How Long Can a Dog Live with Arthritis?
We all know the sad fact that our canine friends simply do not live as long of lives as humans. However, there are many things we can do to help extend the lives of our pets. Even when a veterinarian gives a diagnosis of arthritis there is still hope and many measures we can take to make sure our dogs receive the proper care they deserve.
Arthritis means ‘inflammation of the joints’ and this common human problem also affects many dogs as well (as many as one in five dogs). We all know what it’s like to have aches and stiff joints and can empathize when we see a dog showing the arthritic signs of pain, discomfort and stiffness.
In our dog’s joints, where the bones connect, the bone surfaces under healthy conditions are covered with a thin layer of cartilage that is lubricated by joint fluid. This allows the two bones to glide freely without friction. In arthritic dogs cartilage within the joint is damaged, and can result in the bone surfaces rubbing together. This causes pain and discomfort, and can further damage the cartilage. As a result of this friction, new bone starts to form around the joint making the joint stifferand limits movement even more.
Arthritis is one of the most common degenerative diseases, and by learning as much as we can about it this will help us take the best care of our four-legged friends and as a result, they’ll live longer. How long a dog lives with arthritis will be determined by the kind of care you give them.
How to Give an Arthritic Dog a Longer Healthier Life
Diet & Weight Management – What we feed our dogs is very important, especially if they have arthritis. It is imperative during this time that they are fed a healthy balanced diet. This will help support their general health and in addition, improve their immunity so that they can fight other diseases. Also, if your dog is overweight those extra pounds put more pressure on the joints and can exacerbate pain and discomfort. So portion control is also very important. Discuss with your vet healthy feeding options and if necessary a plan to control weight.
Comfort & Lifestyle – We want to ensure that our dogs live a comfortable life with arthritis. Things we can do to ensure this include getting them better and comfortable beddings. There are orthopedic beds that will provide better comfort for their achy joints. If they were sleeping on the bare floor, bedding will also protect them from cold and dampness which are contributing factors to pain, and also help protect them from pneumonia. You can also purchase heating pads for their bedding. Also, you can provide stairs or ramps where necessary. This will help them access cars, beds, couches, and porches with greater ease.
Exercise – Movement is key especially as a preventative step or at the early stages of arthritis. It is important to keep your dog active and moving. When arthritic joints are kept in motion, it helps in preventing stiffness and reduces pain. Your dog may seem reluctant and less enthusiastic about walks, but it is necessary. Instead of long walks try slower and shorter more frequent walks. Because of decreased stamina, exercise can help rebuild muscle in the affected limbs and improve their stability and strength.
Supplements – Joint supplements for dogs will help ensure their joints are getting all the important nutritional support needed. Look for all-natural ingredients and a product that has a good reputation, recommended by vets and is well reviewed. To help you choose the best, go for the supplement that works well with the nutritional makeup of your dog’s diet.
Take a look at this video from Dr. David Randall from Naples, Florida, one of the state’s top veterinarians, giving a detailed response to a questions regarding natural pain relief for dogs:
All-Natural Remedies for Joint Pain in Pets
If you are looking for an all-natural remedy for your pet’s joint issues and know that medications often have harmful side effects and only mask pain, we get it. Flexpet is an all-natural supplement designed to help with joint pain and inflammation in pets – without the use of prescription medication.
Flexpet is the only pet product on the market to use CM8 (Cetyl Myristoleate), which was discovered by a researcher at the National Institutes for Health and gives joint pain relief. It is a cetylated fatty acid that occurs naturally in certain mammals. It has many biological functions including anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief. Also cetyl myristoleate has multiple patents for the treatment of arthritis. In order to bring short term relief as well as long term joint support, we combine CM8 with:
Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium – an amino sugar that helps support the structure and function of joints. It occurs naturally in the body and plays a key role in cartilage construction and the incorporation of sulfur into cartilage.
MSM – a sulfur compound that occurs naturally in plants and animals. It is needed by the body to form connective tissue. Studies show it helps reduce inflammation and pain.
Hydrolyzed Collagen Type II – this ingredient is used in an effort to protect and rebuild joint cartilage. Since collagen is the most common structural protein in the body, hydrolyzed collagen helps stimulate collagen production, decrease joint pain, and increase bone mass density.
Bromelain – found naturally in pineapple stems, it reduces inflammation for arthritis, and alleviates muscle stiffness and soreness.
Vitamin C – has many functions, including tissue repair, and can help reduce the degeneration of cells in articular cartilage.
Enzyme Blend – aids in digesting and allowing the body to absorb the larger molecules like cetyl myristoleate.
How Flexpet Works!
For Joint Health Support & Flexibility
The unique combination of ingredients in Flexpet is what causes it to be a leader in joint supplements for pets. It is also the only supplement on the market to contain Cetyl-Myristoleate (CM8 for short), which is clinically proven to help relieve joint pain.
Let Flexpet Help Your Pet Achieve Optimal Joint Health
At Flexpet, we’re dog owners and dog lovers too. If your dog has arthritis or other conditions causing joint pain, let us help. We invite you to try Flexpet absolutely risk free.
That means if you don’t feel like Flexpet has helped your dog, simply return the empty pouches/bottles and we will give you a complete refund of the purchase price. That applies whether you buy one bottle to test out the product, or buy a three pack to save some extra money. We fully stand behind our product and want to help you and your dog.
Flexpet Maximum Strength Soft Chews
New Flexpet Soft Chews are a maximum strength version of Flexpet in an easy to chew format. Flexpet Soft Chews are safe for all breeds, but are best suited for large breeds that need a stronger formula because of their size, and for older dogs that may have difficulty chewing. Backed by our money-back guarantee.
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