Keep your kitty’s joints healthy this winter

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Joint issues can be exacerbated by the cold weather

You may have noticed, many US states are experiencing record low temperatures. While snuggling up near the fire and reading a good book makes for the perfect afternoon, keeping our pets comfortable during the cold winter months can be challenging. Joint related issues are often exacerbated by the cold weather and can cause joint pain symptoms such as limping, crying and having trouble getting up and down. Read More »

Promote healthy joints and a happy dog in 2014

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A supplement like Play Free can maintain your dog's joint health

With the start of the New Year, it’s important to make sure our pets are just as healthy as we are. We know the importance of feeding our pet a high-quality pet food, and making sure that he or she gets enough exercise, but you may not know the importance of proper joint health.

Our pet’s joints are just as important as the food they eat, and the exercise they receive. As our pets age, joints may become stiff and lose flexibility, which can make playing or exercising painful, and no pet parent wants that. Read More »

What in the World is Medial Patellar Luxation?

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Medial Patellar Luxation is a dislocation of the knee joint

Thanks to the internet and the social groups out there now, I have been able to get in touch with many of my high school friends. Sometimes this is a wonderful thing but at other times all this does is serve as a reminder of why we stopped being close friends to begin with. There is usually a reason why certain people become lifelong friends and why some do not. That reason is usually obvious at the time but is usually forgotten over time. Well social media serves at times as a gentle, or not so gentle, reminder.

My friend Joe, who I recently met up with after twenty years of absence, was one of those friends that I lost touch with because of the hectic school load we both had combined with several moves around the country. On Sunday morning my recently-found friend called me to say good morning and to ask me a question about his dog “Lucky”. He proceeded to tell me that the vet told him that Lucky had a condition called “Medial Patellar Luxation” and prescribed a medication called Rimadyl. Rather than ask the vet at the time of the examination to explain the condition, Joe waited until 8 am Sunday morning to decide to call me and ask me. It’s always a pleasure to help out an old friend plus it gave me a good topic for this blog. Read More »

Do These Supplements Do Anything for Joints?

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When used properly, a good joint supplement can be beneficial

Arthritis is defined as inflammation of a joint.This inflammation often causes pain or swelling. There are several types of arthritis that dogs and cats can develop, the most common being osteoarthritis. The hip and shoulder joints are usually the most affected. When cartilage starts wearing away, the bone becomes exposed; the bone has nerves and when that rubs against another bone the result is pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis sometimes occurs as a result of normal wear and tear when the dog gets older but sometimes it is caused by some other condition that alters the joints and makes them susceptible, such as hip or elbow dysplasia.  Read More »

Signs Your Pet May Have Joint Pain

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There can be many causes of painful joints in pets

Joint pain and/or inflammation are some of the most common signs seen in pets with musculoskeletal disease. Discomfort in the joints can have many causes ranging from traumatic injuries, infections including tick born diseases such as Lyme disease or Ehrlichiosis, or fungal infections. In young pets, congenital joint disease, including hip dysplasia also may be involved. In middle-aged and older pets, autoimmune and degenerative diseases of the joints are common, especially diseases of the stifle joints, including luxating patellas and torn cruciate ligaments (known as a torn ACL).

Clinical signs of joint pain may include swelling and tenderness of the joints, as well as cracking of the joints on movement. Varying degrees of lameness and limping, stiffness and limb weakness also may be seen. Many pets with infectious or inflammatory conditions of the joints may develop fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Other pets with severe joint pain may be reluctant to jump, or go up and down stairs, as well as have a reluctance to play or move around. In pets with signs of severe and/or chronic joint pain, a full veterinary diagnostic workup is recommended so that proper treatment can be implemented.

Joint Inflammation: A Major Cause of Pain and Suffering in our Pets

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The last secret of pain is yet to tell.
Pain is heaven and also pain is hell.
Pain is north pole, pain is south pole.
In our life pain plays an important role.

~  Ramesh Kavdia

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint which can be painful for your pet

There are few things more upsetting than watching a pet that used to jump from the bed to the couch, jump in and out of the pool, run up a flight of stairs, and chase a ball for hours all of a sudden develop joint pain and can now hardly move. I have personally taken many phone calls from teary eyed owners who just don’t know what to do to stop the suffering. When I hang up after one of those calls I usually just stare at the phone for about 5 minutes in silence and try my best to come to terms with the role of suffering and pain in the bigger scheme of things. I always believed that if someone can feel such great compassion for a pet they must have a great big heart with lots of love residing in it. Today I will discuss Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, and some pros and cons of the various medications that are used to treat these very painful disorders.

