Arthritis in pets is most often caused by one of the following:
- Developmental disorders, for example hip or elbow dysplasia
- High calorie, carb-based diets that cause your pet’s body to grow faster than the cartilage does, inducing cartilage deficits
- Injury or trauma to a joint such as a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament
- Bacterial or tick borne infection
- Autoimmune disorders that cause your pet’s immune system to attack itself
Older and large breed dogs are more apt to develop arthritis than young dogs, smaller breeds or cats, for obvious reasons. The longer a joint is used over a dog’s lifetime, the more apt it is to be injured. An animal’s weight puts a corresponding amount of stress on his joints, so a large or giant breed dog will be more incapacitated by arthritis than a small dog. If your dog or cat is overweight or obese it means more stress on his joints as well.
Symptoms of arthritis in dogs and cats
The following are some early warning signs of arthritis in dogs:
- Difficulty standing from a sitting or lying position
- Resisting touch, whimpering or crying out when touched
- Sleeping more than usual or seeming less “with it”
- Weight gain from a decrease in physical activity
- Favouring a leg
- Loss of interest in exercise or play
- Moving slowly or stiffly
- Reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs
It can be trickier to spot arthritis in your cat. Cats are stoic when they don’t feel well, and unlike dogs, they don’t often limp even in the presence of a painful condition like arthritis.
Early injuries can lead to arthritis in a pets later years
Many joint diseases in middle aged or older pets develop as a result of an earlier (sometimes much earlier), often seemingly minor injury or trauma.
Obesity + lack of exercise = arthritis
The pet obesity epidemic is having predictable results, one of which is an increase in arthritic dogs and cats. An overweight pet is destined to suffer from the same obesity-related health problems as an overweight person. Chronic obesity puts tremendous stress on your dog’s or cat’s frame, which often results in permanent damage to tendons and ligaments.
In order to maintain a good weight and be optimally healthy, your dog or cat needs to eat a diet that is species-appropriate and nutritionally balanced. Dogs and cats are carnivores, so carb-based diets, even those marketed by pet food companies as “weight management” or low fat, are not what your pet should be eating. Also, carbs promote inflammation and are the last thing your pet with an inflammatory joint problem needs.
If your pet is not well-exercised, even if her weight is good, it’s a set up for arthritis as she ages. Animals are designed by nature for movement. If your pet doesn’t have the opportunity to go on walks with you, run, play and get regular aerobic exercise, she can end up with any number of debilitating conditions affecting her bones, joints, muscles and internal organs.
No matter the age of your pet, exercise is important. Even senior and geriatric cats and dogs need regular physical activity, just not at the same intensity as younger pets.
More suggestions to prevent or manage arthritis in your pet
There are many things you can do to help prevent debilitating arthritis in your pet or to vastly improve the quality of life of an arthritic dog or cat. Among them:
- Give your pet massages to alleviate inflammation of damaged tissues and prevent further injury through compensation.
- Stretching your pet is another way to increase the health and mobility of his joints, tendons and ligaments.
- Acupuncture can be tremendously beneficial for both cats and dogs with degenerative joint disease.
- Adding supplements to your pet’s diet can provide the raw materials for cartilage repair and maintenance.
The natural treatment of osteoarthritis
It is very important to watch for the symptoms carefully and especially with animals at highest risk, we do recommend to complete two-three week long courses of Phyto Joint+ few times per year. Or in severe cases, this supplement can be taken continuously without restrictions. Phyto Joint+ is a natural preparation fully recommended for soothing your animal joint pains, such as rheumatism, arthrosis and arthritis
Phyto Joint is complimentary supplement in liquid form that soothes all the joint pains of your animal: rheumatisms, arthrosis, arthritis, lower back pains, sciatica and tendinitis. Phyto Joint is most effective together with Phyto Joint+ in most severe cases of joint problems.
And if your cat or dog is a bit old, you can use Phyto Joint Senior: this complex of plants has been specially designed to support the animal in its later years. It is an excellent general tonic that acts against physical and mental fatigue, re-mineralizing the bones and fighting against joint pains.