Changing to a raw diet can make a huge positive difference to arthritic joints. In some cases, supplements may be beneficial too. some of these pets are able to come off their conventional pain medications*, which can then be held in reserve for when they really need them.



Arthritis, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease (DJD) are common inflammatory joint conditions. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling and a reduced range of motion.


  • Size & weight
  • Trauma, injury, infection
  • Activity
    • Some cats can get arthritic elbows from jumping
    • Some dogs can get arthritic hips & backs from ball-chasing etc
  • Inflammatory, and gut permeability-increasing components of the diet (such as grains, starches, sugars, emulsifiers)
  • Autoimmune conditions:
    • The body produces antibodies against foreign proteins. The foreign proteins may be similar in structure to the proteins found in the joint capsule, and the body gets confused and attacks its own proteins.


Cartilage is made up of collagen, water and proteoglycans. For joints to repair, the body must be fuelled with the right building blocks.

Our pets need to consume sulphur, free form amino acids, essential fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin for cartilage maintenance and repair. These nutrients are readily available in a well-planned species-appropriate diet. There is substantial evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin (present in it’s natural form in a species-appropriate diet) effectively relieve arthritic pain and help the body recover from joint trauma.

Consuming oily fish or fish oil supplements can also benefit arthritic dogs and cats. The essential fatty acids in these help to dampen the inflammatory response. Cats and dogs cannot utilise vegetable oil supplements (flax oil, evening primrose oil). They are designed to eat animals that have already converted these oils to useful substances. Raw rabbit, possum and chicken are high in useable essential fatty acids.


* Always talk to your vet before stopping any prescription medications.