Support Your Dog’s Joint Health with These Natural Remedies (Part One)
Protect your dog and improve their quality of life as their joints age.
Joint health of your furry best friend begins to decline as they age which not only subjects them to issues such as arthritis, but it leaves them prone to knee and leg issues. While there are many remedies such as a custom knee brace and doggy rehab, prevention is always the gold standard!
At Muttknee, we craft canine knee braces for when your dog does need extra support and the healing of any knee concerns, but if it can be prevented or mitigated with natural options, it’s vital to take those steps. Join us in today’s post as we lament over natural joint remedies that will better support your dog.
Improving Your Dog’s Joint Health
Dog’s joints are prone to injury and aging which can affect their quality of life and take them from running full speed ahead with the pack to limping and spending their dog days inside.
Why is joint health in dogs so vital?
Because dogs are naturally energetic and active creatures, when the joints are impacted it affects their movement.
A joint is where two bones meet and within that space there is a viscous joint-fluid. Surrounding the joint are ligaments, tendons, and an abundance of soft-tissue that all work together with the joint.
When any of these structures are impacted, pain and discomfort can result.
Joints are notorious for taking the brunt of impact — when your dog leaps and bounds wildly — and they are also internal shock absorbers. So it’s important to note that if the soft tissue isn’t well-balanced the joint can’t properly be supported which results in a movement that is too tight or too loose. And, if there isn’t enough fluid or it isn’t thick enough, the joints have a more difficult time absorbing any force.
Why is this an issue for dogs?
Not only is their discomfort for your dog, but the joint and surrounding structures aren’t regenerative and it’s very difficult for them to heal on their own.
Cartilage is often replaced with a fibrocartilage that is only secondary to it and it is more prone to breaking and chipping.
If the joint becomes inflamed, hydrolyzing proteins begin to attack the space and break down its proteins. If this inflammation goes unchecked, it can lead to tendonitis and in the long-term can subject your dog to other chronic diseases.
How to Address Inflammation in Your Dog
One of the best places to start if your dog is dealing with joint discomfort is to take a look at their lifestyle factors? Are they overweight and what kind of dog food are they eating? If your dog is indeed overweight, ensure that they begin to trim down by regular exercise and a better diet.
Speak with your vet about different food diets for your dog, because dry kibble isn’t always the most advisable option, especially when dealing with inflammation.
Why not use NSAIDs?
While NSAIDs do a proficient job of reducing inflammation, they work through the cyclooxygenase pathway (COX) which can impact other parts of the body and cause kidney, gut, and liver toxicity in your dog.
Which leads us to the more natural approach through supplements that have been found just as effective as NSAIDs.
Turmeric is one of the most studied traditional ayurvedic herbs and has been used in eastern countries since ancient times.
Turmeric beautifully supports joint health in canines and not only does it address inflammation, but improves stiffness and pain. You may be able to find a pet turmeric supplement, but speak with your vet about the best kind to get.
Collagen is one of the main structural proteins that compose dog’s joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue, and it begins to decrease as dogs age.
Supplement with collagen to better prevent patellar subluxations and overall joint health.
Collagen powders are widely used or if you’re on the bone broth kick, this is another great option that is chock full with collagen. Try a bone broth recipe for dogs here!
Help your dog feel their best as they age and help prevent knee and leg issues when you add supplements such as turmeric and collagen into their diet.
There are many other natural superstars to cover for joint health in dogs, so stay tuned for part two!
If your dog is struggling with an ACL injury or patellar subluxation, connect with us today about our dog knee brace!