HERE ARE SOME CLUES THAT CAN SHOW THAT YOUR DOG HAS JOINT PROBLEMS!
Posted on Jan 2 •
IS YOUR DOG...
- Slowing down? Slower to get up?
- Less enthusiastic on walks?
- Having difficulty climbing stairs or getting into the car?
- Playing less?
- Sensitive when touched or picked up?
- Limping or a not fully bending the joints?
YOUR DOG MAY BE HAVING JOINT PROBLEMS! VETWELL'S FULL LINE OF VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDED PROBLEMS CAN HELP!
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Keeping your pet’s joints healthy is one of the most important things that you can do
To aid in a happy, active life for our furry family members. Joint problems are one of the most common issues are seen by veterinarians. Unfortunately, many pet owners assume that “slowing down” is normal and do not seek help for their pets. Since, most dogs and cats can hide their pain, a pet parent may not know if their loved one has a joint problem.
Joint problems can affect dogs of all breeds, sizes and stages of life.
Large breed dogs like the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retriever can be prone to joint defects at birth, the most common being hip dysplasia. Small breed dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, the Maltese, and Poodles can be born with joint defects too, with patellar luxation being the most common.
Over time, these conditions can lead to degeneration of the joint.
This leads to arthritis, joint pain, and reduced mobility. Signs can develop at an early age, depending on the severity of the problem. As caregivers, it is important to consider joint care in these pets early to aid in protection of the joint and delay progression of arthritis.
Here are some clues that may determine if your pet has any joint problems:
- Slower to rise after rest
- Less enthusiastic on walks
- Difficulty or reluctance climbing stairs or getting into a vehicle
- Playing less
- Swollen joints
- Sensitive to touch or when picked up
- Limping or a stiff gait (not fully bending the joint)
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WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY PET'S JOINT HEALTH?
- Regular moderate exercise is very important. It is a great way to keep muscles strong and flexible which in turn supports the joint. It also helps to increase joint fluid and nutrient availability to the joint. Swimming is a great non-impact exercise for dogs. When walking your pet, make sure you are doing so at a comfortable pace.
- Proper nutrition is also key. Feeding a high-quality diet without by-products or unhealthy ingredients may help reduce inflammation in the body.
- Weight management goes hand in hand with exercise and nutrition. An estimated half of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. As you can imagine, extra weight will worsen any joint problem.
- Comfort in the home can sometimes be forgotten. If your pet has joint problems, make sure you provide a quality pet bed that is made to support joints. Consider a ramp for your vehicle and pet stairs for furniture. If you have wood or tile floors, a pet with arthritis may have a difficult time with traction. Rugs strategically placed around the home may help, in addition to a variety of pet socks or boots that help prevent slipping on hard floors.
- Love your pet. (Of course we ALL do!) Petting or light massage can help overall circulation and reduce muscle tension. Massage around, but not directly on the affected joint. Stop immediately if your pet shows any signs of discomfort.
- ALWAYS Seek the advice of your family veterinarian.
- Start them on a good quality joint supplement.
What should I look for in a joint supplement?
- OMEGA 3 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
These supplements work at a cellular level to support joint cartilage and fluid in multiple ways. Glucosamine and Chondroitin work together to stimulate new cartilage production and prevent or delay further breakdown of cartilage. MSM can decrease joint inflammation and restore collagen production therefore increasing mobility and reducing pain. Omega 3 essential fatty acids support the body’s immune system, cell function and helps to lessen inflammation in the joint. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that are commonly used to aid GI health, but did you know that they can be used for joints as well? By aiding a healthy gut, they support the immune system and therefore can help reduce inflammation in the joint.
Here at VetWELL, we developed a joint supplement that has all of these important ingredients in a tasty soft chew called WellSyn. It is a grain, gluten, and soy-free chew that provides what your pet needs to support healthy joints and overall body health.