The right dog food for (arthritis) joint problems

The right dog food for joint problems

Dogs love to exercise, whether they’re walking with their owner or doing dog sports. But what if movement suddenly causes pain? Joint problems are among the most common ailments in dogs today. In this article, you can read everything about joint problems in dogs, how you can prevent joint problems and what you can do about them with the help of food.

Joint Problems in Dogs: Hip Dysplasia, Osteoarthritis

One of the most common joint problems in dogs is probably the so-called hip dysplasia, HD for short. This condition is common in large and heavy breeds of dogs, but smaller dogs can also develop these hip problems. Like elbow dysplasia (ED), hip dysplasia is also hereditary. Through genetic testing and a rigorous selection of breeding stock, these problems can be reduced in certain breeds. Wrong or inadequate movement, overweight or poor nutrition can also lead to joint problems.

Also Read: What is The right dog food for an adult dog?

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Joint problems in dogs, the causes

For example, too much energy from the wrong dog food causes the puppy to grow too quickly. The cartilage and ligaments cannot keep up with the rapid growth of the bones, so they cannot adequately support the weight of the young dog. Joint disorders in dogs can therefore have very complex causes. Osteoarthritis, which often occurs as a result of other joint problems (HD & ED), also painfully breaks down the articular cartilage. This can be promoted by several factors. Thus old age, overweight, overexertion, chronic arthritis (chronic joint rheumatism) or even injuries and orthopedic conditions affect joint osteoarthritis

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Preventing joint diseases

In addition to a genetic or orthopedic abnormality, you can influence causes such as obesity, a diet that is too energy-rich for a puppy or the wrong load. It is therefore very important to keep a close eye on your dog’s diet and posture and, if necessary, take measures to prevent joint problems. The right dog food, therefore, plays a major role in joint problems.

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The right nutrition from the start

Although the joint problems in dogs often only become visible at a late age, the cause often lies in the early years of the dog. The risk of developing hip dysplasia or other joint diseases increases if the dog grows too fast in the first few months. It is not too high a protein content, but too high an energy supply, which leads to a hasty growth. Besides too many calories, a lack of certain nutrients can also lead to joint problems. Due to bone growth, young dogs need more calcium and phosphorus than adult dogs. If these important minerals are not sufficiently supplied, unstable bones are the result. But too much of these minerals is also problematic: too much phosphorus makes the bones brittle, causing them to break down.

The right dog food for joint problems

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Always adapt the food to the development of the dog

To avoid both excess and deficiency, the energy and nutrient content of the food should always be adapted to the individual needs of the dog. Depending on the breed, age, and weight of the dog, needs may vary. In addition, the amount of exercise and the health of the dog must also play a decisive role in the choice of food. Which food is the right food for your dog depends on several factors? Talking to the vet about your dog’s exact needs will help create an appropriate feeding plan.

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Nutrition for joint health

Need-based nutrition for your pet can significantly influence the development or degree of joint disease – but unfortunately, this does not provide a full guarantee. But even if there are joint problems in dogs: with the help of an adapted diet you can relieve the joints. For example, scientists have discovered that certain nutrients in food support joint health.

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Fatty acids, green-lipped mussel and glucosamine

Omega-3 fatty acids can have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic function on joints. A high concentration of these unsaturated fatty acids are, for example, in fish oil (salmon oil) or in linseed oil. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, glucosamine and chondroitin also have a joint-protective function and can improve vitality. Glycosaminoglycans and chondroitin sulfate are mainly found in the green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus). In addition, the nettle is also said to have a medicinal anti-inflammatory effect.

So make sure that these ingredients are present when preparing the food or buying the food. When you give these additives in addition to the usual diet, you should consider them as a regular part of the diet, because just adding certain nutrients to the usual diet can quickly lead to a harmful amount of fats and energy. You should also take into account that joint problems can often lead to avoidance of exercise and therefore to obesity. That is why you should opt for a low-calorie diet. Unnecessary fats, fillers and sweeteners, such as sugar, should therefore be avoided at all costs.

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Further measures against joint problems

The musculoskeletal system can be effectively supported with the help of an adapted diet. In addition, you should also pay attention to the general posture of your dog. A lot of exercises not only have a positive effect on the general well-being of the dog, but also on its joints. Because more energy is consumed, the chance of being overweight is also smaller. An important rule is: an even movement is much better for the joints than, for example, jumping a lot or stopping abruptly. Fastball games or retrieving are best after a short walk because then the muscles are warmed up.

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How to protect your dog’s joints

In puppies, when the bones and joints are still growing, you should avoid too much exercise. Climbing stairs, making high jumps, walking for hours and fast retrieving activities put stress on the joints and that can lead to joint problems later on. We also recommend walking on meadows, forests, and field paths during walks. These are many times better for the joints than the asphalt.

A soft surface is also recommended as a place to sleep for your dog.

Appropriate exercise and a diet that meets your dog’s needs are the cornerstones of a healthy and long dog’s life. But even if your dog already has a joint disease, these criteria can help your dog to relieve the bones and joints, resulting in less pain.

We wish your dog “Bon Appetit” and a lot of fun during sports.

 

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