As your dog ages, you may notice that they are less active or lively than they used to be. Things that were once easy for your pet, like climbing up the stairs or jumping on the bed, have become slow and difficult tasks for your once energetic companion. Many people may consider these to be signs of the natural aging process and life progression for dogs. However, signs of decreased energy and loss of range of motion, especially if accompanied by obesity and lack of daily exercise, can indicate inflammation and joint disease in your dog.

How Do You Know If Your Dog Has Joint Problems?

Degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis (OA) are medical terms used to convey that there are signs of inflammation and deterioration within the joint or joints. Muscle atrophy, loss of range of motion, gait abnormalities, joint swelling, or joint pain are all signs of joint disease in dogs. 

Joint disease can occur due to normal “wear and tear”, joint instability, chronic inflammation, trauma to the joint, or an infection that damages the cartilage covering the bone surface within the joint. Although joint issues are more common in older pets, it can occur in younger animals too. If left untreated, joint problems can be extremely painful and debilitating and can greatly diminish your dog’s quality of life.

What Can You Do To Help Your Dog?

Our motto: prevention is key. It is important to start supplements and anti-inflammatory treatments early since joint problems can often be progressive. Complementary therapies such as physical therapy, weight management, and vitamins take longer to show their effectiveness, so it’s important to start now. In fact, dogs can start taking joint supplements as early as 6 months old. 

There are so many joint supplements for dogs, so how do you choose the best one? We’re pet parents ourselves, and know that there are tons of options. Here at Fera Pet Organics, we only use high quality ingredients in our veterinarian formulated supplements, combining natural and organic ingredients with traditional western medicine ingredients. Each supplement is manufactured in the USA in FDA-registered and GMP compliant facilities and backed by the National Animal Supplement Council’s quality seal. Additionally, each batch is tested for purity and potency by third party labs. We strive to provide your pet with the best there is to offer so they can live happy and healthy lives. 

The Fera Hip + Joint Chews are formulated to:

  • Improve mobility & range of motion
  • Reduce pain & discomfort
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Promote healthy joints
  • Maintain healthy cartilage and connective tissue

If you are already noticing signs of joint discomfort in your dog, it’s not too late to start remedies at home, such as joint supplements. If your dog’s joint issues have progressed and worsened to the point of affecting their daily life, your veterinarian may prescribe medications and recommend physical therapy. Common anti-inflammatory medications, such as Rimadyl or Galliprant, help reduce inflammation and control joint pain as well as injectable cartilage protecting medications, such as Adequan, help slow the progression of the disease.

Here’s what you can do to be proactive at home:

Provide a Nutritious and Healthy Diet

It’s no secret that a healthy diet is an important baseline for your dog. Provide a well-rounded diet containing healthful components. Avoid foods that contain a high volume of grains, fillers, or nightshades like eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, or peppers, as they can cause painful muscle spasms and inflammation. Instead, opt for fresh ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, like blueberries, turmeric, salmon, cranberries, and papaya.

Choose the Right Joint Supplements

Supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like fish oil), chondroitin sulfate, and glucosamine may help in treating and preventing joint disease, restore cartilage damage, reduce inflammation, and support the immune system. They can also help to shorten or lower the dose of anti-inflammatory medications. 

Ingredients to keep an eye out for are: 

  • Glucosamine: Glucosamine is a natural substance found in your dog’s body and joints.  As your dog ages, the production of glucosamine slows, and the lack of it can cause joint pain and stiffness. Glucosamine promotes cartilage development with production of proteoglycans, making it an essential ingredient found in joint supplements for dogs.

  • MSM: MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties and can help decrease joint and muscle pain. 

  • Chondroitin: Chondroitin is a cartilage protecting compound that slows enzymes from exacting damage. They can especially help dogs with arthritic pain.

  • Organic Turmeric: Organic Turmeric is a powerful herb remedy that reduces inflammation and pain throughout the body. It is also a natural antioxidant that helps boost the immune system.

  • Green Lipped Mussels: Green Lipped Mussels are rich in glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that are important for dog joint health. Green lipped mussels also provide a multitude of other nutrients that are beneficial for joint health including vitamins C and E, amino acids, and minerals such as zinc, copper, and manganese.

  • The main thing to note about these ingredients is that they aren’t just a quick fix to mask pain and symptoms; rather, they work inside your dog’s body to resolve problems by strengthening cartilage and bones.

    Our Hip + Joint formula can enhance joint function, promote cartilage development, and promote healthy skin, coat, and joints. It is packed with the ingredients we mentioned above (chondroitin, glucosamine, green lipped mussel, msm, yucca root, organic turmeric, and fish oil) that are beneficial for bone and joint health.

    Encourage Exercise and Focus on Weight Management

    Consistent exercise and weight management are critical for your pet to remain healthy and is a great way to prevent and treat joint disease. Excessive fat tissue secretes hormones which promote inflammation and speeds up the degradation of cartilage within joints. In contrast, having a low body fat percentage with fit and healthy muscles helps to stabilize the joints and reduce joint pain. A decrease in caloric intake to maintain an appropriate weight is known to delay the onset of joint disease in dogs prone to hip dysplasia.

    Partnering with your veterinarian to provide the best joint support through diet, lifestyle changes, and appropriate use of supplements and medications is essential to keeping your pet comfortable and active. Consider adding Fera Pet Organics Hip+Joint soft chews to provide advanced joint support for your pet.

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