Holistic Pet Info offers natural pet health care products and information for using nutritional supplements, vitamins and other natural medicines to help cats and dogs live healthy lives.
Preventing Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
Maintaining Healthy Joints in Pets, an educational video from HPI.
Promoting Healthy Joints in Dogs and Cats
While some breeds are more likely to develop arthritis, all dogs,
even young ones, can develop the condition. Feeding your dog a high quality diet from an early age is important to promote proper growth. A diet too high in fat calories will cause the animal to grow too fast and put excess strain on their joints. A diet loaded with carbohydrates can lead to excessive weight gain and inflammation.
A high protein, moderate fat and low carbohydrate diet is recommended and will help promote wellness in dogs and cats.
The following companies produce high quality pet foods which can be purchased at many local pet shops. Visit their websites to purchase online or locate retailers in your area:
Obesity and lack of exercise can increase the likelihood that your dog may
be affected with arthritis. Establish a daily exercise schedule to help keep muscles tones and joints properly lubricated.
Ideally, your dog should start receiving joint support supplements in their
middle years -- to help nourish and maintain the cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is one of the safest and most widely used
ingredient to maintain healthy joints in dogs.
Glucosamine stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and
chondroitin sulfate, the essential component of cartilage.
Chondroitin sulfate is another natural substance found in the body and it works
to prevent enzymes from degrading the building blocks of joint
cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate is often used in combination
with glucosamine, however, when used alone, glucosamine sulfate
helps the body to manufacture its own chondroitin.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian before using any supplements.