Joint Disease in Dogs

There are many different forms of joint disease in dogs, however the most common is arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis. Canine arthritis is a progressive inflammatory condition where the joint slowly breaks down over time. There are many different ways to manage and treat arthritis in dogs, from medications to supplements to even nutritional management. But probably the best way to help dogs with arthritis is to use a combination of therapies, the base of which start with more holistic options like diet and supplements.

The ideal diet for a dog with arthritis comes down to several key nutritional factors – all of which aim to reduce inflammation, build lean muscle mass and scavenge free radials (reducing oxidative stress). Depending on concurrent medical conditions and your dog’s own metabolism one particular management strategy may work better than another.

Below are two detailed articles on arthritis: the nutritional management of joint disease, and a detailed description of the research we have associated with the different supplements currently on the market for dogs with arthritis.

Nutritional Management of Joint Disease in Dogs

There are many different factors that go into choosing a diet for a dog with arthritis or joint disease – from the right types of fats to fight inflammation, to the amount of protein to support lean muscle mass. Learn about the key nutritional factors that go into making the best dog foods for joint disease.

About the Author: Nikki is a Registered Veterinary Technician (Veterinary Nurse) and Dog Mom with over a decade of experience with dogs and cats. Since graduation from college (BS Biology, AS Animal Health -2013) she has adopted two mixed breed dogs – Ranger and Ash, and has focused her time learning about pet food and nutrition.

Nikki shares information on a range of dog nutrition topics: from how to create a homemade complete and balanced dog food recipes, to how to choose a dog food. Nikki strives to give dog parents the information they need in order to make the best nutrition decisions for their pup!

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