In Association with GA, our NEW pet food partners.
Most dogs live an active life that can often take its toll on their joints, this can lead to arthritis which can cause discomfort. It is estimated that up to 50% of dogs will be affected by arthritis at some point in their lives.
What can lead to joint problems?
Arthritis is usually the source of many joint problems in dogs. Arthritis is defined as the ‘inflammation of the joints’ and usually develops from wear and tear but also from immune disorders, genetic predisposition, or injury. Joint problems are more common in older dogs but certain breeds can be more prone to this at an earlier age such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, and Great Danes.
How can this affect a dog’s life?
Over time, the smooth layer of protective cartilage begins to wear down which can make the joints become inflamed and painful. This leads to it becoming more difficult to move around without discomfort. Often a dog is more prone to putting on weight if they have arthritis, increased weight adds excess pressure on already unhealthy joints.
How to Help?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but there are a few tips to help keep them comfortable:
A high quality, balanced diet can help to aid a dog’s overall health. Here at Fit4dogsuk Ltd, we have teamed up with GA foods, out NEW pet food partner, to supply our center with Grain-Free Senior and Light recipes that contain a joint care pack (glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)) which helps to support cartilage within the joints. These recipes also contain Omega 3 supplements which is thought to help reduce inflammation. Your Grain-Free Puppy recipes also contain a joint care pack which helps to support cartilage metabolism in growing puppies.
For dogs suffering with joint problems, consider feeding from a raised bowl as this will reduce the need for them to bend down to eat their food.
Healthy Weight & Controlled Exercise
Excess body weight can put unnecessary strain on the joints. Your GA light recipes have feeding guides specifically calculated to help the dog consume fewer calories. Regular, controlled exercise, including Hydrotherapy, can help keep the joints supple. Try to avoid high impact exercise such as running or jumping.
Contact us if you would like to start your dog on a regular exercise and diet program or find out more about what we do at Fit4dogsuk Ltd and our full range of Dry Kibble and Yorkshire Raw now available at our center.
If the dog is experiencing any signs of discomfort please speak with a Veterinarian.