Using Far Infrared Heat Therapy to Reduce the Impact of Arthritis on Your Dog
For many of us our dogs are just like any other member of our family. We want to do everything we can to give them a full and long life. One of the most common ailments for dogs is arthritis. This disease slows down your animal and can affect its quality of life.
Dogs have three types of joints and all of them can be affected by arthritis - ball and socket joints such as the shoulder, hinge joints such as the knee and plane joints such as ankle. Even though the dynamics of how these joints work are very different they all have some similarities. They all use synovial fluid as a lubricant between the bones with tendons and ligaments to stabilize the joints.
There are many signs that indicate your dog may have arthritis. These signs can show up at almost any age. Arthritis can progress at varying degrees and speeds and will cause your dogs health to degenerate. The most common symptoms and the easiest to spot are stiffness, a reluctance to rise from a resting position and or a tendency to limp. Some of the other signs of arthritis are reluctance to run and jump, lagging behind on walks or yelping when handled. The pain from arthritis can also cause personality changes as the dog becomes less willing to put up with the pain of even casual handling.
There are two main types of arthritis in dogs. The first is inflammatory joint disease. This type of arthritis is characterized by overall stiffness and can affect multiple joints throughout the body. The second type is degenerative arthritis. This type of arthritis affects dogs that are trained as work or show dogs. The repetitive movements as a result of the commands dogs are trained to respond to, put continual stress on the joints and have a detrimental effect on the dog’s health. This stress often causes the fluid in the joint to thin allowing the bones to rub together. The damage from this type of arthritis may not show up for years and is often irreversible.
Determining if your dog has arthritis is not always easy and by the time it is obvious it is often too late to treat properly. Typically the dog may be treated with a regimen of painkillers, prescription drugs, diet and exercise and in extreme cases surgery may be required.
An alternative means of treating arthritis in your pet is with the use of far infrared heat therapy. Far infrared heat not only helps dogs that already have arthritis but it will also help protect dogs that may be susceptible. The radiant heat, from far infrared heating elements in a dog bed or heating pad penetrates the dog’s body from one and a half to three inches. The deep heating rays increases the flow of oxygen rich blood to the injured area, allowing the dog’s immune system to start the healing process. Far infrared heat helps break down any foreign material that may have collected in the joints and allows it to be expelled from the dog’s body through the blood, liver and kidneys. For dogs that already suffer from arthritis, an infrared bed or pad will help heal the joints and reduce the pain. Used as a preventive device far infrared heating pads will help improve the overall health of your dog. Once your dog is mobile, he will again be your best friend.
If your dog is currently suffering from arthritis or is being trained to perform specific repetitive tasks, a far infrared heating pad may be just what your dog needs for a long and pain free life. It is never too late to start looking after your dog’s health. Any preventive methods you take are always preferable to drug treatments or surgery.