Nutritional Support for Joint Health

     

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    Does your pet have pain and inflammation from an injury, surgery, or osteoarthritis? Here are some tips on nutritional support for joint health and overall joint disease prevention.

    Glucosamine and Chondroitin — Glucosamine and Chondroitin are naturally occurring chemicals known as glycosaminoglycans.  Studies suggest that oral use of glycosaminoglycans can decrease inflammation and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.  

    ***Many dog foods and treats advertise that they are “fortified” with glucosamine/chondroitin, but often the concentrations are too low for a therapeutic effect.  Instead, try a veterinary formula such as Cosequin, or Dasuquin, or for a natural option, Green-lipped mussel is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans.***

    Injectable Joint Compounds — In some cases, your vet may prescribe an injectable joint supplement known as polysulfated glucosaminoglycans, or PSGAG.  Evidence suggests that direct intramuscular injection of PSGAG can help reduce inflammation and promote joint healing.

    Fish Oil — Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are metabolized in the body into anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals known as EPA and DHA.  Not only is fish oil a great natural joint supplement, but many dogs love the taste in their food!

    Herbal support — Before the rise of Western medicine, humans relied on a variety of roots and herbs to manage pain and inflammation.  Two options that may be safe and effective for dogs are Turmeric, and Boswellia.  You may also consider a Chinese herbal formula designed to alleviate your pet’s specific condition.  Consult with a veterinarian trained in traditional Chinese medicine.
    Weight Management:  One of the most influential factors in slowing (or preventing) the progression of joint disease is weight management. We advise to keep your furry friend in optimal body condition to help promote smooth, pain free mobility throughout life.