Polish Lowland Sheepdog Information
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs ' VAN HET GORALENHOF'
Does Your PON have Arthritis?
Weight management is essential for your PON with arthritis. A healthy, low calorie diet may mean the difference between a pain-free life and one which is extremely painful. Losing excess weight will prove beneficial for your PON, as he won't need to carry additional weight around on his joints. According to online research, fat tissues secrete hormones that cause pain. Reduce kibble portions by at least 20 percent and consider offering more fiber (green beans, other veggies, wild rice, etc.) to your PON's daily diet.
Have you tried applying heat on sore joints?. Applying a warm compress to your PON's joints will serve to ease arthritis pain. The heat will penetrate deep into the muscle to the joint for relief. Please remember that your PON may not be able to get up quickly, and try avoid burning him with a water bottle which is too hot.
Light Exercise. Exercise should be regular, but not too strenuous. If your dog wants to turn and go back home after a short walk, let him. The key is constant exercise, but keeping it light and short. Avoid walking when it is too cold out, as the joints will be especially sore. Treadmills are great when supervised, and swimming is a great form of exercise as well.
Although your PON is double coated, he needs to be kept warm and comfortable. This is particularly important on cold and wet days. Cold weather tends to cause the joints to be especially stiff or swollen. An extra blanket should be added to his bed. Also, adding an additional pillow will help keep him comfortable and ease pain in the joints.
Food and Water Dishes should be raised for meal times. This is particularly important if your PON has arthritis in the neck or shoulders. Bending down may cause tension and pain, so raising his food and water dishes will help him to eat pain free. You may notice some weight loss during arthritis, and pain during meals may be the source of issue.
Your PON may struggle when walking on hard wood floors. If you notice this, consider getting a rug for areas where he plays or rests. Using organic cleaning products on the floors may also help with slipping paws.
Have you considered massage and acupuncture therapy ? You can do massages at home or take your PON to a professional. Massages and acupuncture provide relief for sore, inflamed joints and will help to loosen these areas up. Also, add fish oil to your PON's daily diet.
Keeping your PON comfortable with his arthritis will be extremely beneficial. You can also talk to your veterinarian about supplements and treatment options available for your PON's case of arthritis. Avoid too much red beef and ask about a good quality fish or flax seed oil supplement. Good luck and please keep us updated.