1. Sending signals
Some scientists think that changes within the body – triggered by colder weather – amplify pain signals. In the cold, the body’s sympathetic nerves constrict blood vessels in limbs in order to concentrate on keeping the vital organs warm, increasing the pain felt in the joints.
2. Laying low
By generally taking less exercise in the winter, the body’s circulation is not as good, meaning less oxygen and nutrients get to the joints. Try taking them for two shorter walks rather than one longer one to avoid stiffness.
3. Grumpy and grouchy…
A low mood is linked to higher levels of perceived pain. Some research has suggested dogs can also suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder as a result of less exposure to natural light.
4. Up the ante
This winter, keep them warm, keep them active, ensure they get some natural light and consider supporting their immediate and long-term joint health with a supplement.