Joint Disease, Could Your Dog Already Have It?

Osteoarthritis is more common in dogs than most people think.

It’s safe to say many of us know someone suffering with osteoarthritis, or you may even suffer from it yourself.  But what about our canine companions? Does your dog seem to walk stiffly or have trouble moving around? Do you feel that your dog might be slowing down?  If so, your precious friend may be suffering from arthritis or other form of joint disease.
Dog with stiff joints laying on carpet not wanting to go out

Most dogs will develop some form of  joint disease at some point in their lifetime.

Unfortunately, per a study from the Pain Management College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida: only about 50% of dogs with arthritis receive treatment because many owners assume that slowing down is inevitable with age. they don’t realize their dog is slowing down because of pain.

I recommend joint support for all of my patients with signs of reduced mobility.

Joint support supplements are absolutely essential to help maintain healthy cartilage and joint fluid and inhibit its further breakdown.  Important ingredients to consider are glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, and omega 3 fatty acidsthe building blocks to synthesize important components of cartilage and joint fluid, block enzymes that break down cartilage, and have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties.
In addition to recommending weight control, moderate daily exercise, and types of physical therapy, your veterinarian may also prescribe prescription medications like NSAIDS to help with the pain and inflammation of arthritis. But unlike NSAIDs that can cause kidney, liver and digestive problems, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM and Omega 3’s provided in a properly formulated supplement have an extremely low chance of any unwanted side effects.
man with dog sitting on stairs

How long until joint supplements take effect?

Since supplements are not a drug, changes in your pet may occur gradually.  Whether used for an acute injury or a chronic joint condition, they are a vital part of treatment, and I have had great response in my patients.  Time and time again I see patients that end up “acting like a puppy again” and have more mobility and comfort than before.

So, what signs of potential joint disease should you look for?

Symptoms include:

  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Weakness and loss of muscle mass
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Unwillingness to exercise or reluctance to participate in regular activities
  • Unable to relax or get comfortable, may change position frequently

Dog without joint disease catching frisbee

As a veterinarian in daily practice, I can say that we are seeing very positive results with providing a good quality joint supplement in your pet’s daily regimen. Try VetWell Joint Support for the optimal care of joints, skin & coat, plus digestion all in one tasty soft chew.  It is convenient, economical, and helps support the healthy lifestyle that your special companion deserves.

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