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Any Activity at Any Age

There are no limits. The only limit is your mind. You’re only as old as you feel. Yes, these are all a bit cliché but – they’re also very true. You likely know someone who defies their age – looking, living, and thriving well-below their years. You can also experience this fountain of youth and energy.

There are no magic pills, foods, or solutions that can give you the feeling of energy, wellness, and health – it comes with good habits, consistency, an open mind, and a sense of adventure. Yes, you do need a bit of luck on your side with healthy joints, the ability to follow the unbeaten path, and overall wellness. But, really there are no limits on what you can do.

Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, picking up a new sport at the age of 60, learning to scuba dive or sail during your retirement years, packing up your belongings in a storage trailer and setting out for a round-the-world adventure – there’s no reason why you can’t do this and more. Read more

Arthritis Need to Know

Need To Know: Arthritis

There is nothing more debilitating than arthritis. This very common disease knows no boundaries when it comes to age, sex, or race – it is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Often associated with joint swelling, redness, stiffness, a limited range of motion, and pain, arthritis symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. Impacting more than 50 million American adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is unfortunately more common than most people realize. Because the symptoms and pain of arthritis can be so wide-ranging, the disease impacts each person differently.

You may know someone with arthritis who struggles to walk up and down stairs and you may know someone with arthritis who is able to play tennis regularly and enjoy her garden. The individual impacts of this disease can make it hard for friends, family, and colleagues to understand how limiting the disease can be. 

We want to create better understanding of arthritis and urge you to share this article with your friends, family, colleagues, and social media network. If you know someone who has arthritis, take the time to listen to them and understand what they’re going through – don’t dismiss their pain or chalk it up to small aches. If you have arthritis, we hope you’re getting the right medical care and support you need to manage your disease and pain. Read more

Adopting a Senior Dog

Adopting a Senior Dog

There is nothing quite the like the companionship and love of a dog. Your dog is there for you when you come home from work, ready to play on a Saturday afternoon, or to cuddle up for an evening of movies and treats. You have special connection with your dog that grows over time. The more time you spend with your dog, the closer you become.

Since you’re thinking of adopting a senior dog, we want you to be reassured that you’ll have this same deep connection with your new-to-you older dog. Remember, your senior dog has likely been through some rough days and is looking for someone to love unconditionally and who will do the same for him.

When thinking about adopting a senior dog, there are some different aspects to dog ownership to think about when compared to adopting a puppy. We want you to feel prepared and excited for your new senior dog. Thank you for giving an older dog a fresh start with a safe, loving, and stable home. Read more

Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth

You’ve heard the saying “50 is the new 40” or “60 is the new 50” – well, we want you to reframe your thinking about your health. Yes, there are certain things all of us need to pay attention to as we move through the decades, but what if we dropped the focus on the number and instead focused on total health.

Instead of telling ourselves we can’t do this or that because we’re too old or because we’ve never done it before, instead take an approach of openness. Not one of us is getting any younger, so taking on challenges, new activities, changes in nutrition, and setting a renewed focus on our overall body and joint health is a huge step in the right direction.

Admittedly, this thinking is counter-intuitive to much of what we see, hear, and read about getting older and aging. Instead of going trampolining (excellent for joint health support), we’re told to take up lawn bowling or walking. Instead of going on an all-day hike in the mountains with our grandchildren, we’re told to go to the park for an afternoon of relaxation and fresh air. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but what we’re trying to emphasize is that you can do what you want – there is no time like the present to take control of your mental and physical health. Read more

Warning Symptoms in Senior Dogs

Warning Symptoms in Senior Dogs

As we see our dogs age, we slowly adjust to their changes in behavior. We often don’t notice the subtle slow-downs when out walking or the fatigue that comes after one lap around the park. Often, we don’t realize that our dog has lost muscle mass or is having trouble hearing.

This is normal. All too often owners of senior dogs feel guilty when they realize that they’ve missed symptoms of disease or other problems – assuming these changes were just normal parts of getting older. While we don’t want you becoming hyper-aware of how your dog is or isn’t behaving, it is important to know the signs of aging and warning symptoms in senior dogs.

As always, do consult your veterinarian for an expert professional opinion. Never undertake any sudden changes in your dog’s food, exercise, or medication without consulting with your veterinarian. Read more

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Joint Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Joint Health

Work, play, and everything in between—joint pain can sideline you from even the simplest day-to-day activities. Whether it’s mild or severe, aches and pains can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. But what’s a person to do when suffering with swollen, painful, stiff joints?

In the West, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers are usually prescribed when it comes to addressing the symptoms associated with joint pain. But long-term use of some of these pharmaceuticals can lead to serious health alarms like an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

And if you think pill popping over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are safe alternatives, they are not free from side effects either, as they have their fair share of potential problems, like stomach ulcers and liver issues.

Fortunately, there are healthy, natural, and safe options that will effectively treat your joint pain. Read more

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

We’re a few weeks into January and it’s the perfect time to think about your year. Now that the excitement around the holidays and New Year resolutions is over, it’s the ideal time to think about what you want out of the year.

You, like the rest of us, were likely overwhelmed with articles about making New Year’s resolutions and how to make these resolutions stick. Unfortunately, too often we frame our resolutions around negativity. We only look at the aspects of our lives and selves that we believe aren’t good enough. Read more

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

No dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or pet owner enjoys a visit to the veterinarian. There’s the shaking, the crying, the shedding, the peeing, the hiding, and the ordeal of getting your dog into his carrier. All of it adds up to a stressful and worrisome experience. You don’t enjoy it and your dog definitely doesn’t enjoy it.

Regardless of the age or temperament of your dog, something happens when you get the carrier out and whisper the word “veterinarian”. However, visiting the veterinarian yearly or more frequently depending on your dog’s health is a necessary aspect of being a dog and pet owner. If you have a dog with joint mobility issues, arthritis, diabetes, or another condition – you know how important it is to keep up with consistent veterinarian visits.

We’ve put together some tips on how to make the veterinarian visit and entire experience better for you and your dog. As always, we want to hear from you. Do you have a tip or two that you find helps your beloved dog have a better veterinarian visit? Share with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page. Read more

Poor Posture

Poor Posture

Prolonged sitting in front of a computer, in a car, or at a desk can result in poor posture habits that ultimately cause a wide range of problems such as chronic back or neck pain. Read more

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

For many people and dogs, the winter can be a challenging time of the year. The days get shorter, the weather is cooler, and it becomes very easy to hibernate. Slowly but surely our routines change and we find ourselves being less active, getting outside less, and having more relaxing nights in with a book or movie.

We’re here to tell you that it shouldn’t be this way. You and your dog need to keep up your regular activities – regardless of the weather. Rain, snow, wind, and gloomy weather is not a reason to stay inside. Especially for anyone who has a senior dog or a dog with joint or mobility issues, exercise and daily stimulation is extremely important.

Make this winter season different and forge a new path with some new ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. You’ll feel better. Your dog will feel better. Everyone will be smiling, and remember there is always hot chocolate and a natural dog chew waiting for you inside. Read more