While we might associate arthritis with aging humans, it’s just as common in dogs and cats. Arthritis can affect about 20% of dogs over the age of 1 and 90% of dogs over the age of 5. The statistics are almost the same for cats, affecting 16.5% to 91% as their age increases. Unfortunately, arthritis for pets is incurable, but there are a few things we can do as owners to help with this disease. Yearly visits with your veterinarian and prevention is the key to prolonging happy and healthy lives for furry friends. As pets age, you will start seeing signs of decreasing mobility. Putting your animal on joint support can help slow down the disease tremendously. Making a consultation with your veterinarian can help decipher what supplement is best for your furry family member.

At Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital, we always recommend bringing in your pet at least once a year for an examination. This is a great time to voice your concerns while your pet receives an exam by a knowledgeable doctor. During the appointment, your doctor can look for evidence of arthritis including; pain or tenderness, decreased range of motion, swelling, stiffness, and even aggression. Any of these signs can be a good indicator to start a joint supplement.

For our canine patients, our veterinarians highly recommend Synovial Chews. This once a day regimen eases joint stiffness and supports joint function to keep your pet comfortable for as long as possible. In fact, these are the key nutrients that impact joint health:

  • Glucosamine HCI – Helps maintain synovial fluid that lubricates joints. It may also stimulate the production of proteoglycans, which help maintain the health and resilience of joints and connective tissues.

  • Chondroitin Sulfate – Helps ensure adequate shock absorption and nourishment of the tissues that line the joint.

  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) – Helps support cartilage and collagen building blocks.

  • Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) & Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Helps support a normal inflammatory response for occasional joint discomfort.

  • Proprietary Blend – Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, and Sodium Selenite; Provides critical co-factors for cartilage and collagen synthesis and helps fight free radicals generated by exercise.

For our feline patients, our veterinarians suggest the Vetriscience Line including GlycoFLEX and VetriFLEX. Each daily chew provides structural support for joints and soft tissues, and promotes a healthy inflammatory response. Should your cat need another option besides a chew, Cosequin sprinkle capsules could be the answer. Simply sprinkle the contents inside the capsule on your cat's normal food to help support cartilage production and protect existing cartilage from breakdown.

Another thing to keep in mind about your pet is their weight. Obesity can make pets more prone to arthritis no matter their age. Keeping your furry friend on a controlled diet with the correct nutrients can help slow down arthritis symptoms. Some trusted food brands our veterinarians recommend is Hill’s Science Diet, Royal Canin, and Purina Pro Plan. All of those brands offer many different formulations to cater specifically to your pets needs. There are also prescription diets if needed.

In conclusion, both dogs and cats can benefit greatly the sooner they’re on joint supplements. As your pet ages, it's important to pay close attention watching for signs so you know when it’s time to take them to the vet. Telling your doctor what you’ve been noticing can help eliminate other possibilities.

If your pet is in need of a yearly exam, please call our office today to schedule an appointment. We’re committed to keeping your pet happy and healthy for a lifetime!

Tulsa: 918-492-2674

Broken Arrow: 918-355-5662

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