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