Whether you are looking to prevent or manage arthritis in dogs, there are a number of steps that owners can take. In the first instance, it is important to understand what canine arthritis is and how it occurs as this will help to understand how to safeguard your dog against the impact of conditions such as degenerative joint disease and hip dysplasia.
Canine arthritis usually occurs in older dogs and is not uncommon in large, heavy dogs or those that are super active. It can develop from an early age in younger dogs without explanation however. The term ‘arthritis’ is quite general and means anything that affects the joints. One example is Hip Dysplasia; the abnormal conformation and misaligned stress points of the coxofemoral joint. As the cartilage surrounding the joints which help to keep the surfaces smooth and able to glide across each other, breaks down and becomes rough, with movement, the bone surfaces then rub together causing friction. This leads to additional bone being produced, movement becomes limited and the joints degenerate.
From simply looking at a dog and examining the joints, it is hard to see any physical symptoms. It is more about recognising a problem with their behaviour and general demeanour. As arthritis causes pain and stiffness, you will notice that the dog seems less enthused about exercise and can become grumpy and reluctant to move around too much. You may notice them being more ‘careful’ when getting up or lying down. They may also lick at the affected areas to try and ease the pain. This repeated and sustained licking can alert owners to the fact that there is a problem.
While arthritis can occur in any dog, there are some breeds that are more predisposed to the condition. Large, heavier dogs including German Shepherds, Great Danes, Newfoundlands and the Bull breeds, in particular can suffer from joint problems like degenerative joint disease and hip dysplasia due to their sheer size and the additional demands placed on their joints. Super-active dogs like working or agility dogs can also be prone as can trauma victims. Surgery involving a joint this can also lead to future problems with canine arthritis.
As well as ensuring that your dog is eating a good diet, it is also important to offer a supplement that includes ingredients that will help to prevent any degenerative joint disorders from occurring in the first place. If you have a larger breed this is especially important. Adding a supplement that is specifically designed to provide protection to the joints is a must. ProDog Flexx is a fantastic supplement full of all natural, premium ingredients specifically designed not only to help with joint protection but also to deliver additional benefits such as a healthy shiny coat and skin condition.
Once the arthritis in dogs has developed there is no magic cure but the right diet can help to manage the condition and ease the pain of sufferers. Many owners have found that a raw diet combined with a super strength supplement like ProDog Flexx delivers astonishing benefits. Dogs enjoy better movement and don’t suffer as much with the pain.
Flexx is a high strength, premium quality joint supplement that is produced using only superior, organic ingredients formulated to help assist with the prevention and management of arthritis in dogs. Its formula is specifically designed to act as a joint protector and is suitable for all regardless of size or breed. The all natural properties of Flexx can help to maintain the structure of joints and promote both mobility and flexibility (hence its name). In addition to this it also acts as an excellent coat conditioner with dogs boasting a noticeably glossy coat and optimum healthy skin,
As a dog ages their natural MSM levels can deplete. This organic sulphur, found in many food sources, is great for preventing and treating arthritis in dogs. It can help decrease joint pain and inflammation and is vital for the strength and growth of joint and connective tissue.
There are many benefits of turmeric to dogs as well as humans. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is critical against the onset of canine arthritis and damage to soft tissue. Curcumin is a by-product of turmeric and is extremely important to health as it assists with mobility and protects the chrondocytes (developing bone cells).
Chlorella helps to boost a dogs immune system which unfortunately can decline with age. Flexx is rich in chlorella growth factor which is high in nucleic acid. By boosting the immune system, you are helping to prevent against any potential illnesses or health issues including arthritis.
This is a key component in helping to maintain healthy cartilage which can help to prevent arthritis in dogs and degenerative hip dysplasia.
When used with chondroitin, glucosamine sulphate has been shown to reduce or prevent the breakdown of damaged cartilage.
Vitamin C is known as an excellent anti-inflammatory and a dogs levels can deplete quite quickly when exercised or under stress. Not only will a supplementation of vitamin C help with arthritis but also many other health issues. It is important for those that are recovering from illness and infection or that are regularly exercised.
The addition of flax seed powder to Flexx helps with the overall health, skin and coat condition and vitality. This is down to the fact that is it rich in fatty acids Omega 3 & 6.
If you want to use Flexx we always recommend consulting your vet if your dog has any pre-disposed medical conditions. For fit and healthy dogs, other than the obvious joint problems, it can be added to their food as per the instructions. Very simply just add it to their food and mix it up if they are fussy about what they eat.
Like anything that you take or administer for a health issue, the benefits aren’t instant but over the course of a few weeks you should start to see a difference in your dogs behaviour. They should enjoy greater mobility and flexibility and the obvious signs above all else will be the beautiful condition of their coat. If you have a puppy then it is a great way to ensure that you are giving them the best start in life and avoiding any potential health concerns later down the line.