away - and what's more, dogs who receive lots of physical and mental exercise tend to be happier and healthier in general!

Calm: And when it comes to curing separation anxiety in dogs, one of the biggest keys of all is to project to your dog the sort of behavior you expect to see in return; if you tend to get overly affectionate when you are leaving your dog at home, or if you become overly excited when you are greeting your dog upon returning, your dog will learn that it is a big deal when you leave, and a big deal when you return - but when you instead project a calm demeanor upon leaving and returning, your dog will learn to mirror this behavior, and will become far less anxious while you are away.

If you are on the lookout for more information on curing dog separation anxiety - especially if you have a dog with whom you have been dealing with this for years - be sure to visit my website at where we have plenty of awesome, groundbreaking information on getting rid of this problem in dogs for good - and soon, you will have that well-behaved dog back, the one you fell in love with so long ago.

Jan Soloman
Learn how to cure your dog of separation anxiety!

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