Looking after your own joint health seems obvious, but don’t forget about man’s best friend! One of the best indicators of their life quality is their ability to get up and move without pain – giving them a healthy supplement disguised as a tasty treat could go a long way to keeping them happy and active as they age.
While you may think it’s obvious when a dog suffers from inflammation from joint disease, they can also struggle with chronic, hidden inflammation. This low-grade form of inflammation stays for long periods of time and is behind many of the degenerative and inflammatory health issues that your pooch could suffer with. Researchers have found that chronic, low-grade inflammation is one of the majority drivers in joint degeneration (1). So, if you think your dog is a bit too young to be slowing down, it could be because they’re experiencing joint pain.
A normal joint is made up of joint fluid, and soft and hard tissues – together these allow bones to move and support the body. The soft tissues are made up of tendons, ligaments and the joint capsule. The hard tissues consist of the cartilage and underlying bone. These hard and soft tissues can weaken over time due to injury, developmental disorders, or even general wear and tear.
Get up and go!
If you’re afraid your dog’s get up and go has gotten up and gone, you may need to consider ways you can help them in getting their mojo back.
Large dogs are more likely to suffer from a degenerative joint disease, primarily due to their size and genetic disorders; adding more weight to joints creates more wear and tear. Working service dogs, hunting dogs over the age of 2, and dogs that compete in agility or flyball could also be at a higher risk of joint pain.
Knowing the signs to look for keeps you a step ahead of your dog’s health, so that you can take them to the vet and discuss symptoms – they will be able to advise you on what treatment is best for your pup:
Watch for signs of:
- Difficulty getting up
- Not wanting to go on walks
- Changes in behaviour (i.e. grumpiness or sleeping more)
Give them a boost
Adding nutritional supplements to your dog’s diet can help promote healthy joints and reduce pain and inflammation; although you should always seek advice from your vet before introducing something new.
One ingredient commonly found in joint supplements is glucosamine, this is naturally found in healthy cartilage and it can help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. As your dog ages, the natural production of glucosamine in the body slows, therefore, adding this to their diet can help rebuild cartilage, aiding in your pup’s joint function and activity levels.
Using nutritional treats such as Joint Treat Bones is an effective way of making sure your dog receives the nutrients they need to keep them active, filled with vitamins and minerals to help keep bones and joints healthy this is the perfect treat for your dog.
Flexi-Joints Plus for Dogs is the perfect choice for breeds prone to joint issues, older dogs and those with existing joint problems. High-level glucosamine and chondroitin work together to help ease joint issues combined with green-lipped mussel and vitamins C and E, all in a tasty beef-flavour that they’ll love. Enjoy a third off now!
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Sokolove, J. and Lepus, C. (2013). Role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis: latest findings and interpretations. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease, 5(2), pp.77-94.
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