Joint health for your pooch
Posted on May 05 2020
Lets get down to the bones of this issue!
Hey Pet Connectors, Rollo Pooch here reporting for duty. Winter is fast approaching and I’m finding it harder to get out of bed. I’m still a whipper snapper but have always suffered from bad knees and have already had surgery on my left one. Thats why I have slowly and steadily put my paw up to write this weeks blog on bones, joints. With tips, products and ways of elevating pain caused by arthritis or joint disease. I don’t know about you but when it comes to alleviating pain even just talking about it makes me weak in the knees.
Joint pain, inflammation and arthritis can occur in my four legged pals for a number of reasons including colder weather, old age, wear and tear and even my larger breed counterparts as they are carrying a lot more weight on their paws
Let’s talk about the mechanics.
Osteoarthritis also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease is a progressively worsening inflammation caused by the deterioration of cartridge. I know it’s a lot to take in but think of our joints as hinges, A normal joint is lined by a thick smooth layer of cartilage. The joints are symmetrical and glide easily over each other like a well-oiled hinge. The lubricating liquid around the joint acts like an oil. As an animal ages, the joints gradually deteriorate and as a result the joint moves less easily, like a rusty hinge. The increased friction causes inflammation and the joint becomes swollen, stiff and painful, meaning your four legged bestie needs some love.
From experience my paw-rents have never had a one fix treatment, and usually with sore joints a holistic approach is usually best. This includes supplements, physical therapy, proper exercise, diet, weight control or in my case surgery.
Now if you're like me with a short attention span you can skip this part. I only like small words like sit and fetch. But if your interested in whats good for your dogs joints and bones yum did I say bones….
Glucosamine - Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound which comes from, shellfish shells, animal bones and fungi. Glucosamine is chemically classified as an amino sugar, that develops and maintains cartilage and helps to fight inflammation.
Chondroitin - Chondroitin supplements are usually obtained from cow or shark cartilage. Chondroitin keeps cartilage spongy and healthy.
MSM - is a natural source of sulphur. MSM provides the building blocks for healthy joint cartilage by increasing the sulphur in which bones are made from.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - These amino acids primarily come from fish oils and help with inflammation. Omega 3’s are great for skin, hair and have proven to benefit cats and dogs with arthritic pain.
Rollo’s Top Pet Connect Picks
A heating pad is perfect for cats and dogs and helps to warm up the joints and relaxes the muscles. In the middle of winter you will not be able to find the heat pad because your fury four legged friend will be constantly lying on it.
After a day of running on the beach, rolling in ungodly deposits and chasing sticks into the water, I eat my dinner faster than a tennis ball flying down the beach and collapse onto my bed. Having a good quality bed is key for comfort and easing pain. An Osteo bed is made with the memory foam stuff which relieves pressure points and provides extra support for bones and joints.
Osteochews are highly delicious and great for developing and maintaining cartilage and reducing inflammation on sore joints. The chews are like little treats and I look forward to having them every day.
Pernaflex is a natural supplement designed to help maintain joint health for dogs of all ages. Pernaflex powder contains no preservatives or added flavouring, and contains only pure and natural freeze dried marine concentrates.
Mybeau bone and joint is worth it’s weight in gold. This nutritional liquid supplement is formulated for bone and joint health in cats and dogs containing proven bone health enhancing ingredients of Glucosamine, Chondroitin & NZ Greenlipped mussel, Omegas and Multivitamins for health and vitality. It’s the creme de la creme.
Like the expression goes, there are plenty more fish in the sea! Thats why Omega Plus Salmon Oil is my favourite thing on any thing. If I could I would drench my kibble in it daily.Why is it good for my knees you ask? Because it’s rich in omega 3’s which helps with inflammation and swelling and reduces the intensity of that early morning stiffness, tenderness, swelling, and discomfort.