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Pet Medications to Help Your Pet’s Joint Problems

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Joint problems are very common in dogs and cats. There can be a wide variety of causes from genetic malformations, traumatic injuries, infectious causes, to degenerative and immune mediated joint diseases. Veterinarians often manage joint problems in pets through a combination of prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx or Previcox, as well as other types of pain medications such as prescription Tramadol.  NSAIDs are commonly prescribed by veterinarians to help pets with joint problems including arthritis

There are many other additional supplements you can add to help lessen symptoms and pain associated with joint disease in our pets. Omega 3 fatty acid supplements such as Be Well, Missing Link or Nordic Naturals can reduce inflammation and help restore joint function long term.  Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer and the Glyco-Flex products can also help lubricate and restore joint function. Natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories such as Proanthozone and Yucca Intensive can also help reduce pain and inflammation. In addition, holistic treatment options such as homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture can also help painful arthritic pets.

Have you found a joint product to be especially helpful for your dog or cat? If you haven’t tried joint supplements on your pet, is it something you would consider using?

PetMeds® Maintaining Healthy Joints in Pets with Super Joint Enhancer

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Similar to us humans, as pets age they may need supplements to help them stay active and healthy. When it comes to a pet’s joint health, Super Joint Enhancer is a wonderful glucosamine, chondroitan and MSM supplement that I’ve found to be an excellent economic alternative to more expensive supplements of its type often sold at veterinary offices. Super Joint Enhancer is available as a chewable tablet, soft chew, and liquid

Super Joint Enhancer has performed wonderfully for me in helping maintain healthy joints in aging pets, plus pets seem to love the beef and pork chewable formulation.  Super Joint Enhancer is also available in several forms including soft chews and a liquid for finicky pets. Common concerns from pet owners have included whether it was safe to use super joint enhancer with other prescription medications used for arthritis, and in most cases the answer is certainly yes. Other concerns include whether the product may cause weight gain and/or aggravate sugar control in diabetic pets, and while both are possible, I have not personally seen these to be major problems in pets on this supplement. The only other rare side effect I have seen is occasional diarrhea

Do you give your pets joint supplements? If so, which brand? Do you find them to be helpful for your pet’s joints? Or if you’ve given your pet Super Joint Enhancer, tell us what you think!

PetMeds® Help Swollen Joints with Glyco-Flex for Dogs

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Glyco-Flex for dogs may be able to help reduce swelling and pain in joints There is nothing more frustrating for pet owners than to see their older pets have difficulty moving because of stiff arthritic joints or spinal disease. Even younger pets that develop arthritis secondary to ligament tears such as cruciate ligament tears or exposure to tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, may develop signs of painful movement and lameness.

That is when great joint products such as Glyco-Flex by Vetriscience can dramatically alleviate symptoms in many pets. The main ingredient in this product, Perna, has been studied in human medicine for years, and can dramatically help pets with painful or swollen joints.

Perna is naturally high in glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate and is also combined with MSM in many of the Glyco-Flex lines for additional relief of joint discomfort. Depending upon the severity of joint issues, product options include Glyco-Flex I, II or III. Side effects are rare but may include diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Before giving any glucosamine product to a diabetic pet, the pet’s veterinarian should first be consulted.   If Glyco-Flex alone does not help alleviate symptoms, than one can try other natural supplements like Proanthozone, Yucca Intensive, or prescription medications such as Tramadol or other nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications such as Metacam or Rimadyl.

When giving this product to their pets a client may ask why the product has a strong fish smell. That’s because Perna is actually the green lipped sea mussel, but it certainly is a tasty mussel for most dogs, and one that can offer dramatic symptomatic relief in most pets.

PetMeds® Managing Dog Arthritis Pain

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Inflammation in the joints can cause  swelling and painful movement Arthritis means inflammation of the joints and such inflammation can have many potential causes from genetic anatomic defects such as hip dysplasia, infectious diseases such as tick-borne Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, to various lupus-like immune caused inflammation of the joints. Any of these potential causes can result in varying degrees of swelling, heat and painful stiff movement of affected joints.

What’s interesting to note is that many of these conditions can shift from one joint to another. Various ligament or tendon instabilities of certain joints such as patella luxations and cruciate ligament rupture can result in arthritis long term if not treated appropriately.  Differentiating these various conditions usually involves a veterinary workup and exam as well as possibly x rays, blood testing or obtaining samples of joint fluid of affected joints.  Depending upon the severity and cause of the arthritis will dictate treatment from surgical correction, to the use of antibiotics such as Doxycycline, as well as prescription anti inflammatory pet medications such as Previcox or Rimadyl, or cortisone.  Supplements can often be helpful here as well, including Super Joint Enhancer, omega 3 fatty acids and the antioxidant Proanthozone. While jumping off beds and sofas can potentially worsen the condition, 1800petmeds has wonderful accessories such as pet steps and ramps which can help painful arthritic pets.