Dealing with Arthrits in Pets & Animals
8 Tips for Arthritis
Tip 1: Make Sure Your Pet Really Does Have Osteoarthritis
While to some of you, today's tip might be very basic. It is absolutely essential
that you make sure your diagnosis is correct before you begin wasting money
on treatments that are not designed to help your pet's specific situation.
Tip 2: Searching For Just Arthritis Pain Relief?
An absolute No-No is to treat your pet with drugs used for humans. Pets are particularly at risk when ingesting human medications. It can rise to the level
of a fatality that develops quickly. Symptoms may develop quickly
and may not immediately alert the pet owneruntil it's too late.
Pain and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are the conventional treatments favoured by Vets.
There are several products that are used to deal with pain that afflicts family pets. Sometimes a veterinarian
will use cortisone initially for immediate relief, & now many have found that a follow-up course of treatment with glucosamine combined with Omega-3 and Vitamin E very effective.
Tip 3: Keeping Your Pet's Weight in Balance is Key To Taking Control of Osteoarthritis!
If osteoarthritis is affecting the load-bearing joints, keeping your pets
weight within normal ranges is important. Load-bearing joints refers
to any portion of the body that would be affected by excessive weight such as your pet’s neck, hips, shoulders, elbows
Tip 4: The Arthritis Fighting Diet
Pet food should have no added preservatives, food colorings, wheat, corn or soy products. Make it as low fat and low carbohydrates as possible. Grains tend to increase inflammation and aggravate arthritis in dogs. Dogs thrive on home-prepared meals with either cooked or raw meats and vegetables.
However, if you don’t want to prepare meals for your pet, then cut back on the dry food and start adding a cup of fresh veggie “salad” every day. Celery is excellent for the joints as are lettuce, celery, cucumber, some carrot, and any other fresh vegetables. Just make sure to cut all vegetables into very small pieces for easy digestion and don’t use onions or mushrooms as they may be toxic to your pet.
NB: Provide Supplements That Reduce Arthritic Swelling and Pain
Give your pet a glucosamine tablet. Glucosamine helps the body manufacture glycosaminoglycans, which is designed to maintain cartilage structure. The recommended dosage is ¼ mg of a 500mg tablet per 10 pounds of body weight once a day. Preferably use a glucosamine tablet that also contains Chondroitin Sulfate. This supplement helps to attract water into the cartilage for added nutrition and lubrication. It also seems to inhibit excessive cartilage destroying enzymes.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring organic dietary sulphur that has been shown in studies to relieve arthritic pain, slow joint deterioration and reduce inflammation with no negative side effects.
Also pets rarely get enough Omega 3 fatty acids in their diets. Omega 3 helps to regulate pressure in the joints, among many other things. A good source for this is fish oil capsules. Additional vitamin E will also be needed since adding more oil to the body increases the need for this vitamin.
Tip 5: Fighting Arthritis Through Proper Exercise!
Try to keep your pet's joint areas in motion, even in a limited
manner. Exercise is good for joints affected by osteoarthritis. Make sure pets in pain get the lightest exercise - a good exercise routine is to take shorter walks several times a day rather than one long walk.
Tip 6: Our Preferred Treatment: Glucosamine : The latest arthritis research has shown that there are some very effective
to surgery and other conventional treatments. They have no side effects, are completely safe, ease the pain and
tend to the disease. This supplement is Glucosamine.
has been making a lot of headlines. Glucosamine
is an over-the-counter dietary supplement that has been shown to be effective
in the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pain. Glucosamine
stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG's), the important proteins
found in cartilage plus proteoglycans, the water holding molecules that make
up the cartilage.
Tip 7: How to Evaluate a Glucosamine
compounds have opened up an entirely new avenue for all of you who suffer from
osteoarthritis. There is nothing new about the use of Glucosamine as a way of
easing an arthritic condition. For many years it has been used in Asia and Europe
before the English speaking medical community caught on. However, you have to
be very, very careful when selecting Glucosamine products.
Your selection should be based on four factors.
You must consider the quality of Glucosamine,
method of delivery to body, additional ingredients in the product, and of course,
Simply put, the higher quality of Glucosamine
you use, the greater your relief will be. Many companies use medium grade Glucosamine
so you must be careful to look for the highest quality. You need to look for
pharmaceutical quality Glucosamine if you want the fastest and fullest relief
Secondly, the method of delivery can make the difference between no pain relief
and your personally desired pain relief. Most products produced after the breakthrough
news of the 1999 Lancet medical journal Glucosamine
study, were rushed to the market. In this haste, these companies did not take
any time to do tests on their product. They simply assumed pill form would be
the most effective. The latest research however, has shown that Glucosamine
in liquid form is much more effective. In selecting a Glucosamine product, you
should look for one that is liquid form.
Also, crucial to the effectiveness of the product, is the other ingredients
that are included in the product. Glucosamine
alone is not a cure all. There simply is no cure for arthritis. To receive true
help in an arthritic state, you need to look for products that combine a number
of arthritis fighting ingredients. You should look for a product that besides
Glucosamine Sulfate and Glucosamine HCL, it also contains arthritis-fighting
ingredients such as chondroitin, boswellin, bromelain, omega 3 & 6, yucca,
manganese ascorbate, and vitamins A, C, and E.
When considering price, you must take care to determine exactly how much supply
you are purchasing. Many companies engage in what can only be called a "deceptive"
practice. They often will include 60 pills, or 32 oz. of the product, but they
don't make it clear that you have to take 6 pills or 4 oz. a day. You think
you have purchased a month supply when often you will run out in less than 2
weeks. A good price for a quality liquid Glucosamine product with many of the
above ingredients synergistically combined is around $30.
My recommendation for Glucosamine
products is Syn-flex®,
a 98% pure liquid formula that combines all the ingredients that are essential
for pain relief and joint healing.
Tip 8:. 12 Ingredients that Will Ease Your Arthritis Pain
In alleviating arthritis pain, there are twelve key compounds that you should
be taking for maximum relief. These are Glucosamine, chondroitin, boswellin,
bromelain, omega 3 & 6, yucca, manganese ascorbate, and vitamins A, C, and
Real Life Experience with Arthritic Pets:
Our 12-year old min-schnauzer was having a real hard time walking and trying to go up and down our steps to go outside. The vet gave him an arthritis medication but I was reluctant to use it. I checked all the information and testimonials on Syn-flex and decided to give it a try. It seemed to work within 2-3 days with our Bunky. Where he could barely walk before, he was almost running with the other younger dogs within a week. At the same time I was using the product for my arthritis in my knee and felt a huge improvement immediately. When we ran out of the product I didn't re-order, thinking I could some like products from the pet stores. No way did they work the same. I just received my first re-order of Syn-flex, Bunky has taken 3 doses and is again his lively, playful self that he was before when he took it. THANK YOU for this wonderful product
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