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The joints and muscles of your dog get strained in much the same way as humans. Any excessive physical effort, awkward movements or old age can contribute to muscle pain or joint problems in dogs. This guide will provide information on how to deal with joint and muscle problems in your canine pet, so that it can lead a more comfortable life.Causes of joint and muscle problems
Dogs engage in a variety of physical activities which includes running and jumping. Most of such activities are very demanding of muscles as they are supposed to provide bursts of energy every time your dog wants to leap towards a tennis ball. The joints and muscles of your dog heal naturally over time, given enough nutrition and rest, but sometimes excessive stress or reduced healing rates may lead to degenerative problems. Certain breeds are also more prone to joint and muscle problems than others.Symptoms
Dogs are extremely hardy creatures, and you may not notice that your pet is experiencing discomfort until it becomes a severe problem as they are unable to express minor aches. Muscle pain or joint pain may cause your dog to minimize the range and frequency of movement. Dogs may limp or walk differently to deal with the pain. You may even notice behavioral changes including anti-social behavior, sensitivity to petting or refusal to walk. More severe muscle or joint problems can cause visible swelling. Pay close attention to your dog's behavior to ensure that it is not going through any pain.Treatment
Short term muscle problems can be caused because of an especially vigorous playing session. Simply allowing your dog enough of rest and providing good food can help it recuperate within a few days. However, a pulled muscle may require some special attention such as administering a hot compress which soothes your dog. A cold compress, on the other hand, can reduce swelling when applied correctly. Most dogs naturally lose their appetite while they are in pain, but you need to ensure that your pet is properly fed and hydrated so that the condition does not deteriorate.If you are not able to feed your dog, it means that the pain may be quite serious. Visit a reliable and experienced veterinarian so that your dog gets the right kind of care for joint or muscle ailments. As far as possible, try to avoid pain medication as this puts unnecessary strain on your dog's organs, and ask if there are natural alternatives to treat or reduce the pain that your dog is experiencing. At the same time, you can prevent muscle problems
and joint problems
by keeping a tab on their physical activity to ensure that they do not unknowingly strain themselves.