Ice (also known as cryotherapy) is a very effective and all-natural anti-inflammatory treatment that can help relieve pain in arthritic joints. We recommend using an ice pack after activity, especially long walks, playing, or hiking. Use a commercial ice pack or make your own (see below). We do not recommend using frozen peas or corn as these do not get quite as cold as ideal. Wrap the ice pack in a clean dish towel or pillow case, then wrap it around the joint using an Ace (type) bandage. The bandage should be snug in order to apply some compression, as this has been shown to be more effective than icing alone. It should not be too tight that it cuts off circulation to the leg.
Ideally ice each joint for 15-20 minutes. If your dog does not tolerate this length, ice as long as you can.
**Never leave your dog unattended with the ice pack**
Here is a video on applying an ice pack to the front or back leg: https://www.animalsurgical.com/for-pet-owners/videos/
Here is a link to a company that makes ice packs and wraps for dogs: https://calderaintl.com/collections/pet-therapy-1
*To make your own ice pack*
Mix 1 part water and 2 parts rubbing alcohol in a ziploc bag. We recommend double bagging to reduce the risk of leaks. Place this bag in the freezer overnight. It will make a moldable ice pack that can be placed in a clean towel and wrapped around your dog’s leg.