By now, you should all realize that using liquid glucosamine, exercise and diet all play a role in assisting your pet with their arthritis. However, there is another aspect to using the right product that many of you likely have never considered: namely, it can have cardiovascular benefits.
Heart Benefits and Maintenance
Just like humans, cats and dogs need to maintain a healthy heart. Exercise and a proper diet are critical. If you are handling your pet's arthritis with liquid glucosamine, you should make certain that there are ingredients that also benefit their hearts.
Vitamins A, C and E should absolutely be part of any formula you are using. These wonderful vitamins are excellent anti-oxidants that serve to improve cardiovascular function.
The addition of Omega-3 essential fatty acids not only has anti-inflammatory qualities for arthritic pets, it has been demonstrated to improve blood flow in overweight pets. It follows that pets that are overweight and do not get enough exercise, will have the most restrictive coronary blood flow and will benefit if Omega-3 is included in the product you are using.
Other Dietary Issues
Using a high-quality (pharmaceutical quality) liquid glucosamine with these ingredients is a major plus for pets with heart disease or as a preventive measure. There are also some benefits for you. If every pet were analyzed by a veterinarian as to their breed, sex, lifestyle and medical condition, they would almost certainly ask you to prepare a special diet, custom-tailored to meet your pet's needs. Let's face it. Most of us just don't have the time.
That Sedentary Lifestyle Factor
Unfortunately, most pet owners don't set aside enough time for their own exercise much less that of their pets. Again, as I have said many times in the past, the exercise component is not only essential for arthritic pets, it is critical. The less exercise they get, the more likely they are to experience arthritis problems.
Taking time to set up a modest exercise or play time with our pets is critical. In addition to the benefits gained for arthritic pets, it also plays a role in maintaining a healthy heart. If we are realistic, we all should be aware that if it is good for us, it is also good for our pets.
If you are taking your pet in for annual exams, it is a good idea to check for heart problems. This can be expensive and it is not always an option for some pet owners. Again, if you will take some of the steps we have talked about here, you can likely avoid problems to begin with.