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Hip & Joint Problems in Dogs & Cats

Hip & Joint Problems in Dogs & Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of swollen hips and joints in dogs and cats.

Natura Petz Organics remedies for sore aching hips and joints in dogs and cats

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many working parts including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands.

Age, genetics, injuries, obesity and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissues, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative diseases and triggering inflammatory responses throughout the body.

The immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors to help support balanced function. The immune system is not supposed to suppressed or stimulated. When immune health is balanced, it helps support proper immune response (not under performing or over stimulated), helps support the growth of healthy cells and tissues that builds the body’s defense mechanism, helps counteract inflammation and pain related to all types of arthritis, helps protect healthy cellular response, important in cases of tumors, skin conditions and other irregular cellular growths, helps protect the animal body against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, helps counteract viral and bacterial diseases and conditions as well as protects against and auto-immune failures.

Pets, just like people, are susceptible to muscle and joint conditions such as swollen joints. Swollen joints can cause considerable discomfort and pain, especially during colder seasons and for large breed, senior and convalescing dogs and cats. German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more prone to swollen joints.

Age, genetics, injuries, obesity and wear and tear of the joints over time can lead to joint swelling. Swelling of the joints is often associated with muscle and joint problems such as tenderness, warmth, redness, inflammation, stiffness and pain. It is also commonly a sign of arthritis, a gradual, chronic degenerative joint disease.

If you notice any swelling of your pet’s limbs, consult your vet immediately and take preventative measures to potentially help limit the progression of swelling, sore and aching hips, and related arthritic conditions.

Common symptoms and signs of hip, muscle and joint disorders include:

Morning stiffness

Reduced activity

Pain in the joints

Limping

Whining or crying when getting up or being picked up

Joint of the affected limb thickens

Favoring one limb over the other

Lethargy

Difficulty sitting or standing

Reluctance to jump, run or climbing stairs

Clicking when walking

Swollen joints in dogs and cats various can be caused by various muscle and joint conditions which include:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Trauma or injury to the joint

Sprains

Strains

Hip dysplasia

Spondylosis

Spondylitis

Viral infections

Tumors of the joint

Genetic factors

Degenerative joint disease

Helpful suggestions:

Feed your dog or cat a premium holistic diet, that is truly natural and contains all essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients and does not contain inferior proteins, corn, wheat, soy, fillers, colorants or additives.

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily.

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

Manage your pet’s weight by controlling diet and treats. Excess weight and obesity puts additional strain on hips and joints and may worsen your pet’s condition.

Make sure that your pet receives adequate but gentle exercise. Avoid strenuous activities that involve lots of running such as playing fetch or throwing a Frisbee.

If your pet has sore hips or a degenerative condition, build ramps so that your pet does not have to walk up stairs.

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

Keep your dog warm during cold weather when joint conditions usually worsen and add extra blankets and keep your home or outdoor space heated for comfort.

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

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal and marine treatments have been used effectively for millennia to help holistically treat hip and degenerative joint diseases and conditions, to help reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation; as a natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever) and immune builder), help support the joints, connective tissues and skeletal system, to help support balanced immune health, in the holistic treatment of degenerative joint diseases, to help strengthen, lubricate and help support healthy hips, joints and bones over a lifetime.

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.

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 estradiol compounds which may help address urinary incontinence.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnoses of swollen joints are based on the symptoms presented, and a thorough physical assessment of your pet’s joints. Certain tests such as blood tests, x-rays and fluid samples from the joint may be needed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions.

The aim of conventional treatment for swollen joints is to manage pain, reduce inflammation and ease discomfort. Your vet may prescribe medications such analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Prednisone, Palaprin or Dermaxx.

Keep in mind that long-term use of these medications can cause serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, damage to the joint and cartilage, liver and kidneys. Resting the joint is very important and treating the affected area with immobilization and medications can also minimize symptoms and speed recovery. In more severe cases, joint surgery, splinting or casting may be necessary.

Taking preventative measures and making certain lifestyle changes such as weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise and adding natural supplements (glucosamine, ester-c, msm, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid can make a significant difference to your pet’s joint health. A more holistic approach that includes acupuncture, chiropractic therapy or massage can also reduce your pet’s symptoms and improve overall health and wellbeing.

 

 

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