How do we know when our dogs are uncomfortable? Many tolerate the discomfort of arthritis in silence, but pet owners suspect when their dog doesn't want to walk as far as they did before, or play as long. Pets that don't climb the stairs as often or jump into the car or onto the furniture without extra coaxing or a running start, frequently hesitate due to joint pain. Discomfort can also be evident in the anxious look in your pet's eyes, the difficulty of rising from sitting or lying down or the position your pet needs to find to be comfortable. These signs are often found in dogs as young as 6 to 7 years of age.
For the very painful pet, medications are available. Laser therapy is also very effective. It helps the pet by increasing blood supply to the area, decreasing pain, and releasing endorphins - the body's natural painkillers. Acupuncture is also helpful.
But what can be done by the pet owner to help?
Most folks are aware of glucosamine, the daily joint supplement as is found in regular Cosequin. But glucosamine paired with chondroitin is much more effective. These can be found in Cosequin Advanced or Cosequin DS in varying amounts. Nutramaxx evolved these very good products into Dasuquin, with added ASU which provides more cartilage protection and joint comfort. Now Dasuquin has been improved again into Dasuquin Advanced. Yes, it has glucosamine, chondroitin and ASU, but with the addition of three antioxidants and Boswella, which inhibits inflammation. Which to choose? The research says Dasuquin Advanced. My client that was a Cosequin user would also tell you Dasuquin Advanced, since now on Dasuquin Advanced her dog can once again climb the stairs!
More information can be found at www.nutramaxlabs.com
We now have another non medical aid for arthritis. I am excited about this nutraceutical. It is Omega fatty acids. Not only does it help with joint flexibility and mobility, but aids in cardiac function and strengthens the body's inflammatory response. Of course, it is good for the skin and coat. We recommend VRN's Omega Benefits. Not all omega 3 supplements have the proper proportions of EPA and DHA, and often the omega 3 are not in the more bio available triglyceride form that is in the VRN form. Yes, I know this sounds like a commercial, but a 17 month old puppy withe! grade IV patellar laxity that couldn't jump onto a love seat that now enjoys jumping up to capture the throw pillows and escape with them has me convinced! This change was apparent in 10 days of use. Or a retired military dog that had difficulty and hesitation in jumping into the truck that now has to be held back from bounding in after less than two weeks of use! It is so wonderfully incredible.
More information can be found at www.VRNhealth.com
The use of these nutraceuticals will definitely improve the quality of your dog's life as it has my pup's. Now if I could just get her to leave the pillows alone!