Joint Disease, Could Your Dog Already Have It?

Osteoarthritis is more common in dogs than most people think.

It’s safe to say many of us know someone suffering with Osteoarthritis, or you may even suffer from it yourself.   But what about our canine companions? Does your dog seem to walk stiffly or have trouble moving around?  Do you feel that your dog might be slowing down?  If so, your precious friend may be suffering from arthritis or other form of joint disease.

Dog with stiff joints laying on carpet not wanting to go out

Most dogs will develop some form of  joint disease at some point in their lifetime.

Unfortunately, per a study from the Pain Management College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida: only about 50% of dogs with arthritis receive treatment because many owners assume that slowing down is inevitable with age and may not realize their dog is slowing down because it is in pain.

I recommend joint support for all of my patients with signs of reduced mobility.

Joint support supplements are absolutely essential to help maintain healthy cartilage and joint fluid and inhibit its further breakdown.  Important ingredients to consider are glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, and omega 3 fatty acidsthe building blocks to synthesize important components of cartilage and joint fluid, block enzymes that break down cartilage, and have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties.

Woman jogging with her dog

In addition to recommending weight control, moderate daily exercise, and types of physical therapy, your veterinarian may also prescribe prescription medications like NSAIDS to help with the pain and inflammation of arthritis, but unlike NSAIDs that can cause kidney, liver and digestive problems, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM and Omega 3’s provided in a properly formulated supplement have an extremely low chance of any unwanted side effects.

man with dog sitting on stairs

How long till joint supplements take effect?

Since supplements are not a drug, changes in your pet may occur gradually.  Whether used for an acute injury or a chronic joint condition, they are a vital part of treatment, and I have had great response in my patients.  Time and time again I see patients that with use, are “acting like a puppy again” and have more mobility and comfort than before use.

Maltese looking playfulSo, what signs of potential joint disease should you look for?

Symptoms include:

  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Weakness and loss of muscle mass
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Unwillingness to exercise or reluctance to participate in regular activities
  • Unable to relax or get comfortable, may change position frequently

Dog without joint disease catching frisbee

As a veterinarian in daily practice, I can say that we are seeing very positive results with providing a good quality joint supplement in your pet’s daily regimen. Try WellSyn Joint Support for the optimal care of joints, skin & coat, plus digestion all in one tasty soft chew.  It is convenient, economical, and helps support the healthy lifestyle that your special companion deserves.

Written by Dr. Nicole Trakas, DVM

It has been my life calling to help all creatures great and small. I still remember the day I decided on veterinary medicine as a career. I was 13 and in the 8th grade. I feel extremely blessed to be able to work in a profession that can have such a profound impact on pets and their families. I strive to focus on every concern my pet parents have for their babies and treat them with compassion and empathy. Over the last 15 years in practice, my clients and their pets have become family to me. I am honored to have been able to care for most of my patients from puppy/kittenhood all the way to their senior years.