Better Joint Care For Dogs
As exciting as it is to have a new puppy at home, it is also important to remember that joint health is just as important as playing, house training and cuddling.
You may not be able to find a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to joint care for dogs, but there are a number of easy steps you can take right from the start to encourage a lifestyle that reduces the chances of your pet developing joint problems later on. Here are a few of the most important steps to take...
FEEDING THE NEEDS OF YOUR PET
There is no doubt that golden retrievers grow as quickly as an 18-year-old person over the course of one year. In other words, puppies grow and mature very quickly!
There is a risk that rapid growth can have a negative impact on your puppy's joints just like it can on humans, so making sure that you feed your puppy the nutrients it needs to grow properly is imperative.
In spite of the fact that any dog can suffer from joint problems, you may want to be extra cautious if your puppy is one of the large breed dogs like retrievers or shepherds, since these breeds tend to have genetically inherited conditions related to joints.
In order to support healthy bone development, nutrients like calcium and phosphorus are needed to build cartilage, while nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin are essential for the build-up of bones. Hemp Well Hip & Joint products contain all of these essential nutrients (and more) which are formulated for dogs of all breeds and ages, including puppies of all sizes.
As part of the training process for your puppy, it can sometimes be tempting to give them a lot of treats, especially if they are having trouble learning a new command. However, too many treats can lead to excess weight gain and other health issues over time, especially when they are given the wrong kind.
Study their health regularly
It is crucial that you maintain your dog's weight in order to keep him healthy and happy. Excess weight puts pressure on your dog's joints, which can increase the risk of them developing arthritis, hip dysplasia, and several other serious health issues.
It has also been proven that by reducing the stress on the joint, maintaining your dog at a healthy weight can reduce the risk of degenerative joint disease. The risk of your dog developing arthritis can be greatly reduced with even a small amount of weight loss, so helping your dog lose a few pounds is well worth it if they have to do so.
In order to lose weight, it is extremely important to change the way you eat (which our feeding calculator can help you with to help you determine what the right amount of food is for you) as well as you should exercise regularly.
A regular exercise program helps you and your dog stay fit. Regular exercise not only helps you and your dog stay fit, but it also tones and provides support to the muscles around the joints, which keeps them strong, agile, and keeps them mentally healthy as well.
We recommend regular visits to your vet in order to ensure your adult dog's joints are healthy - and to contact your vet immediately if you have any concerns about your dog's condition, as dogs tend to ignore discomfort, which makes it difficult for you to detect warning signs.
Supporting pets with aching joints
There are some dogs that suffer from stiff, inflamed, and painful joints as they age because their collagen levels decrease due to the aging process.
When our furry friend once was fearless and full of energy, it can be very difficult for us to see them struggling to walk up and down the street, let alone chasing the ball they used to be obsessed with. We understand.
The good news is that by providing the right nutrition, as well as low-impact exercise, you can reduce the chance of your senior dog experiencing pain and ensure that they remain mobile for as long as possible.
As far as pain associated with arthritis is concerned, glucosamine and chondroitin are commonly used as nutraceuticals (foods that provide health benefits). There are a number of natural anti-inflammatory properties in these nutrients that can be found in Hemp Well products (which are an integral component of all our products).
It is widely recognized that omega-3 fatty acids (particularly EPA and DHA) can provide benefits against a variety of conditions and disorders found in dogs, and these mussels are the perfect source of these fatty acids.
If you are looking for a way to make life a little easier for your senior dog and you are looking for a way to make sure he is receiving a diet rich in all these nutrients, you should definitely consider feeding him such a diet.
As a general rule, a preventative approach to joint care is the most effective method. While there are lots of supplements out there, your vet can advise you when you need some extra support for your dog. As a general rule, however, you should remember to:
- Treat your pet to a diet of healthy, natural ingredients
- Give them plenty of exercise, motivation, and rewards
- Keep an eye on their waistline
- A healthy pet is a happy one!
You will be able to save time, money, and stress if you keep a balanced lifestyle with good nutrition, adequate exercise, and lots of love.
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