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Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs and Cats

Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of osteoarthritis and to help address degenerative joint disease in dogs and cats. 

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many working components including bones, blood vessels, joints and connective tissues such as ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons. All of these moving parts work and the health of each entity works in coordination with organs including the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries, genetics, environmental exposure and wear and tear can all undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease, compromise immune health and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the animal body.

The immune system is a complex group of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is tasked to be balanced and immune health is not supposed to be  is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

Degenerative Joint Disease, also called osteoarthritis, is a condition where the cartilage surrounding the joint changes or is damaged, breaks down slowly and deteriorates as a result of wear and tear. It occurs commonly in both dogs and cats, particularly older animals.

With Degenerative Joint Disease, the cartilage actually erodes together with areas of bone, typically affecting the hip, spine knees, elbows and wrist joints. The disease is extremely painful, chronic (ongoing), progressive and degeneration will worsen with time. Animals can present behavioral changes such as irritability, depression, whimpering, aggression, nervousness, or withdrawal from pet owners.

Dogs tend to be more susceptible than cats, but certain breeds of dogs such as Labrador and Golden retrievers and German shepherds suffer more from joint and bone problems. If caught early, Degenerative Joint Disease is manageable and your pet will continue to have quality of life and a few marine and plant products (see Joint Ease) may be highly beneficial in limiting the progression of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). 

Common symptoms and signs include:

Reduced activity

Difficulty getting up and down

Difficulty running

Difficulty jumping

Difficulty climbing stairs

Difficulty grooming

Sore or swollen joints

Stiffness

Lameness

Limping

Stiff legs

Stiff gait when walking

Falling behind on walks

Less interest in walking or running

Cries or whines in pain when the affected joint is touched

Sensitive to cold weather

Lethargy

Many factors may contribute to Degenerative Joint Disease, including:

Trauma

Excessive weight and obesity

Excessive wear and tear on the joints and cartilage

Congenital defects from birth, such as hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia

Osteochondritis dissecans

Dislocation of the shoulder or kneecap

Underlying diseases such as diabetes

Overuse of gluco and corticosteroid medication

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies may help provide plant and marine based pain relief from the discomfort of Degenerative Joint Disease and arthritis; may help support balanced immune health; may help limit inflammatory response; may help provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions; may help support the cartilage matrix and may help renew synovial fluid to help correct degeneration of cartilage and bone; may help support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons; may help support joints and connective tissue and may help relieve stiff and aching joints.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), to help soothe the stomach and balance digestion; for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification; for its secondary support of a healthy bladder and strong connective tissue, important in cases of incontinence.

That’s A Nice Looking Bone – (learn more) used holistically to help address all types of Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption; for its plant actions to help support bone mineral density, potentially increasing bone mass; for its ability to help restore lost cartilage and bone deterioration and to provide nutritional support for joints, muscles and tissue; for its nutritive content to address mineral deficiency; to help support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity; for its oestradiol compounds which may help address urinary incontinence.

Other suggestions:

Manage your pet’s weight by controlling his diet – if your pet is overweight, it puts more strain on their joints and exacerbates symptoms

Make sure that your pet receives adequate but gentle exercise – walking your dog three times per day and swimming will help to maintain muscle strength and movement. Steer clear of strenuous activities that involves lots of running such as playing fetch or throwing a Frisbee

Feed your dog or cat a healthy, high quality or all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Build ramps so that your pet does not have to walk up stairs

Elevate food and water bowls to make eating and drinking easier for pets

Provide a soft and comfortable sleeping environment (like an old mattress) or invest in an orthopedic foam bed for your pet

Keep your dog warm during cold weather when joint conditions usually worsen – make sure you add more blankets to his bed, slip a pet sweater on him and keep your home heated

Apply a hot water bottle, heating pads or warm, soaked towels on the affected areas to relieve pain and stiffness

Massage your pet or ask your vet to perform physical therapy on the affected area to soothe and promote range of movement

Ensure that your pet has sufficient rest, especially during the recovery period

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of degenerative joint disease is based on the symptoms, a thorough orthopedic exam and review of the pet’s history. Certain tests such as x-rays, contrast studies, a force plate or aspiration of joint fluid may performed to determine the diagnosis of degenerative joint disorders.

Treatment for arthritis may include weight loss, exercise, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and surgery when necessary. 

