We came across this blog by Proflax on their Bone and Joint product and we thought we would share it with you. We have also included our advice for bedding and nutritional needs for dogs that suffer with arthritic conditions.
Bone & Joint Problems in Dogs – Blog by Proflax
Bone, joint and cartilage problems in dogs are a common concern. Whether young or old, problems can occur because of breed type, accident, diet or lifestyle.
Osteoarthritis is the most common bone problem in dogs. As your dog ages, inflammation develops due to constant wear and tear on the shock-absorbing protective cartilage covering the ends of the bones. The worn cartilage allows the underlying bones to come into contact with one another, causing pain and stiffness. While this is usually thought of as a large breed problem, it occurs in all breeds as they age. Clinical signs include stiffness when moving around and getting up and down, as well as lameness following exercise.
Conventional medicines such as NSAIDs can be helpful but can have side effects when used long-term, such as ulcers or kidney/liver disease. Natural remedies should be the main therapy for dogs with bone & joint conditions which can include herbs, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, acupuncture, homoeopathy, massage and hydrotherapy. These natural alternatives can not only serve as a treatment for bone problems but also often slow down the progression of bone and joint diseases. Weight loss is also critical for overweight dogs.
While all dog breeds can develop bone problems, larger breeds are particularly prone. The exact cause is unknown but it is thought that genetics and environment can play a role
Dogs with bone problems such as hip dysplasia can pass on the genes causing this common problem to their puppies
Dogs that are over-exercised or puppies pushed to grow too quickly can also develop problems with their bones and joints
Chronic inflammation, which can arise from feeding low-quality diets or repeatedly vaccinating, can cause arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
Regardless of the size or weight of your dog, most will develop arthritis as they age
To prevent problems, it is crucial that you feed your dog a natural balanced diet. Avoid drugs such as antacids (which take calcium from the bones) and excessive vaccinations. Regular exercise keeps bones and connective tissue strong.
Proflax Bone & Joint is a natural choice for any dogs with bone and joint problems. This formula contains high levels of essential fatty acids and selects active herbs that help to promote bone density, aid flexibility & circulation and has natural analgesic properties. It is anti-inflammatory and is packed with antioxidants.
Bone & Joint is suitable for all breeds and puppies over the age of 8 weeks. If you have a breed prone to problems or a working dog, i.e., competes in agility or flyball, our Bone & Joint supplement is perfect as an ongoing preventative approach to keep their bones and joints strong and healthy.
Source: https://proflax.co.uk/blogs/bone-joint-muscle-conditions-blog/bone-joint-problems-in-dogs by Samantha Swift
Where your Pet rests throughout the day and at night is extremely important. Their bed should be firm, supportive and comfortable for them , do not allow the area to become damp or cold as this can cause damage to their bones and joints.
We recommend using a Memory foam bed that is extra thick on top of an elevated dog bed. This ensures air can circulate, so there is no dampness building up over time during the winter and during the summer it stops the bedding area from ‘sweating’.
Nutrition is Key!
Nutrition is key, it is something that can make a difference to your dog every single day. A high quality pet food will be rich in fresh meat or fish, it will not contain bulking ingredients such as cereals, it will be fresh with minimal processing!
Over the years we have seen that a Raw diet is the best for dogs that are suffering with bone and joint issues and we highly recommend pet owners feed their pets a fresh diet.
The raw diet is extremely simple these days, thanks to many suppliers producing complete dinners that you can simply portion into your dogs bowl daily. You can of course go the DIY road but we recommend when starting your dog on a raw diet that you try the simple pre made mixes first.
You can view our full range of raw dog foods here and if you want to know more about raw feeding for your dog just drop us an email.
For those that just cannot feed a fresh diet, for whatever reason, there is high quality dry and wet foods available out there now thankfully. Always ensure when choosing a food that it is high in meat or fish content, do not choose ‘meat meal’. Do not feed complex grains such as cereals, go grian free. Choose superfoods that contain antioxidant properties and that will support your dog.
The dry food we would recommend is Nourish Rite Superfood, all dogs differ though so if your dog is overweight they may need a lower fat percentage food such as Nourish Rite Grain Free Light food. So if you need assistance with what will best suit your dog, just drop us an email and we can help.
We have supported many dogs through hip dysplasia, pelvic surgeries, general arthritis, spondylosis, elbow dysplasia and much more so if you need some advice or have any questions on your dogs condition just drop us an email and we will do our best to help you and your pet.