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How You Can Help An Aging Dog

Unfortunately, our furry friends age just like us. Since aging can come with aches and pains for any species, we wanted to know how to help our dogs in their later years. We spoke to Dr. Molly Spears from Bluffton, South Carolina, for age-old advice (pardon the joke). Here’s what she had to say:

As pets age, many will display signs of arthritis, which can include stiff joints and a hesitation to jump into the car or go up or down the stairs. There are joint supplements available at pet stores that help provide relief for these symptoms. However, some dogs may need anti-inflammatory or other pain-relieving medications to help with discomfort. A physical exam is necessary to determine if your pet has arthritis or if it’s a more serious health condition. Before relying on any over-the-counter remedies, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

Even though we can’t stop our dogs from aging, we can help relieve some of the pain that comes with the process. Just like with humans, it’s always smart to go to the doctor to see what’s up before trying every over-the-counter option.

This article originally appeared on Southernliving.com