Natural Supplements for Dogs with Arthritis

Natural supplements are critical in helping a dog with arthritis. Before diving into what supplements can be beneficial for dogs with arthritis, it is good to know a little background information. For starters, what is arthritis?

Arthritis is the term used for inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. It can affect one or multiple joints. This condition involves the breaking down and thinning of the cartilage within joints, formation of bone spurs, joint effusion (fluid buildup) and thickening of the connective tissue in the joint. Arthritis is a progressive, degenerative, and irreversible disease which is often caused by years of normal wear and tear on joints.

Arthritis in dogs can also be caused by infections, trauma, injuries, excessive or abnormal force, poor joint alignment, or congenital orthopedic conditions. Large breed dogs, sporting dogs, and obese dogs are at a higher risk of developing arthritis, but it can be seen in all breeds, ages, and genders of dogs.

What can I do to help my dog with arthritis?

There are a variety of things a devoted dog owner can do to help their dog with arthritis. This article will focus on natural joint supplements but will also provide several other suggestions to help your dog with arthritis.

What are joint supplements?

Joint supplements can either be purchased over the counter or are prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian. These supplements help support and protect the cartilage and aid in slowing down the process of arthritis.

It can be overwhelming to find the plethora of supplements made for dogs. Make sure to choose high-quality supplements based on your veterinarian’s recommendation and your own research. Choose supplements that have certifications from regulatory bodies such as the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC). Purchase from companies that perform research, have quality control procedures, and data to back their supplements ensuring that they are effective. Avoid products from companies that don’t do research or studies on their products. Also keep away from products with fillers, preservatives, artificial food coloring, and artificial flavors. If you are ever in doubt of the ingredient list, ask your veterinarian to help you.

Some joint supplements also support other body systems. In addition to bone and joint health, some promote heart health, provide skin and hair/coat support, strengthen the immune system, and improve energy.



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