Your Dog’s Joints and Mobility
Just like us, as dogs get older wear and tear on their joints means they may not be as bouncy and playful as they used to be.
Joint and mobility problems may affect 90% of dogs over the age of 5.
If your dog is carrying too much weight it can cause joint problems as well, where damage to the cartilage causes the two bones to rub together.
Arthritis can be a problem for our cuddly friends and not just confined to old dogs. Inherited conditions may cause issues too.
Dogs can’t tell us what’s wrong so it’s important to pick up on clues to joint pain.
If he’s stiff, is hesitant to jump or climb stairs, these may be signs of joint problems
What is good for joints and mobility?
Throughout your doggie’s life it’s crucial to give him a nutritionally balanced diet as there are key ingredients that help and with bone development and the maintenance of joints in the food.
Dog’s joints contain synovial fluid which lubricates and nourishes.
Studies have found that Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Hyaluronic Acid when fed orally can be detected in the synovial fluid and can help lubricate joints.
* Glucosamine helps repair cartilage damage.
* Chondroitin increases joint flexibility and joint cushioning for ease of movement.
* Hyaluronic Acid increases the joint fluid offering more cushioning.
What to look for in food
Some of Butcher’s canned products contain tripe which is an excellent source of protein, and fibre and delivers just the right calcium to phosphorus ratio which is essential for healthy bone and joint development.
Don’t take our word for it. It’s been trialled and tested so you know you are giving your cuddly friend the best food you can to help him.