The Scottish Terrier and Osteoporosis: Prevention and Treatment Options

Dog owner question:

"Hello! My Scottish Terrier, named Bonnie, has recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I am very concerned about her and would like to know what I can do to help her.

Are there any dietary changes or supplements we can use? What exercise is recommended for my dog?"

Veterinarian's answer:

"Hi! First of all, I am very sorry that Bonnie has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a common problem in older dogs and breeds of dogs such as the Scottish Terrier are more prone to this disease.

I would like to start by reassuring you that there is much we can do to improve Bonnie's quality of life.

There are several steps to treating osteoporosis, including proper nutrition, exercise and sometimes the use of painkillers.

Nutrition is very important.

A high quality, nutrient-rich diet, rich in calcium and vitamin D, helps to keep bones healthy.

In addition, certain supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, can help maintain cartilage health and reduce pain.

Exercise is also important in dogs, but care should be taken.

Too much exercise can increase your dog's pain and further damage to the bones.

It is advisable to choose light but regular exercise for Bonnie, such as short walks or swimming. Swimming is good for the dog because it puts minimal stress on the bones and joints.

Painkillers may also be necessary, especially in advanced stages of osteoporosis. However, this should always be used under the guidance of your vet as some medicines have side effects!

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Bonnie can still enjoy life, even with osteoporosis.

The key is to watch for changes and communicate regularly with your vet to ensure Bonnie has the best quality of life possible!"