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Do you think your dog may have
Have you noticed that your dog is slowing down and is not able to jump into the car or onto the couch? Is he having difficulty negotiating stairs or finishing his walks? All of these symptoms could indicate that your pet is experiencing the discomfort of joint disease.
Joint disease is the number one chronic condition affecting up to 25% of adult dogs, yet current studies and research show that less than 1 in 7 dogs with joint disease actually receive proper care and attention. That's the bad news, the good news is, that there are easy and effective treatment options available, if you do your due diligence.
When a healthy joint becomes unhealthy
In a healthy dog, the natural joint building blocks, such as, cartilage and synovial fluid, reduce friction and act as a shock absorbers. Mother Nature provides for the body to make these joint building blocks naturally, by producing a substance called glycosaminoglycans, sometimes referred to as GAG's.GAG's consist of:
When a dog's natural ability to produce GAG's has been impaired due to long standing chronic factors such as injury, repeated stress, excess weight, poor diet or genetic predisposition of its breed, then progressive degeneration of its joints present. Joint degeneration is a chronic condition that builds up over time; the tell tale symptoms that your dog has unhealthy joints are:
If a dog with diseased joints is not treated, recovery is highly unlikely, due to its body's inability to produce enough of the joint building blocks required for optimum healthy bones and joints. This means an untreated pet will suffer with swollen joints and constant pain leading to a very miserable and less active life.
Pet owners have many options to treat unhealthy joints in their dogs, and they fall primarily into two different categories - pharmaceutical or drug options, and natural alternatives.
Pharmaceutical or drug options
Drug options include:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
It is important to bear in mind when considering NSAIDs to always work closely with your veterinarian.
For those of you reading this article it is vital that you understand that pets can not metabolise some over the counter drugs and medications commonly used for arthritis and joint degeneration in humans, in particular pain killers containing aspirin. Aspirin can be fatal to pets because it causes the destruction of their red blood cells, "aspirin should never ever be given to cats and dogs".
Natural alternative remedies and treatments
Because of the often unacceptable side effects of NSAIDs, many pet owners are now shifting towards using natural and holistic remedies.
Holistic treatments, used alone or with safe drug options have benefits your pet will feel, and you will see.
GAG's will help supply your dog's body with joint building blocks and other natural ingredients such as herbs and flower healing essences will help to increase blood circulation, decrease inflammation and slow oxidative damage, all of which, will allow your pet's body to repair and rebuild its effected joints.
After a few weeks you should notice your pet moving more easily, climbing the stairs, completing walks, jumping up on your bed or into the car and being much more of a happy chappy overall.
Key active ingredients in natural treatment alternatives
Non-complete vs. complete formulas
If a dog with diseased joints receives an incomplete formula, containing only glucosamine and or chondroitin sulfate or less than effective amounts of the GAGs ingredients needed, repair of its joint may be enabled but many pets will see slow and only partial recovery.
However, if a dog with diseased joints receives a complete GAGs formula, together with other other natural ingredients necessary to increase circulation, decrease inflammation, remove free radicals and enhance absorption, then optimal and accelerated recovery can be expected.For a range of supplements and vitamins which you can use with complete confidence that they are safe for your pet click here.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Library and is presented for informational purposes only and not intended as an endorsement of any product. The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com
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