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.
What is canine arthritis?
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.
Recognising the symptoms of arthritis in dogs
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.
Which dogs are more susceptible?
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.
Assisting in the prevention of 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.
Managing arthritic or joint degeneration symptoms
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.
What is Flexx?
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,
The ingredients in ProDog Flexx
MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) – Vital in the formation of keratin, collagen and elastin which gives flexibility, tone and strength to a dogs bones and joints. Addition to a dogs diet can help decrease joint pain and inflammation as a dogs natural MSM levels deplete with age. This natural sulphur is essential for joint and connective tissue strength and growth.
Fish Collagen & Oil – These are rich in the fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, and 9) which are all crucial for a dogs health, vitality, coat, and skin condition as well as joint support.
Hemp Protein – This is a key ingredient which, when combined with fish oils, radically improves the condition of a dogs skin and coat. In addition to this, it protects the ligaments and aids recovery from joint and muscle injury.
Turmeric – Has a host of benefits for any dogs health and wellbeing and is renowned for its superb anti-inflammatory properties, essential to reduce joint pain and swelling and soft tissue cartilage damage. A by-product of turmeric is curcumin which is the bioactive constituent of turmeric. Curcumin is the most important curcuminoid and very important to a dogs health, mobility and the protection of chrondocytes (developing bone cells).
Chlorella – Rich in chlorella growth factor which is enriched with nucleic acid. This helps to boost a dogs immune system which can decline with age, it also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. A low immune system can lead to various serious health issues, joint deterioration being one.
Chondroitin – A key component in a dogs cartilage. Healthy cartilage is essential for dogs to help prevent joint disease and degenerative hip dysplasia which can develop with age.
Glucosamine Sulphate – Used alongside Chondroitin, has been shown to help prevent the breakdown of damaged cartilage.
Vitamin C – Another excellent anti-inflammatory. Levels can deplete quickly when a dog is exercised or under stress. Supplementing a dog of any age with Vitamin C will provide greater resistance to many ailments and aid recovery from illness, infection, and exercise.
How to administer Flexx
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.
The benefits of Flexx are soon noticeable.
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.