The Health Information Network
Education - Business - Product & Service Reviews
Mobile friendly site
travel
The Travel Guide
 Your Health
 Home Page
 Product Reviews
Understanding health
 Men's health
    Libido & Penis health
  Women's health
   Breast health
    Reproductive health
  Body and Self
    Anatomy
  Books
 Common Diseases
 Environment
    Act Local, Think Global
    Agriculture
    Our foods
    Poisons
 Skin Care
 Sleep
 Sociology
  Psychology
  Relationships
Healing systems
  Ayurveda
  Dental health
  Diet & Nutrition

    Our foods
    Carbohydrates
    Herbs
    Proteins

  Drugs
  Massage
  Minerals
  Spiritual Healing
  Tantra
  Tarot
  Vitamins
  Wisdom
  Animal Health


Links
  Business Directory
  Dating
  Holistic Bodywork Manuals
  Humour
  Learn Massage
  New Zealand Gift Ideas
  Travel

 
Natural
Breast
Enhancement


































 
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
 



Animal Health > Arthritis in Pets can be Helped with Nutrition
Author: Paula Hunt

Perhaps you've noticed that Rover's gotten a little stiff in the hind legs or that Spunky is having trouble jumping in and out of her litter box. These problems may be more serious than you think. Difficulty performing routine movements and reduced mobility may be indications that your pet is suffering from arthritis.

This progressively degenerative joint disease usually affects larger breeds of dogs, like retrievers, but it can also occur in cats. The most common form, degenerative osteoarthritis, is characterized by the erosion of the joints' normally smooth cartilage surfaces. Rough new surfaces develop in their place and cause joint pain and inflammation.

Arthritis can stem from a variety of factors including poor diet, genetics, aging and even Lyme disease. Since many other conditions, from heart disease to anemia, produce similar symptoms, have your veterinarian diagnose the condition with an X-ray. The good news is, whether you're looking to prevent the onset of arthritis or alleviate the symptoms, there are plenty of natural remedies to turn to.

"Nutrition is the most important thing you can do to prevent your pet from developing arthritis," says Gerald Buchoff, a holistic veterinary practitioner in North Bergen, N.J. Most canned and dry commercial pet foods lack the minerals needed for maintaining ideal health, so Buchoff recommends adding a supplement to your pet's diet that contains digestive enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. "Digestive enzymes help the body break down food more completely and thereby unlock the essential nutrients," he explains. "Antioxidants act as soldiers that patrol the body for the free radicals that are by-products of inflammatory processes such as arthritis. And essential fatty acids, like omega-3, cannot be made by the body but have been shown to aid in the prevention of arthritis."

If your animal is already symptomatic, John Heinerman Ph.D., author of Natural Pet Cures: Dog & Cat Care the Natural Way (Prentice Hall Press, 1998), suggests giving him mineral-rich anti-inflammatories like alfalfa and yucca. Add them in powdered form to food once a day (1/4 teaspoon [tsp.] each for cats, 1/2 to 1 tsp. for dogs). He also recommends cold-pressed flaxseed oil (1 tsp. for cats, 1 tablespoon for dogs) to reduce swelling.

Physical therapies, such as acupuncture, Shiatsu and chiropractic, can also relieve arthritic pain when performed by a licensed practitioner. According to Buchoff, chiropractic adjustments every six months, especially for large animals, can halt the onset of arthritis. Pain and stiffness can also be reduced by giving a gentle daily massage with your thumbs and fingertips on the pet's affected joints.

Exercise is also important for prevention and symptom management. It helps maintain muscle strength, which enhances joint support, and keeps off extra weight that can put pressure on the joints. (Take your dog for a walk or have a play session with your cat using a ball or pull toy.)

Finally, be sure to give your pet a warm, dry bed that's far away from joint-stiffening drafts. Or--something you'll both enjoy--just give him a leg up into your own bed.

For any dog or cat suffering from arthritis, supplementing their diet with high quality supplements is the first step in providing adequate care and relief of their condition.




 

Index
Anal Fistulas
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis Types
Types of Pet Arthritis
Diagnosis and Treatments
Treatment & Prevention
A Vets View
Treating and Preventing Illness
Nutrition's Role
Canine Hip Dysplasia
Feline Hip Dysplasia
Glucosamine Products
Consumers Guide
Your Cat
Rimadyl

 
Advertising
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer


Learn Massage


Grow Your
Own Breasts

Naturally




Weight-loss
Products
Reviewed



A Great Solution for Frequenet urination, incontenence, difficulty peeing, prostate pain and erectile dysfunction.
Top

Disclaimer:
All Information is provided for educational purposes only and not intended
to be used for any therapeutic purpose, neither is it intended to diagnose,
prevent, treat or cure any disease. Please consult a health care
professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
While attempts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this information,
The Health Information Network does not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions.

ęCopyright 2014 The Health Information Network