We all take our joints and what they do for us for granted and it’s only when they cause problems that we think about them and take action to keep them healthy. It’s the same with joint care for dogs. With our pets, this is even more of the case. We only become aware of problems when our pet shows pain with movement or difficulty going about their normal activities.
Unfortunately, many pets, particularly the older and overweight ones, will suffer with joint problems or impaired mobility at some stage in their lives. Often, this is first noticed during the cold and damp weather as this aggravates the problem.
Take Appropriate Action
Keeping an eye on your dog or cat’s ability to run, jump and generally get on with enjoying life will often enable you to spot any developing joint problem early on. This means that you can take appropriate action by providing joint care for dogs or cats before it becomes severe and affects the pet’s quality of life.
Often, the first sign often is noticing them take longer to get up after a long rest. However, it may also be a noticeable limp or even excessive licking of the swollen joint. Of course there are many different causes and the phrase “joint problems” will cover everything from a strain or sprain caused by exercise, to degenerative inflammatory diseases such as osteo-arthritis. Usually, a strain or sprain is improved by a few days rest. Some suitable muscle rub and giving the homeopathic remedy Symphytum 15C will also help. If in doubt, get the vet to check if there is anything more serious, particularly if it doesn’t improve within a week.
Arthritis and Pets
Arthritis is usually diagnosed by a vet and confirmed through x-rays. It is usually associated with age and wear and tear of the joints over time causing inflammation, pain and restricted mobility. Garlic tablets for dogs can help to care for arthritis symptoms. Our two herbal medicines Garlic & Fenugreek Tablets and Green Releaf® Tablets given together are very effective in relieving the pain and reducing inflammation to make movement easier and your pet more comfortable. These are also a great combination for maintaining good general health in older dogs, so it’s a really good choice for elderly pets. Give these joint supplements to your dog or cat to boost their health and comfort as they age.
A Bit of Support
Sometimes the joints may need a bit of support to maintain their flexibility. Particularly, where time and exercise have affected the cartilage in the joints and the synovial fluid that keeps them lubricated and able to perform their function well. Glucosamine & Chondroitin Tablets for Dogs are effective joint supplements. They help the body to manufacture the necessary building blocks of collagen and proteoglycans, so are a great option for joint care for dogs and cats to help in these situations.
Turmeric Tablets For Dogs and Cats contain a pure and high potency extract of Turmeric. They are easily absorbed and consist of 95% Curcuminoids – the active part of the herb. Turmeric for dogs supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory processes which, like glucosamine for dogs, will work in harmony with their body.
The one thing that does affect joint health is where a pet is overweight, and the joints are having to deal with a greater burden because of this. It is very important to try and manage your pet’s weight alongside the use of these treatments. The improvement in mobility will soon be noticeable. Your vet can advise you on the correct weight for your pet and many vet practices run clinics to help if needed – a bit like Weight Watchers for pets!
Keep Exercise Gentle
We often get asked about exercise for pets with joint conditions. The best advice is to make it gentle and regular, and not more than the dog or cat can easily manage. As the joint care for your dog/cat takes effect and the condition improves the exercise can be increased with time. Be guided by your pet’s reaction and how they seem to feel when exercising.
We have leaflets with information on how to identify different types of joint problems and also on weight management. This will make it easy for you to see how you can do your best for your pet to avoid these painful conditions.
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You can discuss any of our joint supplements for dogs that we have available with one of our experienced advisors. Please get in touch on 01308 897272 or use our contact form. Plus, get free UK delivery on orders over £50!
Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.