CANINE ARTHRITIS - Natural protection plan for improved joint health
Arthritis as early as age two?
Most people think of arthritis as an "old dogs" disease. Arthritis symptoms usually start to show up after age 5 (sooner in larger breeds). But what is important is what is going on before symptoms start to manifest.
In one study 95% of dogs showed radiographic evidence of arthritis lesions at age two, even though no outward symptoms were apparent. This means the degenerative process that will eventually lead to pain and discomfort starts much sooner than most people think. Taking proactive measures now is vital to your pet's future quality of life.
|Step 1: Essential Supplements - for healthy joints|
Many nutritional advancements have been made in the way we address joint health. Supplements that have been used successfully to reduce joint pain and discomfort are now being recognized for their protective qualities.
Giving a healthy dog the same supplements you give an arthritic dog could go a long way in avoiding the joint and cartilage deterioration that eventually results in arthritis symptoms.
This is great news for those caring for a dog with arthritis that also have other dogs in the household.
Nupro Joint Support - All of the great stuff in the original blend with the added benefit of key ingredients shown to support joint health and rejuvenation. Glucosamine complex to protect and regenerate cartilage as well as reduce joint pain and inflammation. MSM, also an anti-inflammatory, stimulates the growth and repair of cartilage, tendons and other connective tissue. Ester C boosts the effectiveness of Glucosamine and MSM while providing extra support to the immune system. Vitamin C deficiency has been linked to hip dysplasia and other arthritis-like conditions.
Your dog can further benefit form the long chain fatty acids, specifically n-3s, found in the highest concentrations in fish oils. Fish oil is a great, all-round supplement for any dog, but it has significant importance to joint health. n-3 fatty acids reduce the expression of cartilage degrading enzymes while suppressing the production of inflammatory mediators, providing protection to the cartilage.
Nutri-Vet Wild Salmon Oil comes from 100% wild salmon, not farmed sources. Wild salmon has higher levels of beneficial omega-3 and lower levels of saturated fats.
|Step 2: Diet - feed them right and keep them right|
A healthy lifestyle, which includes proper exercise and diet, can help prevent a host of diseases like diabetes, hypothyroidism, cancer and arthritis.
Weight management is extremely important to joint health. The more weight your dog's joints have to bear, the greater the risk of damage and deterioration of the cartridge. It is tempting to over feed our canine friends and indulge them with treats and table scraps, but remember the consequences.
Besides the amount of food we feed our dogs, what we feed them is also important. Most experts recommend an all natural, high quality diet that contains some raw foods. Among the benefits of adding raw foods is the addition of natural vitamin C to the diet. Vitamin C deficiency has been linked to hip dysplasia and other arthritis-like conditions.
It is important to note that ingredients like wheat, corn and soy (present in large amounts in dry dog food) tend to increase inflammation.
|Step 3: Exercise - keep your dog lean, strong and healthy|
Adequate exercise is important for your dog in all stages of life. It promotes good health and reduces behavioral issues
As it relates to joint health, exercise is helpful in the following ways:
A healthy dog needs about 1 hour of exercise a day (more for active breeds). Walks and interactive games are a great way to bond with your pet while keeping them happy and healthy.
- Improves metabolism and burns excess calories, helping maintain a proper weight.
- Helps stabilize joints by strengthening surrounding muscles.
- Improves physical functioning and stamina while enhancing emotional well being.
- Improves circulation.
Following the outlined plan above, which includes supplementation, proper diet and exercise, can help provide the protective joint support to keep your pet healthy and arthritis free!
Everything you need is in the Essential Joint Support Kit - vital supplements, information on diet and nutrition along with beneficial exercises and activities to avoid.