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Lameness, Dog and Cat

Herbal remedies for lameness in cats and dogs to support healthy, agile, joints, cartilage and bones.

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.

Occasionally, we may see our dog limping; maybe due to a cut on the paw pad, a bruise, or a torn muscle. Lameness in dogs or cats, or dog limping, means a dog or cat is unable to fully and painlessly move or use a limb, or to put weight on a limb due to pain and discomfort. Most of the time, lameness is temporary. Your pet may be limping for a day or so, and then he gets better. However, if the lameness lasts longer than two to three days, then it is time to visit the vet.  Lameness in dogs or cats can affect dogs of any age or breed.

Occasionally, we may see our dog limping - maybe due to a cut on the paw pad, a bruise, or a torn muscle... Lameness in dogs, or dog limping, means a dog is unable to fully and painlessly move or use a limb, or to put weight on a limb due to pain and discomfort.

Most of the time, dog lameness is temporary. The dog may be limping for a day or so, and then he gets better. However, if the lameness lasts longer than two to three days, then it is time to visit the vet.

If you dog is limping and is constantly licking one of her paws, it may suggest that she has sustained some kind of injury to her paw, e.g. a cut or maybe a foreign object is lodged between the toes. Take a look at her paw to see if you can find anything unusual.

A ruptured ligament in the knee joint can also cause a dog to limp. Young dogs who exercise a lot can quite often suffer from this problem. You may be playing frisbee with your dog when suddenly he slips and then starts limping.

Signs of Dog Lameness:

Obvious limping or walking with one leg off the ground.

Crying and whining out of pain.

Reluctance to perform normal activity, like going up or down stairs.

Reluctance or refusing to put any weight on a leg.

Bone fractures are another common cause of dog lameness. A dog may get a bone fracture after being hit by a car, for example, and fractures can happen to almost anywhere in the leg or hip. Bone fractures can range from just slight cracks in the bone to complete shattering of the bone into fragments.

Yet another cause of dog limping is kneecap dislocation. This can happen to any breed, but seems to be most common in small breeds such as Chihuahuas and Poodles. Sometimes, for some reason, the kneecap moves sideway and the dog cannot bend her leg. After a while, the kneecap may suddenly slide back into position and the dog can walk normally again.

Arthritis can also cause limping in dogs. Arthritis can occur in almost any joint but is common in the hips, along the spine, and in the knee joints. Hip dysplasia is one common form of arthritis. It refers to the abnormal growth or development of the ball and socket joint of the hips of dogs.

A typical telltale sign of arthritis is the dog will have difficulty getting up after lying down for a while. When he walks after getting up, he will be stiff, sore, and limping.

A more serious condition that can cause lameness in dogs is tumors in the bones or the central nervous system. Bone tumors can be nasty and usually amputation of the affected limb is necessary.

Though not always the case, generally speaking, limping in puppies is most often caused by injuries or the result of some growth defects (e.g. hip dysplasia). In adult dogs, lameness is frequently the result of injuries or onset of arthritis. In older dogs, degenerative joint disease (DJD) or arthritis are the most common causes of lameness.

Arthritis is a progressive disease related to inflammation of the joint and an immune-mediated disease which may result from infection, trauma or a genetic predisposition. Daily wear and tear and sustained damage to the cartilage in the joint slowly destroys the thin layer of protective cartilage. In response, the body creates an inflammatory reaction which furthers leads to cartilage destruction

Because of its self-replicating destructive nature, arthritis requires a product that helps to repair and rebuild cartilage and connective tissue, controls your pet’s inflammatory response and supports a healthy immune system. Certain large breed dogs and cats there may be a genetic predisposition, resulting in malformed limbs such as experience by bull dogs and dachshunds.

Dogs and cats may have arthritis but present no signs of lameness or discomfort, however, it is generally understood that with age, or in cases of performance or working animals, the presence of arthritis can be assumed. Pets with apparent arthritis will present symptoms of lameness, discomfort, swollen joints, pain, creaking, clicking, lethargy, inability to get up or climb stairs and may lose control of front or rear limbs.

Diet is important for a dog or cat suffering from arthritis. Select a holistic, grain free food that does not contain corn, wheat, soy, meat by products, chemical preservative or additives. A natural or organic food will contains joint supporting glucosamine, MSM, and likely a Probiotic to aid in digestion and nutrient assimilation. Suggested brands include Blue Buffaflo, Evo and Wellness dog and cat varieties. 

Lameness in dogs can affect dogs of any age or breed

The most common causes of dog lameness are:

Traumatic Injuries

Injuries of all sorts - from a cut to bone fracture or ruptured ligaments - can cause lameness in dogs

If you dog is limping and is constantly licking one of her paws, it may suggest that she has sustained some kind of injury to her paw, e.g. a cut or maybe a foreign object is lodged between the toes. Take a look at her paw to see if you can find anything unusual.

A ruptured ligament in the knee joint can also cause a dog to limp. Young dogs who exercise a lot can quite often suffer from this problem. You may be playing frisbee with your dog when suddenly he slips and then starts limping.

Bone fractures are another common cause of dog lameness. A dog may get a bone fracture after being hit by a car, for example, and fractures can happen to almost anywhere in the leg or hip. Bone fractures can range from just slight cracks in the bone to complete shattering of the bone into fragments.
 
Yet another cause of dog limping is kneecap dislocation. This can happen to any breed, but seems to be most common in small breeds such as Chihuahuas and Poodles. Sometimes, for some reason, the kneecap moves sideway and the dog cannot bend her leg. After a while, the kneecap may suddenly slide back into position and the dog can walk normally again.

Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia

Arthritis can also cause limping in dogs. Arthritis can occur in almost any joint but is common in the hips, along the spine, and in the knee joints. Hip dysplasia is one common form of arthritis. It refers to the abnormal growth or development of the ball and socket joint of the hips of dogs.

A typical telltale sign of arthritis is the dog will have difficulty getting up after lying down for a while. When he walks after getting up, he will be stiff, sore, and limping.
 
Tumors

A more serious condition that can cause lameness in dogs is tumors in the bones or the central nervous system. Bone tumors can be nasty and usually amputation of the affected limb is necessary.

Though not always the case, generally speaking, limping in puppies is most often caused by injuries or the result of some growth defects (e.g. hip dysplasia). In adult dogs, lameness is frequently the result of injuries or onset of arthritis. In older dogs, degenerative joint disease (DJD) or arthritis are the most common causes of lameness. 

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies provide plant-based pain relief from the discomfort of arthritis, to limit inflammatory response, to provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions, to support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, to support joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

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 (all types), osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism,  Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain and 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.
 
I Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, to reduce inflammation, to provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, to reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, for 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, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

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.

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Yelp for Kelp! - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

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, cancer and for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine.

Probiotic Lean Machine - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Conventional Remedies:

A diagnosis will be based on a history of trauma and symptoms presented and your vet will likely take x-rays and blood testes. Synthetic medications such as inflammatories (NSAIDs), aspirin, meloxicam, carprofen, phenylbutazone and corticosteroids are commonly prescribed to block pathways in pain response, but are associated with serious side effects such as gastro-intestinal problems including poor appetite, vomiting, gastro-intestinal ulcers and kidney damage. Cats should not be administered NSAID’s due to side effects.

Surgical treatments include joint fusion, joint replacement such as hip replacement, joint excision and amputation. Nonsurgical therapies include weight reduction, which has a significant impact on arthritis.

 

 

 


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