WHAT CAN YOU GIVE YOUR DOG FOR JOINT PAIN?
There are a few reasons why dogs can have joint pain. Whether it's age, weight gain or breed, it can be hard to watch your dog struggle with everyday activities.
There are two main reasons why dogs develop joint pain. The first is developmental and the other is degenerative. Developmental means that it is a hereditary predisposition. Degenerative means that it is a problem that has developed over time (age, weight, etc.). Conditions that are both developmental and degenerative include hip dysplasia and canine arthritis.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF JOINT PAIN IN DOGS?
Two out of three dogs will suffer from some form of arthritis/joint pain and stiffness in their lifetime, making it one of the most common causes of chronic pain treated by vets. Osteoarthritis in dogs can be caused by poor diet, advanced age or wear and tear/injury, but can be treated if detected early enough. Conditions such as hip dysplasia and canine arthritis are more common in larger breeds such as St. Bernards, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Newfoundlands, Bernese Mountain Dogs and German Shepherds, as they naturally carry more weight. Basically, however, all dogs, regardless of size and age, can be affected.
However, before you go to the vet and spend thousands of dollars on expensive treatments or surgery, there are a few things you can incorporate into your dog's diet if you suspect he is developing stiff, painful joints....
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR DOG HAS JOINT PAIN?
Difficulty sitting, standing or lying down
Slowness or stiffness when standing up
Difficulty climbing stairs
Reluctance to jump or run
Decreased activity or less interest in normal activities
Swelling of the joints
WHAT SHOULD YOU GIVE DOGS FOR JOINT PAIN?
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound in the body that is used to treat joint wear and tear, disc injuries, recovery from joint surgery and to help dogs maintain their performance.
It works by promoting the repair of damaged cartilage, the spongy material that cushions bones. When cartilage is damaged - by weight, pressure on the bones or age - joints become inflamed and release enzymes that cause even more damage. Glucosamine also helps maintain the synovial fluid that lubricates joints, helping to reduce friction during sudden or continuous movements and combat pain and discomfort in both the short and long term.
By making sure your dog gets glucosamine in their diet, you can ensure that you are treating the cause of the pain, rather than simply giving painkillers that only numb but do not help to improve it.
Glucosamine hydrochloride for dogs or glucosamine sulphate?
There is no evidence that glucosamine sulphate for dogs offers any benefits or more benefits than glucosamine hydrochloride for dogs. Hydrochloride simply provides a more concentrated form of glucosamine.
As fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it can also promote circulation to reduce pain and swelling in the joints.
Green-lipped mussels have been shown to help with joint pain and discomfort as they are rich in omega fatty acids and glucosamine, making them a natural anti-inflammatory. You can help promote hip and joint flexibility while relieving pain that limits movement and mobility.
Vitamins C and E stimulate the production of collagen and proteoglycan, both important building blocks of joint cartilage.
MSM is an organic form of sulphur. It occurs naturally in dogs and is often used for pain relief. It relieves joint inflammation and swelling and inhibits the breakdown of cartilage, the tissue that protects joints. When your dog suffers from joint pain, the rigid fibres swell and become inflamed, causing discomfort.... This is where MSM comes in. With its natural properties and ability to reduce pressure in the cells, it relieves pain in the restricted areas, helping to strengthen mobility and relieve pain.
Turmeric is a natural ingredient that has been used in human medicine for generations. In joint supplements for dogs, it fights stiffness, promotes healthy joint fluid and maintains mobility in damaged and arthritic joints.
Calciumfructoborate helps fight and relieve joint and hip pain, improves overall mobility and range of motion during activity and sports.
To get the most out of your dietary supplement for dogs with joint pain, give it to your dog exactly as recommended in the feed to ensure and support optimal joint and bone health.