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Looking after a Stiff Dog

Stiffness in dogs is a common condition that often comes on in old age and can cause discomfort, pain, and lack of mobility.

VetSpec, producers of nutritionist-formulated and scientifically proven supplements for many different canine needs, including those of your stiff dog, are here to provide some advice on how to keep them moving and improve their quality of life.

Weight loss

Carrying more weight than they should will greatly exacerbate the symptoms of your stiff dog, so a healthy diet and proper weight management is one of the first and easiest steps to address.

Regular exercise

Despite their discomfort when they first get up, moderate and frequent exercise is a good way to keep stiff dogs moving and will help alleviate symptoms in the long term as well as slow the onset of the stiffness over time.

If the stiffness is in the limbs, and lower limbs especially, avoid surfaces that will produce a lot of concussive force, like tarmac or concrete, instead aiming for the softer surfaces like a grassy park or a forest floor.

Proper nutrition

Like with any animal, the body can only work with what you put in; feed your dog a healthy, balanced diet, and add a supplement like VetSpec’s ‘Joint Mobility’ to make sure they’re getting all the help they need to fight the stiffness internally.

Specially formulated by nutritionists, with scientifically proven ingredients like Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and anti-oxidants, this supplement should improve the symptoms of a stiff dog and give them a new lease of life.

Warmth

The cold and damp can make the symptoms of a stiff dog worse, so make sure their bed is somewhere warm and consider a dog coat or jumper for cold weather.

Veterinary attention

Your vet can advise you on pharmaceutical interventions for the inflammation at the heart of the discomfort of your stiff dog, by prescribing anti-inflammatories and a range of other medicines for more advanced versions of the condition.

Rotherwood Rainmaker, RIHS Supreme Ridden Pony, geritten von Poppy Carter, Eigentum von Mrs. Cartlidge.

"Alle unsere Ponies, ob 4 Jahre alt oder erfahrenere Ponies, sehen mit TopSpec Produkten fantastisch aus. Wir müssen keine Supplements füttern oder das Fell striegeln um ein glänzendes Felle und eine ideale Oberlinie zu bekommen. TopSpec erledigt das alles." Katy Carter.

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Does Your Dog Suffer from Stress?

Stress in dogs is a widespread problem in the canine population, and causes unnecessary suffering for the animal as well as anxiety and inconvenience for the owner – we all want our dogs to be happy, balanced individuals.

VetSpec supplements deal with a range of canine issues, including stress in dogs, by using carefully created combinations of veterinary-developed and nutritionist-formulated components that address the root cause of the problem. VetSpec are here to give us some advice on the symptoms of stress in dogs, and what to do about it.

The symptoms of stress in dogs

The key here is to think about how your dog behaves when you know they’re content and relaxed, and look for differences from this. Symptoms can include: Loss of appetite or gastrointestinal issues

This can include vomiting, diarrhoea, or a general disinterest in the foods they would normally enjoy.

Lack of focus

If your dog is not listening to you as they normally would, and having trouble concentrating on you, they may be stressed.

Self-isolation

A stressed dog may take itself away to a confined space to feel more secure, out of character with their normal behaviour.

Physical signs

These can include lowered ears, clamped tail, whining, trembling, and growling, as well as barking, pacing, and chewing objects or even themselves.

What to do about stress in dogs

Find the source

Is there something specific causing the stress, like separation anxiety, loud noises, or confinement anxiety? If you can’t pinpoint the cause take your dog to a vet to rule out a physical root.

Routine

Dogs thrive on the expected, so put in place a routine where they know what’s coming and can take security from this.

Exercise

Plenty of exercise is always crucial; the necessary amount will depend on the character and breed of your dog.

Proper nutrition

A healthy, balanced diet is a key factor in a dog’s physiological health, and good quality supplements can really help in addressing stress in dogs.