Most dogs live an active life that over the years can often take its toll on their joints. The results of this are that an estimated 50% of dogs will be affected by arthritis at some point in their lives causing discomfort.
What can lead to joint problems?
Arthritis is defined as the ‘inflammation of the joints’ and usually develops from wear and tear over the years but can also be caused by immune disorders, genetic predisposition or injury.
Joint problems are more common in older dogs but also certain breeds can be more prone to this at an earlier stage in life such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Mastiffs and Great Danes.
How can this affect a dog’s life?
Over the years, the smooth layer of protective cartilage covering the joints begins to wear away. This results in the joints rubbing together making them become inflamed and painful. This inflammation causes stiffness making movement uncomfortable.
How to Help?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but there are a few tips to help keep them comfortable:
A high quality, balanced diet can help to aid a dog’s overall health. Here at Country Mutt Kitchen, both our Grain Free Senior and Light recipes contain a joint care pack. This consists of a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which helps to support cartilage within the joints. These recipes also contain Omega 3 supplement which is thought to help reduce inflammation. Our Grain Free Puppy recipes also contain a joint care pack which helps to support cartilage metabolism in growing puppies.
Healthy Weight & Controlled Exercise
Excess body weight can put unnecessary strain on the joints. Our Country Mutt Kitchen light recipes have feeding guides specifically calculated to help the dog consume fewer calories. Regular, controlled exercise can help keep the joints supple. Try to avoid high impact exercise such as running or jumping.
See Your Vet
If the dog is experiencing any signs of discomfort please speak with your dogs Vet for advice.