My dog Gadget is now 9, which isn't old per say, but I can tell she is beginning to experience slight arthiritis in her back legs. This is quite common for a lot of dogs as they age actually. My mother's 11-year-old Corgi is experiencing the same thing, though his symptoms are more pronounced since he is so low to the ground and long!
I began giving Gadget a daily dose of glucosamine and chondroitin. Since glucosamine is an amino sugar which is a precursor for glycosaminoglycans, and glycosaminoglycans are a major component of joint cartilage, supplemental glucosamine may help to prevent cartilage degeneration and treat arthritis. Chondroitin is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and is a major component of cartilage. By adding these two components to a dog's diet, the effects of arthritis can at least be slowed.
I give Gadget two treats of Zuke's Hip Action Beef Treats daily. These treats contain 300mg of glucosamine and 50mg of chondroitin per treat, and Gadget finds them delicious which only makes things easier.
I also add eight drops of Joint Resolution by happytails to Gadget's water bowl every day. This line of products uses all natural ingredients which you can read thoroughly about on their website.
By using these two products, I've noticed a slight difference in Gadget's comfort. I won't say that I've seen a huge improvement just yet, but I'm going to give it some time to continue using the products regularly.
Do you have any suggestions for comforting older dogs with arthritis? Tell us in the comment section!