How to look after your dog’s joints

Sean McCormack, Head Vet, BSc (Hons), MVB, MRCVS

If your dog is a breed prone to joint issues or if you tell us your dog has joint problems, during our 2 minute nutritional consultation, we can optimise their diet for joint health.  Our tailor-made blends cater for dogs with joint issues through using quality ingredients, including relevant supplements and helping with weight management.

Read on for more information on joint issues and how we can help, and take our nutritional consultation to find a tailor-made blend that’s ideal for your dog.

MANAGING JOINT DISEASE WITH THE RIGHT DIET

Joint disease in dogs is a real worry as it can be painful and reduce mobility; one of the most common joint diseases in dogs is arthritis. Arthritis in dogs is a big problem in certain breeds from an early age, but it can affect almost all breeds when they get older. Arthritis means inflammation of the joints and is usually due to ageing, wear and tear. It can also arise from old injuries, immune disorders and genetic issues.

A great way to help joint problems is to provide quality nutrition that contains joint supplements for dogs. Feeding the right amount of food is the first step to maintain your dog in healthy condition. Excess weight is a big problem for dogs with arthritis as it places extra strain on their joints. So keeping lean and mobile is crucial.

CALCULATING THE CALORIES YOUR DOG NEEDS

At tails.com we calculate exactly how many calories your dog needs based on their lifestyle. We then provide a scoop setting and feeding plan to measure their daily allowance. This ensures we keep them in ideal body condition.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS

Certain ingredients in dog food can also help with joint problems. Ingredients rich in Omega 3 oils such as salmon can reduce joint inflammation. Joint supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin provide support for dogs with stiff joints. Both of these are natural and safe joint supplements for dogs.

GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN

Glucosamine helps the body build and repair cartilage and joint fluid. It provides the building blocks or raw materials the body needs to do this. Chondroitin can help prevent the destruction of cartilage caused by inflammatory arthritis. Some blends contain the natural mineral MSM which can help reduce pain and protect delicate cartilage.

SUPPLEMENTS INCLUDED IN OUR BLENDS

Many joint supplements for dogs use glucosamine and chondroitin, sometimes combined with herbs. But paying for supplements as well as your dog food can be expensive. We often include them in your dog's blend eliminating the need for extra supplements.

Supporting Joint Health Over Time

If your dog is a breed prone to joint issues we can start adding glucosamine and chondroitin at an early age. If you tell us your dog has joint problems we optimise their diet for joint health too. As they get older our unique Blend Evolution process gradually and automatically increases the supplement levels over time. Omega 3 levels can also be boosted to help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

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