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10 Helpful Suggestions for Dogs and Cats with Joint Disease

10 Helpful Suggestions for Dogs and Cats with Joint Disease 

Helpful suggestions and herbal nutrition to help dogs and cats with joint disease. .
Joint Disease in Dogs Joint Disease in Cats

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components which includes bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and organs such as the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries, breed, genetics, illness and wear and tear can all undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and inflammatory responses throughout the body.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found throughout your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Degenerative joint disease, also referred to as osteoarthritis is a very common condition in both cats and dogs, and is often seen in older animals. In degenerative joint disease, the cartilage surrounding the joint changes, breaks down slowly and deteriorates as a result of wear and tear. Along with the bone, the cartilage actually erodes together with areas of bone. The most common areas of the body that are affected include the hip, spine knees, elbows and wrist joints. 

Dogs tend to be more susceptible to degenerative joint disease than cats but certain breeds, especially large breeds such as Labrador-retriever, German shepherd, or Golden retrievers suffer more from joint and bone problems. Joint diseases can create a lot of pain for your pet and generally worsen over time.
Helpful suggestions for joint disease:
1. Manage your pet’s weight by controlling diet. If your pet is overweight, it puts more strain on their joints and exaggerates all symptoms, including related pain. 
2. 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. Engaging your cat in play time and interactive toys can help them maintain muscle strength and movement. Avoid strenuous activities that involves lots of running, playing fetch, Frisbee or jumping from high places.
3. Feed your dog or cat a premium, healthy, high quality or all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, fatty and amino acids as well as minerals and nutrients.
4. Build ramps so that your pet does not have to walk up stairs.
5. Elevate food and water bowls to make eating and drinking easier for pets.
6. Provide a soft and comfortable sleeping environment (like an old mattress) or an orthopedic foam bed for your pet.
7. Keep your pet warm indoors during cold and rainy weather. Add extra layers of comfy, warm blankets or a heating pad. 
8. Apply a hot water bottle, heating pads or warm, soaked towels on the affected areas to relieve pain and stiffness.
9. Massage your pet or ask your vet to perform physical therapy on the affected area to soothe and promote range of movement.
10. Ensure that your pet has a stress-free environment and gets plenty of rest, especially during the recovery period.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal and marine nutrition have been used effectively for millennia to treat degenerative joint disease and conditions, to help to regenerate lost cartilage and connective tissues, to reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation; acts as an anti-inflammatory and immune builder, supporting the joints and skeletal system as well as overall health, in the treatment of degenerative joint diseases, to strengthen and support healthy joints and alleviate pain and inflammation.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extracts that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild the tissue, joints, bones and muscles matrix; 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.

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.





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