Pet Arthritis, which is also called canine degenerative joint disease is defined as inflammation of the joints. Recent research indicates radiographic lesions of arthritis are apparent in 95% of dogs at age two, and 99% of people at age 35, regardless of whether or not visible signs are apparent. 20 percent of all dogs two years of age and older are afflicted. A large number of older cats also suffer with arthritis.
Signs of pet arthritis in dogs include limping, lamness, decreased activity, stiffness, reluctance to stand, climb stairs, run and jump. Cats become reluctant to move and often have accidents outside the litter box.
Although pet arthritis is more common in large dogs, small dogs and cats also suffer. Arthritis in dogs and cats is a painful, progressive condition that destroys the cartilage and connective tissue, which normally act as a cushion and absorb shock between bones and joints.
Management of Pet Arthritis
Medical management, weight control and moderate exercise allow many pets to live a relatively pain free life. Medical management traditionally consisted of anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids, which are effective to relieve pain but carry serious side effects. New, natural pet remedies have proven to offer similar benefits without the risks. Moderate exercise helps maintain joint mobility and muscle strength for joint support. Weight control helps reduce the burden of excess soft tissue the joints must support.
Dr. Carol’s Hip & Joint Support is made to be given along with PAAWS Pet Vitamins or VitaLife Pet Supplements for dogs and/or cats that need additional relief from advanced arthritis pain. Together these two products help to minimize arthritis pain and inflammation while increasing joint lubrication and flexibility and enhancing the joints ability to absorb shock.
Because age, breed, diet, lifestyle, injury and stress can affect the health and function of joints in different ways, Dr. Carol’s pet products are specifically designed to meet the various needs of your dog and cat throughout his or her life stages. Correct and consistent administration of pet nutritional supplements is essential for optimum results. Your pets will love the taste, you’ll love the ease and you’ll both enjoy the great results!