Collagen makes up over 70% of your dog’s muscles, tendons, ligaments and other joint supporting tissues, but when it breaks down, your dog’s joints can’t handle movement as well and the muscles and tissues become brittle. This leads to inflammation, pain and eventually joint disease. Regular exercise will tone the muscles around the joint, support the joint and keep the joint fluid viscous. Better muscle mass and muscle function can protect your dog’s joints, so you want to make sure you keep up the exercise. If your dog’s in pain, try to a few short walks a day, rather than one long one.
If you can, take your dog swimming for exercise since it relieves stress on the joints. Don’t use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs work by blocking inflammatory mediators. So they’ll reduce your dog’s pain but they also limit his body’s ability to heal itself. NSAIDs cause the breakdown of cartilage – something your dog’s joints needs to be healthy, so they can actually make the joint issues worse. They’re also known to have serious adverse reactions that can include gastrointestinal kidney and liver problems. If arthritis or joint pain is stopping your dog from enjoying the things he loves, it’s time to give him the relief he needs. These natural joint supplements and valuable tips will really help.
Dana Scott is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Dogs Naturally Magazine and CEO of Four Leaf Rover, a high end natural supplement company. She also breeds award winning Labrador Retrievers under the Fallriver prefix. Dana has been a raw feeding, natural rearing breeder since the 90's and is a sought after speaker and outspoken advocate for natural health care for dogs and people. Dana works tirelessly to educate pet owners so they can influence veterinary medicine and change current vaccine, food and preventive health practices. Omega-3s Significantly Improved Canine Arthritis in Double-blind Clinical Trial. Compared with mineral oil, fish oil supplementation for three months significantly improved objective measures of pain, lameness, and joint disease in dogs with osteoarthritis, according to a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial. The fish oil group also experienced significant increases in blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which preceded and correlated with clinical improvements, said Stephen Mehler, DVM, DACVS, of Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern, Penn. Fish oil supplementation appeared to be safe, although it was uncommonly associated with diarrhea that resolved with treatment, Dr. Mehler and his associates reported in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids . Fish oil contains high concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that partially displace arachidonic acid (ARA) from cell membranes. According to the researchers, although ARA is a component of pro-inflammatory molecules, such as leukotrienes and prostaglandins, EPA and DHA give rise to lesser inflammatory molecules that competitively inhibit ARA metabolism. Therefore, the net effect of fish oil supplementation “is a reduction in the anti-inflammatory environment systemically and within the joint.” Supplementation with EPA and DHA can potentially improve rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. To assess its effects in canine osteoarthritis, the researchers randomized 74 purebred and mixed-breed dogs aged two to 14 years, with radiographically confirmed osteoarthritis of the stifle or coxofemoral joint, to receive either medical grade mineral oil (placebo) or fish oil at an EPA:DHA ratio of 3:2. The supplement was dosed at 69 mg per kilogram of body weight per day. The study excluded dogs that could not stop NSAIDs, were already receiving omega-3 supplements, or had surgical joint conditions, such as cruciate ligament instability, grade two medial or lateral patella luxation, or hip luxation. By day 42 of the trial, crepitus, pain, and joint effusion had improved by about 50% in dogs receiving fish oil, while remaining essentially unchanged in dogs receiving placebo ( P Dr. Amy Karon earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine and master’s degrees in public health and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an infectious disease epidemiologist and “disease detective” (EIS officer) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before becoming a full-time medical writer. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she volunteers for the local Humane Society. Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Wednesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Friday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday Closed - Closed. American Express Discover MasterCard Personal Checks Visa. Who needs Whole Foods when you have a wonderful local gem with friendly staff and great selection? We frequent this store to find some allergy-safe items for my daughter. All photos are reviewed before being placed on our website.
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