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What is arthritis?
Arthritis
is a general term for abnormal changes in a joint. These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced. Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones. When it wears away, joints become swollen and painful.

Although arthritis is not curable, the good news is that nutrition can help manage the disease, improve mobility and ease the pain. With the right nutrition and care from your veterinarian, your pet should be able to enjoy an active, healthy life for many years to come.

What causes arthritis?
Age
…As pets get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate. Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.

Breed…Large breeds are more prone to arthritis. These include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

Excess weight…Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.

Accidents and damage…Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident.

Congenital defects…Some pets are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life.

Infection…Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.

Does my pet have arthritis?
If your pet has arthritis, the first thing you’ll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump. Your pet may also yelp or flinch when touched in the affected area.

Arthritis makes it difficult to:

  • Rise from rest
  • Jump
  • Walk and run
  • Play
  • Climb stairs

If you see any of these signs in your pet, it could have arthritis, or it could have a more serious condition. Have your pet examined by the veterinarian before beginning treatment.

So, what about a diet change?
An otherwise-healthy
senior dog can safely switch to a diet containing supplemental ingredients which help reduce pain associated with arthritic changes in joints. Hill’s Prescription Diet j/d is just such a food; in fact, studies have shown its effectiveness in helping dogs improve mobility. Prescription Diet j/d can even reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to counteract joint pain and inflammation.

Hill’s Prescription Diet  j/d contains elevated omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the joints and block the production of enzymes that destroy cartilage. Plus, added glucosamine and chondroitin provide building blocks for cartilage repair. Prescription Diet j/d also contains carnitine, which helps dogs burn fat, while maintaining lean muscle mass, since obesity is a major contributor to arthritis.

Prescription Diet j/d is available to our registered patients when recommended by Dr. Miele.

Visit www.HillsPet.com for additional information. 

The Joint Health brochure is available at our office.

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Information taken from  “Joint Health,” a guide produced by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

This article was originally published on October 20, 2011.

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The following is excerpted from “Joint Health,” a guide produced by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for abnormal changes in a joint.  These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced.  Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones.  When it wears away, joints become swollen and painful.

Although arthritis is not curable, the good news is that nutrition can help manage the disease, improve mobility and ease the pain.  With the right nutrition and care from your veterinarian, your pet should be able to enjoy an active, healthy life for many years to come.

What causes arthritis?
Age
…As pets get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate.  Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.

Breed…Large breeds are more prone to arthritis.  These include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

Excess weight…Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.

Accidents and damage…Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident.

Congenital defects…Some pets are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life.

Infection…Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.

Does my pet have arthritis?
If your pet has arthritis, the first thing you’ll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump.  Your pet may also yelp or flinch when touched in the affected area.

Arthritis makes it difficult to:

  • Rise from rest
  • Jump
  • Walk and run
  • Play
  • Climb stairs

If you see any of these signs in your pet, it could have arthritis, or it could have a more serious condition.  Have your pet examined by the veterinarian before beginning treatment.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition offers Prescription Diet  j/d, a food which contains elevated omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega 3 acts to reduce inflammation in the joints and block the production of enzymes that destroy cartilage.

Prescription Diet j/d is available to our registered patients when recommended by Dr. Miele.

Visit www.HillsPet.com for additional information. 

The Joint Health brochure is available at our office.  Or, to receive a copy at home, send an e-mail to dr_miele@yahoo.com and include your mailing address.


 

 

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     Dasuquin is our go-to joint supplement for dogs and cats that are suffering from arthritis or are prone to joint health issues.  Unlike other products on the market, Dasuquin combines glucosamine and chondroitin with avocado/soybean unsaponifiables* (ASU).  ASU supports joint function and slows cartilage loss, giving Dasuquin an advantage over glucosamine/chondroitin-only products.

     Now, we could rave about the levels of cartilage-building glucosamine and chondroitin in Dasuquin, or its safety when used with prescription medications, or even the Dasuquin for Cats‘ added benefit of supporting bladder health. 

     But it’s our clients’ feedback that we’re most impressed with.  We’re hearing that pets taking Dasuquin on a regular basis are more active and are walking and jumping better.  Some clients have even been able to reduce or discontinue their pet’s pain medication, in favor of this no-drug supplement.

     The key to using Dasuquin successfully is to start while cartilage is still present in the joints.  Once the cartilage is gone, no amount of supplement will bring it back.  Don’t wait until your pet is unable to walk, to begin a supplement. 

     Ask about Dasuquin if your pet is exhibiting these signs:

  • stiff walking gait, especially after sleeping;
  • difficulty or reluctance using stairs or jumping into the car;
  • less enthusiasm for walks and exercise;
  • difficulty rising from a reclining or sitting position.

Bonus:  Be sure to visit the links above to claim your $3 Dasuquin rebate.

*Unsaponifiable:  a word used to describe fats which cannot be converted into soap.  It sounds weird, but it’s a good thing when you consider the benefits of not having a bubbly pet.

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