Much like humans, arthritis in dogs is an uncomfortable condition that can cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your dog, it may indicate arthritis:
2. Difficulty Moving
6. Muscle Atrophy
7. Licking, Chewing & Biting
Arthritis is particularly common in older dogs; a pooch over the age of seven is at risk of developing the condition. The joints are lubricated with a small amount of fluid, and covered with a layer of cartilage. This enables free and smooth movement. As dogs get older, this layer of cartilage often becomes thinner, causing the surfaces of the bone to rub together and resulting in discomfort.
Humans suffering with joint problems often take supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and Omega 3:
Glucosamine & chondroitin:
Glucosamine is needed to form synovial fluid, which is the joint’s natural lubricant. It is also vital for cartilage metabolism and the renewal of connective tissue in and around the joints. Alongside these factors, glucosamine also provides the joints with the building blocks needed to manage damage caused by wear and tear and the natural ageing process. Chondroitin works alongside glucosamine, helping to draw fluid and nutrients into the joints.
Omega-3 fatty acids help with the dilation of blood vessels. They support cardiovascular and brain health, and have also been seen to reduce inflammation and muscle pain, and help tissue repair.
Before turning to medication for joint discomfort and arthritis, you may want to try addressing the symptoms naturally, and this can be achieved through your dog’s diet.
Move Easy is a grain free, complete dried dog food perfect for dogs with mobility issues, or those that are highly active. Active ingredients are added to support joint mobility:
- 45% salmon; rich in omega 3 EFAs that are essential for joint well-being
- Glucosamine and chondroitin; probably the best-known nutraceutical combination for joint health
- Green lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus); which has well-researched joint-protecting qualities
- Rosehip (Rosa canina); the variety of rosehip shown in recent research to be an effective mobility aid
- Linseed; a source of omega 3 EFAs
- Alfalfa; used in traditional cultures for joint health
- Yucca; used by Native Americans to aid their animals’ mobility.
If you feel like your pooch needs added dietary supplements to address joint discomfort, adding Mobile Bones to their diet can promote mobility and joint health, aid stiff joints and joint comfort and encourage bone strength. The natural supplement contains 16 active ingredients designed to contribute to the healthy functioning of the joints.
When it comes to exercising a dog with arthritis; keep activity short but regular. A gentle walk between 15-30 minutes 5 days a week is a good general starting point. Swimming is also a great option for dogs who struggle with mobility, as the water supports the body weight and prevents sudden excessive movement. Swimming can help improve muscle tone, cardiovascular stamina, and improve the range of movement in the joints. If your pooch is a little on the heavier side, hydrotherapy is especially useful for addressing obesity.