In this article we’ll discuss some daily joint support formula options which you may want to consider for treating your pets. Like humans; cats, dogs, and yes, even horses (to name but a few types of pets) can suffer with joint problems, and suffer with the same afflictions, like arthritis and osteoarthritis. As cats and dogs age they may show increasing signs of joint problems, and excess weight is one of the contributory factors in this problem.
Joint problems are generally caused by the loss of cartilage, which is the tissue covering the ends of their bones. As a result of cartilage disintegrating, pain and stiffness will usually occur. If these symptoms go untreated, their joints could become softened, and swell up which makes their condition even worse. Example: the joints of dogs are really put to the test when they’re running around, chasing balls or simply jumping from their back legs. Over time, these types of activities could cause joint problems to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which is found at the back of the knee joints. However, this problem tends to occur more often in larger sized breeds of dogs.
For human beings, the options in considering a daily joint support formula may be a supplement containing glucosamine and chondroitin. Likewise, we may consider this for pets too, however not all pets respond well to these. Hyaluron (also called hyaluronic acid or hyaluronate) is another option which is said to reduce the swelling at the source and also help alleviate pain. Apparently, it’s often used when glucosamine supplements fail to work.
NSAID (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as aspirin can also be given to pets but NEVER administer without checking with your veterinarian first. These medications usually address the symptoms of pain and inflammation but may not be considered as tackling the root causes of the problem. Besides this, there are also associated risks and side effects to consider which are common in most prescription or over the counter medication.
A safer option would be to take fish oil containing omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamin E which are said to be good choices as these have important anti-inflammatory benefits not just with pets… but also for humans too. Using NSAIDS may not provide your pet with an immediate effect, but over time it’s said to help reduce the inflammation and to keep the joints healthy.
Other more natural supplements which are said to be safely used as a daily joint support formula, include Vitamin C, Silica tablets, Manganese capsules, Maitake mushroom extract, and the herb Astralagus. More recently, studies have claimed that the yellow spice turmeric, which is used extensively in Indian cooking, is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and apparently work wonders for arthritis… and for keeping the joints supple. Other lesser known but said to also be effective natural supplements include MSM and SAM-e.
Aside from cats and dogs, horses which can also suffer from joint problems such as osteoarthritis, so it’s important to always check with your veterinarian first, as there may be other issues. Treatments for horses include visco-supplements, which is the injecting of a gel into the affected joint for increasing lubrication and reducing the pain, and also cortisone injections. I don’t know about you, but I sure would NOT want to administer my horse (or any other pet for that matter) with an injection of anything without first consulting their vet.