Dog Nutritional Supplements – Helping a Dog with Arthritis

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It’s very tough to see a dog age.  It’s even more difficult to witness our beloved pet hobbled by arthritis.

It is important to understand that there is help for our aging dogs with arthritis. 

My son found a box of puppies that were abandoned along side a road a few years ago.  The puppies were rescued and all found suitable homes.

Of course, my son brought home one of the puppies.  This cute little girl turned out to be a German Shepherd mix.  She is now 10 years old and lives with my son in Dallas.

A couple of years ago, she started having some joint problems.  She would groan when she got up from lying down.  She was also reluctant to climb stairs. 

My son knew exactly what to do.  He visited online the website of the vendor that supplies all our dog food, treats, and dog nutritional supplements.  He purchased an agility supplement that included  glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin Sulfate (sea mussels), and hyaluronic
acid. 

Within days, Princess had instant relief.  She had no problem getting up after lying down.  She bounded up the stairs quickly.  She was a new dog.

A couple of months ago, the vet told my son that Princess was the healthiest dog she had ever seen.  Dog nutritional supplements for arthritis work.  Don’t let your dog suffer.

I read an article that discusses this very subject.  The article is “Helping a dog with arthritis.”  It is written by Frank C. Boren, DVM of the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus.

Here is a quote from the article:

A dog with arthritis will often be reluctant to take long walks, will have difficulty rising or climbing stairs, and may hesitate to jump on a couch or bed. The dog might lick the affected joint and be sore to the touch. You might also observe your dog limping or becoming withdrawn and avoid play.

Osteoarthritis occurs because the cartilage padding that protects the joint becomes damaged or has worn down because of aging or poor conformation. The resulting inflammation and exposure of nerve endings in the underlying bone causes pain. Treatment of osteoarthritis relies on countering these changes.

Treatment includes nutritional supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates to protect the cartilage covering the joints. These supplements provide the building blocks to repair damaged cartilage and may also have anti-inflammatory effects. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help by reducing inflammation, but it takes time for all nutritional products to have a beneficial effect.

The entire article can be read here.  Dr. Boren goes on to discuss drugs that can be given to your dog to help suppress the pain. 

I prefer to have my dog take drugs as the last resort.  Good dog nutritional supplements treat the root of the problem and not just the symptoms.  I want the cause of the problem corrected.  If the source of the pain is corrected, the pain is alleviated. 

Scott Hubbard is a long time pet lover. For the last 40 years, dogs have been a major part of his family.

He has dedicated the last 8 years of his life to finding the best products for pet health. You can reach him directly by calling toll-free 877-878-4036 or by emailing him at ScottHubbard@GuideToPetNutrition.com.

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