Arthritis in dogs is characterised by inflammation of the joints with swelling, pain and restriction of movement. Many older cats but particularly dogs get this disease. Lifestyle, nutrition and supplement choices such as glucosamine for dogs and cats can significantly delay its onset and slow its progress.
Recommended Din Dins supplements
Get Up and Go Glucosamine for dogs
Wickedly Raw Superfoods for cats
What the nutritionist says
“Diet can have a huge impact on pets who are suffering from osteoarthritis. Feeding a natural raw diet (BARF) can help, avoid excessive red meat and stick to fish, rabbit and turkey based foods where possible. Avoid foods containing gluten, wheat gluten and high volumes of any cereal grains in a processed food is best in my experience.
Trying to alkalise the diet by feeding lots of greens really helps but also adding in anti-inflammatories such as omega oils can be beneficial be reducing the inflammatory pathways in this painful autoimmune disease.“
What the vet says
“Stiffness in older animals is often due to pain from neck, back or limbs. Your vet can help to identify these issues. Herbs and nutraceuticals (e.g. Chondroitin and Glucosamine, Fish Oils, MSM, Boswellia, Devil’s Claw) can be very helpful”.
• If your dog finds walking difficult, it is still important to try and keep joints limber by a slow walk. Little and often is the key.
• Massage is very beneficial and can be a great bonding experience for the pet and their owner. Advice from a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist can be invaluable.
• Clean filterered water should be available at all times.