When your dog slows down and is not as active, what do you think is the cause…old age, arthritis, poor diet, or other factors? One of the primary causes for dogs to slow down is degenerative joint disease (DJD), which is a condition that can quickly spiral out of control and can seriously affect your dog’s vitality and quality of life.
Trauma, stress, injury and even everyday activity can cause damage to the tissues that enclose the dog’s joint, the delicate synovial membrane and the fibrous joint capsule. When this tissue is damaged, white blood cells invade the joint space and release destructive enzymes and free radicals that can deteriorate the joint cartilage. With the synovial fluid weakened by this enzymatic damage, the fluid cannot properly lubricate the joint and it is unable to adequately nourish the joint’s cartilage. When this happens, the articular cartilage on the end of bones degrades and exposes the bone to friction during movement, causing inflammation, pain and decreased mobility. This degeneration continues and leads to decreased activity and muscle atrophy, which is why the dog slows down.
How Do I Know If My Dog Needs a Joint Supplement
Other factors such as obesity and intense activity can further traumatize the joint, leading to the following symptoms associated with DJD:
- Reduced activity, decreased flexibility, and movement
- Stiffness or difficulty getting up and around
- Unable to perform daily routine activities
- Muscle atrophy
- Joint inflammation and/or pain
Even as dogs age, they should continue to be active and energetic, so it is important to maintain healthy joints so the dog can run, jump and move with ease. In the past, the primary therapy for dogs with DJD was to prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). However, NSAID’s really only mask the symptoms instead of treating the cause.
What Should I Give My Dog for Joint Health
The best way to manage DJD and the corresponding damage to the joint is to prevent the initial degradation of cartilage. Prevention can be accomplished by providing the affected dog with the essential nutrients to assist in the maintenance of a healthy joint. The daily use of a quality joint health supplement will help in the prevention of DJD and is best used prior to the onset of DJD.
Doc Roy’s Aches Away will provide your dog with the necessary nutrients to deliver complete musculoskeletal support, since these products contain three key ingredients to maximize the clinical benefit. These key nutrients are glucosamine hydrochloride, creatine monohydrate, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). Choose from a palatable, chewable tablet dosage form, a soft chew treat or a flavored granule that you sprinkle on the dog’s food. Any Aches Away formula will provide your dog with the key ingredients to help keep your dog active and healthy.
If you need help finding the best dog joint supplement for your dog, call a Revival Pet Care Pro at 800.786.4751.
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Written by: Donald Bramlage, DVM
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.