Joint Care for Dogs
Most dogs live an active life that can often take its toll on their joints, this can lead to arthritis which can cause discomfort. It is estimated that up to 50% of dogs will be affected by arthritis at some point in their lives.
What can lead to joint problems?
Arthritis is usually the source of many joint problems in dogs. Arthritis is defined as the ‘inflammation of the joints’ and usually develops from wear and tear but also from immune disorders, genetic predisposition or injury. Joint problems are more common in older dogs but certain breeds can be more prone to this at an earlier age such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Mastiffs and Great Danes.
How can this affect a dog’s life?
Over time, the smooth layer of protective cartilage begins to wear down which can make the joints become inflamed and painful. This leads to it becoming more difficult to move around without discomfort. Often a dog is more prone to putting on weight if they have arthritis, the increased weight adds excess pressure on already unhealthy joints.
How to Help?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but there are a few tips to help keep them comfortable:
A high quality, balanced diet can help to aid a dog’s overall health. Here at The Dog Man’s Choice our Grain-Free Senior and Light recipes contain a joint care pack (glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)) which helps to support cartilage within the joints. These recipes also contain Omega 3 supplement which is thought to help reduce inflammation. Our Puppy – Grain-Free Chicken, Sweet Potato, Carrots & Peas and Puppy – Grain-Free Salmon with Haddock & Blue Whiting, Sweet Potato & Asparagus recipes also contain a joint care pack which helps to support cartilage metabolism in growing puppies.
For dogs suffering from joint problems, consider feeding on a raised bowl as this will reduce the need for them to bend down to eat their food.
Healthy Weight & Controlled Exercise
Excess body weight can put unnecessary strain on the joints. Our light recipes have feeding guides specifically calculated to help the dog consume fewer calories. Regular, controlled exercise can help keep the joints supple. Try to avoid high impact exercise such as running or jumping.
If the dog is experiencing any signs of discomfort please speak with a Veterinarian.