We tend to only relate humans with joint pain. But this problem occurs in the dog world as well. Many of our furry friends go through acute pain due to joint and muscle problems. Keeping the language barrier in mind, it is best to watch out for the signs to prevent our friend from the pain. So let’s checkout the way to prevent dog joint pain.Joint and Muscle problems among our pet dogsSome of the most common problems among dogs are :- Hip Dysplasia :- It is the malformation of the hip which happens during the growth years of the dog. It is more common in the bigger dogs.Disk Prolapse :- It occurs when too much pressure is put on the spine of the dog. In the simple term this is known as Slip Disk. It causes immense pain and discomfort and in severe cases, it can even lead to paralysis. ACL injury :- It happens due to tearing of the ligament of the knee either by trauma or stress on the ligament due to pulling or jumping. Dog Joint Pain Symptoms It is best to keep an eye on your pet dog as they can not directly tell us what they are going through or the discomfort they are feeling. Here are some of the symptoms that can help you know about their discomfort.Watch the way your dog is walking.If your pet dog can get up immediately or needs help in getting up.Whether your dog is walking on all fours proportionately or favouring any particular limb.In severe cases, your dog might become lethargic and may give up eating.If you feel that your dog is exhibiting any one of the symptoms mentioned above, then you should immediately head towards your vet. Keep a tab on your dog’s weightMaintaining our dog’s weight is a difficult task for many of us. We tend to show our love by giving a few extra bits to eat as a reward. It is advisable to express your love by actions rather than treating them with some extra food. The actions would be watching your dog’s body weight and making sure that they don't gain extra pounds which could overburden their spine and legs which would ultimately cause them harm.Always be cautious of overfeeding and its effects. In bigger dogs, the tendency to gain weight is higher which results in a change in the biomechanics of the joints. The muscles start to gain extra fat, putting pressure on the bones which leads to problems like arthritis. As arthritis is incurable, it is best to keep it under control. Helpful Diet Your DogNutrition plays a very important role in weight management of your fur friend. While maintaining your dog’s weight, do not cut out on the nutrition they need. Vegetables are essential to give your dog’s muscles and joints the strength it requires. Chicken feet are known to be high in glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which are essential for joint health.If your dog is suffering from severe joint pain then you can supplement the food with the capsules that are rich in omega-3 fats and antioxidants which will strengthen your dog’s joints. Also, vegetables like spinach, pumpkin and zucchini can be included in your dog’s diet and the intake of sugar shall be limited. Just like we humans, dogs like a good massage too! And when suffering from joint or muscle trouble, there is an alternative to pushing a pill down your dog’s throat and that is a good massage and some specific exercises. It depends on the kind of problem your dog has. It is important to identify joint and muscle issues at early onset as prevention is better than cure along with the importance of weight management as a preventive measure.