Depending on the cause, severity of degenerative joint disease and your pet’s overall health, there are various treatment options available to alleviate symptoms, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications which include acetaminophen, NSAIDS (including aspirin, meloxicam, carprofen, and phenylbutazone) and corticosteroids to control pain and reduce joint swelling. Conventional medications such as NSAIDs and steroids can block pain response but have serious side effects, including damage to the kidneys, causing poor appetite, vomiting and ulcers.

 

 

 

 

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

Degenerative Joint Disease, also called osteoarthritis, is a condition where the cartilage surrounding the joint changes or is damaged, breaks down slowly and deteriorates as a result of wear and tear. It occurs commonly in both dogs and cats, particularly older animals.

With Degenerative Joint Disease, the cartilage actually erodes together with areas of bone, typically affecting the hip, spine knees, elbows and wrist joints. The disease is extremely painful, chronic (ongoing), progressive and degeneration will worsen with time. Animals can present behavioral changes such as irritability, depression, whimpering, aggression, nervousness, or withdrawal from pet owners.

Dogs tend to be more susceptible than cats, but certain breeds of dogs such as Labrador and Golden retrievers and German shepherds suffer more from joint and bone problems. If caught early, Degenerative Joint Disease is manageable and your pet will continue to have quality of life.  

Common symptoms and signs include:

Reduced level of activity

Difficulty getting up and down, running, jumping, climbing stairs or grooming

Sore or swollen joints

Stiffness

Lameness

Limping

Stiff legs and gait when walking

Falling behind on walks or lack of interest in walking or running

Cries or whines in pain when the affected joint is touched

Sensitive to cold weather

Lethargy

Many factors may contribute to Degenerative Joint Disease, including:

Trauma

Excessive weight and obesity

Excessive wear and tear on the joints and cartilage

Congenital defects from birth, such as hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia

Osteochondritis dissecans

Dislocation of the shoulder or kneecap

Underlying diseases such as diabetes

Overuse of gluco and corticosteroid medication

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies provide plant and marine based pain relief from the discomfort of Degenerative Joint Disease and arthritis; limit inflammatory response; provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions; support the cartilage matrix and renew synovial fluid to help correct degeneration of cartilage and bone; support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons; support joints and connective tissue and relieve stiff and aching joints.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports healthy immune and inflammatory response; for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD) & arthrosis; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; for pain; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function & as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityplus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. 

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

That’s A Nice Looking Bone – (learn more) used holistically for Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption and for bone mineral density, thereby increasing bone mass, and to support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity.

Other suggestions:

Manage your pet’s weight by controlling his diet – if your pet is overweight, it puts more strain on their joints and exacerbates symptoms

Make sure that your pet receives adequate but gentle exercise – walking your dog three times per day and swimming will help to maintain muscle strength and movement. Steer clear of strenuous activities that involves lots of running such as playing fetch or throwing a Frisbee

Feed your dog or cat a healthy, high quality or all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Build ramps so that your pet does not have to walk up stairs

Elevate food and water bowls to make eating and drinking easier for pets

Provide a soft and comfortable sleeping environment (like an old mattress) or invest in an orthopedic foam bed for your pet

Keep your dog warm during cold weather when joint conditions usually worsen – make sure you add more blankets to his bed, slip a pet sweater on him and keep your home heated

Apply a hot water bottle, heating pads or warm, soaked towels on the affected areas to relieve pain and stiffness

Massage your pet or ask your vet to perform physical therapy on the affected area to soothe and promote range of movement

Ensure that your pet has sufficient rest, especially during the recovery period

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of degenerative joint disease is based on the symptoms, a thorough orthopedic exam and review of the pet’s history. Certain tests such as x-rays, contrast studies, a force plate or aspiration of joint fluid may performed to determine the diagnosis of degenerative joint disorders.

Treatment for arthritis may include weight loss, exercise, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and surgery when necessary. 

Depending on the cause, severity of degenerative joint disease and your pet’s overall health, there are various treatment options available to alleviate symptoms, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications which include acetaminophen, NSAIDS (including aspirin, meloxicam, carprofen, and phenylbutazone) and corticosteroids to control pain and reduce joint swelling. Conventional medications such as NSAIDs and steroids can block pain response but have serious side effects, including damage to the kidneys, causing poor appetite, vomiting and ulcers.

More serious cases of Degenerative Joint Disease may require surgery such as joint fusion or replacement, hip replacement, joint excision and amputation as well as reconstructive procedures to repair or rebuild joint cartilages.

 

 

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