Dogs with arthritis

Discussion in 'Health' started by Gill Carrick, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Gill Carrick

    Gill Carrick PetForums Newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
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    If you dog's got arthritis, I'd love to hear from you and maybe I could make some suggestions on what to do. I've just written a practical guide for owners with lots of case studies/helpful tips from owners.
  2. rona

    rona Alfie's Slave

    Aug 18, 2011
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    Why don't you give us a link or tell us your advice/ideas on the subject.

    There are many threads on here about arthritis that you could join to give your opinion.
  3. smokeybear

    smokeybear PetForums VIP

    Oct 19, 2011
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    Yes why not share your guide now you have written it.

    As we all share information.

    For example, here is a list of supplements which may be helpful

    Bromelain – naturally occurring enzyme sourced from the pineapple plant. It is predominantly found in the stem. Standardized extract is available alone or in combination with other products. It contains numerous anti-inflammatory chemicals and reduces the inflammatory response by alleviating pressure within the joint and allowing a greater ROM (range of movement).

    Cetyl-Myristoleate – extracted from the Kombo nut, found in the commercial product Cetyl – M

    Chondroitin - chondroitin sulphate is an important component of cartilage and the marine form is considered more bio available and powerful than the bovine form

    Cod Liver Oil - contains around three times less Omega 3 EFA (essential fatty acids) than that of FBO. Also, as CLO contains a significant amount of Vitamins A and D pregnant bitches should not be given this supplement; if a dog is being fed a commercial diet, you should check that recommended doses are not being exceeded as of course these contain Vitamins A and D. Raw fed dogs will normally have sufficient of these vitamins via liver and bones.

    Devils Claw - is a traditional herbal product, known as wood spider, a plant native to South Africa and traditionally taken as tea. The main anti-inflammatory agent is harpagoside which helps prevent the conversion of arachidonic acid into pro inflammatory messengers

    Fish Body Oil - is extracted from the flesh of oily fish such as salmon, herrings, sardines, pilchards and mackerel. They are a rich source of EPA and DHA (always ensure that the quantities of both are identified on the labels of FBO).

    Flaxseed Oil - (Linseed Oil) is ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which the dog has to convert to EPA and DHA, thus it is not such an efficient or effective source of Omega 3 as FBO from either the point of bio-availability or cost.
    Ginger Extract – another traditional product which contains anti inflammatory properties

    Glucosamine – is an amino sugar which is one of the main building blocks of cartilage; the HCl form is purer than the 2KCl form

    Green Lipped Mussel – contains glycosaminoglycans

    Hyaluronic Acid – aids joint lubrication and shock absorption

    MSM - provides a source of sulphur molecules required for the formation of connective tissue

    Rosehip extract – contain antioxidants such as Vitamin C both of which may have an anti inflammatory action.

    Turmeric – contains curcumin, better to take a supplement which contains standardised extract than just the off the shelf powdered spice.

    Vitamin C – essential in the formation of collagen

    Vitamin E – if you give FBO then you should also supplement with this vitamin as the former depletes the body of the latter.

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