Dogs are often called a man’s best friend. Yet, in our love for your furry friends, we forget that they are also living beings, and require constant attention and care. Giving them your love is not enough, the love has to be given through care and affection such that the dog remains a healthy, happy and active puppy. Dogs are as susceptible to health issues as humans and you need to have an early warning if your dog’s bones are not healthy. The issues of weak and unhealthy bones are really critical in case you have a large breed puppy.

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However, it is not easy to take a measure of your dog’s health, particularly knowing when your dog’s bones are not healthy can be actually tough. An active, happy puppy may even be in pain, and even the healthiest dogs can become prey to diseases. Worse, they do not know how to communicate this pain to you except through whines and lethargy. A dog owner must not see these as signs of the dog not being active; dogs are active creatures by birth and would love to play, but in such a case they cannot be active because they are simply not fit enough to. It is the pet parent’s responsibility, not only in such cases but always, to look after the dog; check for signs of any kind of pain it may be going through, not only on the outside but on the inside as well– a dog with an upset tummy cannot show you marks over its stomach, but will whine enough to communicate something is wrong.

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Therefore, it is clear there are issues with a dog’s health that it may or may not be able to communicate but do require your attention. (Well, a dog requires your attention constantly.)

One such issue is the dog’s bone health, and you should know when your dog’s bones are not healthy. Dogs are mobile, energetic animals. This means constant running around the house and playing fetch. They need bones that support this mobility. They need to be fit and active or else they may become too lethargic and unresponsive, and nobody likes a sad dog!

The symptoms to tell if your dog is facing issues with its bones and needs joint or bone support is easy to tell. These are:

  • The dog’s hind legs are shaking, showing signs of weakness, or the dog is showing lameness.
  • Any form of limping.
  • Your dog does not want to go on daily walks.
  • Your dog is lethargic, does not want to play and stays down all day.
  • Your dog does not want to go up or downstairs.
  • The fore or hind leg collapsing. Collapse is a red signal.
  • Any kind of crying, whining, or howling.

The causes behind these symptoms are numerous and could be hard to find. The first thing you should do is take your dog for a wellness visit to the nearest vet, for not only are vets experts and will give you the correct remedy, but they will even be able to tell you ways in which you can maintain bone health in your dog even if its bones seem fine. There can be several reasons as to why your dog has weak bones. Some dogs, like Labradors, have bad hip bones and are susceptible to canine hip dysplasia. Sometimes, it could be a lack of calcium in your dog’s diet. Other times, it could simply be a genetic deformity. What is to be remembered in all cases is that one must defer to a vet’s judgment and look up to them for more information on their pet’s health.

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However, it is not always necessary to take a trip to the doctor for every small issue. Once the vet clears your dog, you can still try home remedies to ensure the issue doesn’t spring up again. There are a number of home remedies you can try to keep your dog’s bones stronger and make sure that you never get to a situation where your dog’s bones are not healthy. This would also ensure that your dog’s life is easier and healthier. These are also not very hard to do. Some of them are:

1) Feed your dog a well-balanced diet. Your dog is not supposed to be vegan. It’s an animal and animals require their proteins; so ensure they get all the metals and vitamins that are required in their diet. Calcium is a must.

2) Exercise your pet regularly. Dogs are agile by nature but make sure you walk them a little extra and play with them regularly.

3) Avoid treats that aren’t very nutritional for your dog. Instead, choose treats that could be sources of magnesium and calcium as the former helps absorb calcium and sleep easy and calcium helps you strengthen bones.

4) Always consult with a vet before changing your dog’s diet, especially before adding something to it. If you are new to living with a dog and don’t know what to feed him, consult a vet to know the proper diet before buying food. (As a matter of fact, before bringing the dog home!)    

In the end, you must remember that you cannot be your pet’s doctor, but you can be its friend. It may be hard to find answers to everything by yourself, and you may not know as how to take care of your dog in such conditions, but it’s imperative to remember that there are vets who do, who will help you take better care of your dog and make it healthier. Listen to them, and go to them for regular wellness visits, and soon your dog will be back on its feet again. The reason why it is critical particularly for bone health is that this is not external and you come to realize that your dog’s bones are not healthy only when it is a bit late. As a matter of fact, just like we start going to preventive health checkups are humans after a certain age, you should take your beloved pet as well to the vet for preventive health checkups.