Our dogs are our best friends and they tend to be very playful. This is a great indicator that the dog is healthy and living a great quality of life. But there are times when playfulness can be short because of some conditions that they may develop at some time during their lives. Some of these conditions that are most common to affect Rover or Susie are those involving their joints and hips such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. What to give dogs with arthritis might be a question you have been asking. There are a lot of different things to help but glucosamine for dogs is the most popular.
Problems with hips and joints
Yes, dogs do get arthritis, although there are some breeds of dogs that are more likely to develop these conditions that others. Dog owners might decide to use a hip or joint supplement for dogs to help protect their pets from developing these problems. But, it is best to talk to your vet first. He or she will probably advise that yes supplements can benefit your dogs but the vet knows which ones are the best.
Talk to your vet
Your dogs can benefit greatly from taking a hip and joint supplement if he or she belongs to one of the large dog breeds such as Labrador Retriever, Saint Bernard, German Shepherd and Great Dane. These large breeds are most prone to develop hip dysplasia which is a condition that characterized by the abnormal growth of the hip-joint. This can cause pain that is intense in your pet, affecting his quality of life negatively. Asking your vet to advice on a hip and joint supplement that might reduce the severity or the symptoms of this condition since these supplements usually are made from compounds or ingredients that help to protect the dog’s joints and connective tissues from damage and they will probably say yes. These compounds include glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate.
One/Third receive vitamins or supplements
As many as a third of dogs in the United States might receive vitamins or supplements. The most common are the supplement to support arthritic joints, multivitamins, and fatty acids to reduce shedding as well as improving a coat’s shine according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Owners of dogs also might give probiotics to improve gastrointestinal difficulties or antioxidants to offset any effects of aging such as ‘cognitive dysfunction’. Dogs when aging develop some of the exact problems that their owners develop when aging.
Dogs also have another problem that also affects the general public – obesity and overweight. With all of these problems affecting Fido, the market for dog supplements was expected to increase 37 percent in 2012, and in 2012 it did reach a $1.7 billion market.
Your dog might even have a veterinary nutritionist who gives diet advice on your dogs as well as vitamins and nutritional supplements.
Most dogs get a balanced diet, including necessary vitamins and minerals from commercially processed dog food; the problem is that owner might be feeding them too much thus leading to obesity. This obesity can cause problems with joints in our doggie friends as well as heart problems! First our kids and now our animals!