Arthritis is caused by a loss of the cartilage surrounding the dog’s joints. As the joint’s cartilage wears away, the bones scrape against each other causing pain. By helping your aging bulldog rebuild some of the lost cartilage you can help ease his pain.
3 Basic Supplements for Bulldogs
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) are the three best supplements you can offer your aging bulldog. Because these three supplements are such an important part of both human and animal diets, they are often combined for you and sold in capsules which make it easy to dose them properly. If you do nothing else but offer glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM you will still see a vast improvement in your bulldog. They will do wonders in strengthening and maintaining healthy and flexible joints. They also support the body’s connective tissues, as well as supply vital nutrients to hair, skin, and nails.
Another valuable supplement for any bulldog is salmon oil. Drizzle a small amount over their kibble once a day, providing valuable omega oils which offer an additional boost to your dog’s joint and overall health.
Cold weather can cause an older bulldog’s joints to ache and creak, just as it does to older human joints. Make sure that your bulldog has a warm place to retreat from the cold, fully protected from any cold air drafts. There are no beds available that have internal warming pads, similar to a heating blanket for humans, which can offer an arthritic bulldog a much needed warm spot to ease their aching joints.
If your bulldog’s pain reaches a point where they no longer want to move around or go outside there are medications and specially formatted painkillers that for elderly dogs that can help them get around a bit easier.