Joints are one of the parts that suffer the most during a dog’s daily life, being the cartilage a flexible tissue that is found between the union of bones and allows the mobility of the skeleton.
Age is the factor that most damages the integrity of this tissue, but other aspects such as diet, obesity and demanding sports such as agility, canicross, mushing, weight pulling, among others, also play a role.
There are several diseases resulting from poor joint care. There are also some genetic factors specific to some breeds.
The most common diseases are:
All of them produce pain in the dog, which will be affected in its daily mobility and in the performance of actions that it used to do without effort.
If the dog suffers from one of these diseases, we must limit physical exercise in order not to aggravate the symptoms, as well as carry out rehabilitation sessions with professionals in the sector.
If we want to avoid a bad quality of life derived from joint pain, it will also be important to take care of its diet and combine it with exercise, and in case there are hereditary or breed-specific diseases, we will have to try to alleviate the symptoms with the help of a trusted veterinarian.
Nowadays, overweight is more and more common among dogs, and we are not aware of the seriousness of the problem until it is too late to take care of their joints. These are punished because they are supporting a weight above their natural possibilities.
It is the problem that most damages the joints and that can be easily avoided, we only have to control the diet, and that is in our hands.
If we have a dog with obesity, his joints will surely suffer, which could cause serious diseases in the long term.
Maintaining the right weight not only favors joint health, but also influences many metabolic and endocrine processes.
A proper diet favors good joint health, since the properties of some foods help to maintain it in good condition. In this article, we will focus on the nutritional considerations to take into account in the diet to strengthen the joints of dogs.
As we always say, a natural diet greatly benefits the health of our furry ones; offering them natural foods full of easily digested and absorbed nutrients facilitates good nutrition of all body tissues: connective, epithelial, muscular and nervous.
It has been shown that the presence of bones, cartilage and quality protein in a balanced diet for our dogs greatly promotes joint health. This is because the only way to nourish the joints is by ingesting these components in their natural state. The assimilation of synthetic compounds such as those added in feed or commercial products is insufficient for good joint nutrition.
In addition to the diet, there are foods with particular benefits (supplements) that we can take advantage of to formulate a very complete diet to take care of our furry’s joints.
The nutrients considered essential in the diet would be:
It is important to know that all chondroprotectors for dogs must be of animal origin to adequately nourish the joint tissue.
It is important to supplement their lifestyle and diet with advice from a trusted veterinarian. The veterinary treatment of choice in most cases consists of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other drugs to alleviate pain and increase the mobility of the animal.
From Dogfy Diet, we encourage you to take a look at our cooked dog food. If your dog has joint problems, our nutritionist team will help him by providing a diet adapted to his case, through personalized nutritional advice.
For any questions regarding the joints of dogs, the nutritionist team of Bon Appetreat is at your disposal.
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