From those playful puppy days right through to growing old gracefully, we need to take a closer look at joint care for dogs throughout their lives. In order to help you understand your dog’s joint needs at different stages of their life, we’ve put together our top tips to keep your four-legged friend’s joints happy and healthy with our YuMOVE range.
Joint care for puppies
Adding a puppy to the family is an exciting time for all, but in all the commotion it is important to remember to look after your new puppy’s joints and well-being. Keep in mind that your puppy’s joints are still developing so you need to be careful not over-exercise them as this could cause damage as well as any rough play, jumping or unrestricted play with larger or older dogs in order to avoid any accidents or injuries.
It is important to remember that different breeds develop and grow at different rates, so make sure you check with your vet on what is the best approach for your puppy’s joints. This is important so you can provide the right nutrition in order to help them develop properly. Our YuMOVE Young & Active supplement can help support your puppy and their joint development once they are on solid food, as it supports active joints, development and promotes mobility.
Joint care for adolescent dogs
Dogs become teenagers too, and when they lose those baby teeth and become an adolescent, just like human teenagers, they can be a bit of a handful. Dog breeds grow at different rates, with a general rule that the larger the breed, the longer it will take for their bones, muscles, joints and tendons to develop. So it’s key to remember that even though they are bigger they are still growing, they are still a growing pooch.
Rather than straining their growing joints, you could dedicate extra time to focusing on stimulating them mentally, using brain games, positive training and play. Focusing on this during your dog’s adolescent stage will really develop your bond with them and you’ll find that maintaining YuMOVE Young & Active supplements support their joint growth through this period.
Once you’ve made it through those turbulent teen years, it is time to make sure you are looking after your dog’s joints in adulthood. But this is where dog joint care differs further from active, stiff, working and senior dogs we have to explore their type and make sure
Joint care for active dogs
Is your dog an active athlete? Does your pet enjoy dog-sports like CaniCross, Agility, or Flyball – or maybe adventurous treks and countryside hikes? Though such busy dogs may not seem like they need joint supplements, it can help to support their active lifestyle and prevent painful problems down the line.
If you and your dog take part in sports then it is imperative that you focus on several shorter training sessions rather than one intense stint. This puts less strain on your dog’s joints, reducing their risk of injury and stopping your four-legged friend from overdoing it.
It’s important not to overdo it too early – too much too soon can put strain on their joints. The Kennel Club only allows dogs of 18 months or older to compete in agility competitions, though you can start gentle, fun training sessions from around 12 months old
Joint care for dogs who seem stiff
It’s important that you pay attention to your dog’s joints no matter their age. You should take care to notice if they start to lag behind on walks, sleep more, take longer getting up or are more reluctant to go for a walk or play.
It is important that if you spot these signs to clarify them with your vet, this way you can figure out the best way to support your young dog through advice or medication. Be it through joint supplements, acupuncture or hydrotherapy.
If your dog has a diagnosed joint problem under veterinary care then you could also try our vet-only formula YuMOVE ADVANCE 360 for Dogs.
Joint care for working dogs
Working with a canine? You’ll want your dog at the top of their game and to ensure this, you’ll need to support their joints. Working dogs are extremely active so a fitness routine, high-quality food and a comfortable bed that is easier on their joints are essential. You can also care about their joints by using supplements such as YuMOVE Working Dog.
YuMOVE Working Dog promotes joint health whilst supporting digestion in order to give your working-dog the extra boost to do their best.
Joint care for older dogs
In older age, your dog’s joints will start to need extra support, and there is plenty you can do to make sure your old pal is getting the most from life. Although your dog may be taking it easy, it is vital that you maintain daily exercise to help give them a good quality of life and stay at a healthy weight.
Shorter but more frequent walks on easier terrain could help do this and taking supplements is a great benefit for joint care for older dogs. YuMOVE PLUS or YuMOVE could support your pooch if they are suffering from stiffness.
Using this guide you’ll be able to support your dog and spot any signs of joint stiffness, whatever their age. Check out our guides section to find out more on dog ageing, what to expect as your dog progresses through life stages, and which YuMOVE is right for your dog!