DURING winter months, joint stiffness in pets can get worse and appear more pronounced.

Cold and damp weather can aggravate joint conditions and cause discomfort.

Old or young, it’s important to take care of your dog’s joints to ensure they live a happy life with you.

Poor joint mobility can make it hard for your pet to perform simple everyday tasks such as, getting a comfortable night’s sleep or even bending down to their bowl.

Animal healthcare producers, nutravet, is encouraging owners to take care of their pets joints to avoid discomfort.

Korina Stephens RVN from nutravet said : “Some pet owners put a reluctance to go on walks or go upstairs down to their dog is getting old, however, joint problems don’t just affect older dogs.

“There are a number of reasons why your pet might be suffering from poor joint health, including old age, being overweight, or if they have suffered an injury. Joint problems tend to occur more often as pets age, with some breeds of dog, particularly larger breeds being more prone to developing joint problems than others.

“It is especially important to support and protect your senior pets during winter, or if they have suffered any broken bones, as these might be more sensitive to the cold and wet conditions. If you are worried about your pet’s condition, you should always speak to your vet as they are best placed to offer advice.”

Pet owners understand their dog’s normal behaviour patterns exhibited and identify signs that their pet is struggling.

The animal health company has put together a number of way to help elevate their pets pains and improve their mobility.

Owners should managed their pets weight as excess weight can put pressure on joints.

If they are overweight, aim to reduce your pet’s calorie intake to minimise the load on the joints.

It is important that your pet gets regular exercise to avoid stiffness and muscle wastage.

It’s key to maximise the range of movement and fitness of the muscles around the joint.

Try to avoid long or infrequent walks for your dog and make sure you take them for several, short walks throughout the day.

Provide plenty of cosy and warm bedding to help keep your pet warm.

Make sure their bed is in a warm place to avoid cold and damp conditions, which can aggravate joint pain.

Lift their bed up from cold floors and add extra bedding to provide padding for sore joints.

Your vet may prescribe medication to reduce the inflammation and provide pain relief.

A natural alternative is Boswellia extract, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.