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Musculoskeletal Function in Dogs and Cats

Musculoskeletal Function in Dogs and CatsPet supplements to help support musculoskeletal function in dogs and cats.

Herbal nutrition that may help to promote bone health, provide nutritive support and help to prevent musculoskeletal disease in dogs and cats.

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. It is critical that the musculoskeletal system is properly function to mentioned structural health of dogs and cats over their lifetime.

Age, injuries (treated and untreated), a depressed immune system and wear and tear can all undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

The muscular system of a dog and cat is part of the larger musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The most important formative period of a young animal’s muscular system is between birth and 14 months. A series of vitamins and minerals are required to ensure proper muscle growth

Dogs and cats rely heavily on their muscular systems for endurance and motion that allows them to walk, run and jump. Secondary functions include producing heat by shivering when an animal is cold, strengthening joints and supporting the skeletal system.

Dogs and cats are prone to a number of muscular diseases. Congenital diseases inherited from parents are relatively rare and most common in purebred dogs and cats. Muscular dystrophy, muscle fiber deficiency, familial reflex myoclonus, and congenital myotonia are examples of congenital muscle diseases in dogs and cats.

Inflammatory disorders, which cause inflammation of one or several muscles simultaneously, and neoplasia, (tumors and cancers) are two other types of muscles disease in dogs and cats.

Other common potential causes of decline in the musculoskeletal system:

Many veterinarians believe that hip dysplasia in dogs is related to genetics and heredity. Some large breed dogs such as German Shepherds, St. Bernards, Golden Retrievers, etc. are more prone to hip dysplasia and it may be passed onto their litters. 

Many holistic veterinarians believe that over-vaccination can increase the risk of developing hip dysplasia in dogs. They advise that if your dog is young and is genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia, you should consider not vaccinating every year.

Feeding a diet that has too much or too little calcium or other minerals can also have a detrimental effect on the development of the hip joint. In addition, vitamin deficiencies (especially vitamin C) can also cause canine hip dysplasia.

Dogs and cats that are fed low-quality commercial pet food are at higher risk of suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Feeding a dog home-made dog foods also risks nutritional imbalance and these diets must be carefully monitored to make sure that the dog is getting all the nutrients, essential minerals, and vitamins he needs.

Obesity is another common cause. It is easy to understand that if a dog is obese, the extra weight will put more stress on the legs and joints supporting the body, thus exacerbating degeneration of the joint in a dog with hip problems.

For young growing puppies especially those who are predisposed to hip dysplasia, the type and the amount of exercise is important. Any activities that put a lot of force on the joints are not good. One such activity is playing Frisbee.

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

Herbal treatments have been studied for their safe yet effective support of the musculoskeletal system; to help nourish the musculoskeletal system throughout a pet's lifetime; to help build bone density; to stimulate collagen production (the building blocks of bones and the skeletal system); to help build connective tissues and promote cellular health; to help limit bone re-absorption; to help alleviate pain and inflammation as well as the overall health of your pet.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extracts that 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; 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.

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 natural 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 mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function and much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

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), 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.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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