Running, playing, chasing, catching - it’s a very busy life being a dog! It’s a joy for us as pet owners to be part of all the fun and games too. That’s why one health challenge that all owners fear is joint inflammation. Whether it has been diagnosed or you are just conscious of it with a breed that might be prone to the issue arising, the good news is that diet can help with joint care for dogs.
Joint Inflammation in Dogs
Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition that is said to affect 20% of dogs, there is no cure for this condition so it’s important to look for ways to prevent rather than trying to remedy once already afflicted. There is growing research to suggest that nutrition influences how much dogs are affected by joint health conditions. Foods that lead to oxidation and inflammation can cause the cartilage to break down just like metal wears down and rusts. Oxidation in the body leads to an increased level of free radicals stressing out the vital organs, and leading to increased levels of inflammation.
Signs of Arthritis in Dogs
Early detection of joint sensitivity is vital in being able to support your dog’s condition from deteriorating. Obvious signs of discomfort could be limping, lack of interest in walks or physical activity and yelping in pain. Less obvious indicators include licking the affected area, increased sleeping or lagging behind in walks.
Foods to Avoid For Dogs With Arthritis
It is generally considered that grains can cause inflammation with many commercial dog foods containing wheat, rice, soy, and spelt which can lead to increased sugar levels and inflammation. It is worth discussing with your vet about changing your dog’s diet before cutting out grains entirely as this too can cause problems.
Best Joint Care For Dogs
Food based supplements are a great way to be proactive in supporting your dog’s joint health. There are many studies that confirm the use of herbal supplements as beneficial, improving joints and reducing pains even in dogs who have advanced Osteoarthritis. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods include alfalfa, blueberries, kale, coconut and turmeric. Omega-3 fatty acids found in meat and fish help to form important building blocks for cartilage and joint fluid.
JointAid+ For Natural Joint Support
TonicTreat has developed a special blend of ingredients to help maintain healthy joints in dogs. The blend includes glucosamine which is vital for the maintenance of the joint systems, a naturally occurring sulphur compound, (used to decrease joint and muscle pain and reduce inflammation), omega-3 rich green lipped mussel and turmeric, together with other antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herbs. Even better that our blend comes in the form of a delicious real meat treat so your dog won’t even know they’re getting a tonic!