Winter has arrived, and with the cold weather we often experience the creaks and groans due to trauma, age, and wear and tear on our joints and bones. And this discomfort is in not only true for us. Our pets can be affected the same way. You may notice your dog’s reluctant to climb stairs, jump up on the couch or go to walks. You may discover that your cat has stopped jumping up on the counter. In fact, an elderly cat with arthritis in its back or joints may even find it hard to climb into the litter box. What to do?
As humans, when our bones and joints speak up, we often turn to nutraceuticals such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM or anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Our pets can enjoy pain relief from achy joints in cold weather by using the same types of nourishing nutraceuticals and anti-inflammatory drugs. The glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM products work by providing the cartilage and joint fluid the nutrients they need to do their job. The joint fluid needs to be thick, slimy and gooey to keep the cartilage-coated bones apart, and the cartilage needs to stay thick and smooth to slide with minimal friction. Too much contact or friction may wear off the cartilage coating of the bones causing the dreaded “bone on bone” contact. Once this happens, inflammation, swelling, and pain follows. Once the cartilage is compromised, nutraceuticals can help thicken joint fluid and encourage a bit of “patching“ but the damage has been done.
The most important therapy for joint pain is weight reduction. Heavier weight causes more friction of inflamed bones and joints. The best path to weight loss in your dog or cat is to feed less kibble or dilute it with water or vegetables.
The next step is to nourish healthy, compromised, or damaged joints with glucosamine, chondroitin, omega oils, and antioxidants. Those types of ingredients are available in pills, liquids and powders, which you’ll find in the nutrition sections of supermarkets, nutrition stores, pharmacies, vet hospitals or online.
Dog Dish Diet has recommendations for types and amounts of oils and nutraceuticals you can buy from your supermarkets. The past six months or so I have been using an antioxidant mixture to help with painful backs, hips, and joints. It’s a powder that contains red wine extract, grape seed extract and other plant-derived antioxidants that help combat inflammation in the joints.
When Karen Serafin first told me about how the mixture could help her King Cavalier Spaniel Herbie’s back, I knew from my experience with the healing power of nutrition that these weird-sounding nutrients had wonderful nourishing properties. So we tried the mixture called PetHealth OPC Formula with Glucosamine for Dogs & Cats, and Herbie became pain free and only needed the pain relief provided by anti-inflammatory medications on occasion.
One of the nice aspects of this nutraceutical treatment is that it is free from the side effects typical with ibuprofen-like drugs that can cause stomach and bowel problems in dogs and cats. This is a natural mix of healing antioxidants that can truly help. Since Herbie,I have used PetHealth OPC on 20 patients with good results, and I have read as many strong testimonials from other people who have used the mixture with their pet patients. Thanks to OPC, keeping your pet free from pain may now be easier and more healthful. This is a healthful blend of antioxidants that work to defend the body against inflammation.
If this sounds like something you would like to try with your pet, you can order it through my account on Market America. You pay the same price whether you order through me or not. But in the interest of full disclosure, I will earn a small affiliate payment from each sale. I just wanted you to know. So if this doesn’t offend you, you can order PetHealth OPC Formula with Glucosamine for Dogs & Cats by clicking here. The link will take you directly to the sales page.