Volume 4 - Issue 4

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Welcome to this month's issue of The Pet Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Content from The Pet Arthritis Resource Center
  2. An Amazing Statistic
  3. Pet Arthritis Message Boards


Real Food Treats Improve Your Pet's Health
We love to give our dogs treats, and they love to get them. The healthiest treats we can give our dogs and cats are made from real, fresh food. Since we like to give them variety and tasty tidbits as well, we'll review briefly each category of treat.

Nutrition and Arthritic Pets
We have talked about the importance of both diet and exercise when dealing with a pet that has arthritis. I think that diet is such an important issue that it is one we should discuss in greater detail. It is becoming common knowledge that as humans, our bodies perform better when we "eat right." It is equally important for pets to follow healthy food guidelines as well.

Big Dogs: Big Problems - Caution on the Exercise Front
In the past, we have talked about certain breeds of dogs that are prone to developing arthritis problems. Generally speaking, it is the larger breeds that are more prone. Of course, arthritis does not discriminate.

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An Amazing Statistic


By J.R. Rogers

No Symptoms but Trouble on the Horizon
I was reading a book the other day about hip dysplasia in dogs. Before going further, I should add that this applies to cats as well. The article was written by a veterinarian and it had something very important to say about this painful condition.

An incredible 65-70% of young puppies display hip dysplasia when screened with an X-ray. That includes young pups that are not demonstrating symptoms; with no lameness or other symptoms of pain that would be visible.

Now, this number is staggering when you consider that this veterinarian was talking about puppies less than one year old.

What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is basically a "ball and socket" kind of condition. In short, the joint does not fit right or it "pops" out of line. A cat or a dog may be born with this condition; or, it may result from activity and stress. Veterinarians face several different scenarios here. As I have said in previous articles this is a condition that larger breed dogs are prone to developing. However, this veterinarian was describing all young puppies he had studied.

The more fundamental question is this. If young animals have this condition, it generally worsens. Even though they are not demonstrating symptoms this early in life as it progresses, pain and disability are inevitable.

Working on the Problem Now
For an adult pet that already has symptoms, many of those who read this column are doing what I recommend. They are using a safe and effective approach by using a high-quality liquid glucosamine formula. (I have already cautioned about the use of some remedies made available by veterinarians.)

So, what should you do?
For those who have younger pets, why wait? Do you really need the expense of an x-ray to make a decision about this? Of course not.

By nature, pets are playful and active. The eventual consequence is that they will develop joint pain as a result of trauma, aging, or both.

A Simple Solution
Be proactive now. As adults, many of us wish we had done more to care for our joints earlier in life. Most of us take vitamins and minerals as supplements and the smart consumer is using a liquid glucosamine of the highest quality.

The cost of the best liquid formulas is low and is given to pets based on body weight. For smaller animals, the cost is negligible compared to the potential for problems down the road. For a pet that weighs 10-20 pounds, we are talking about pennies.

My suggestion is to use a high-quality liquid glucosamine for maintenance early on. As that article indicated, the number of pets with hip dysplasia is very high even with no symptoms being displayed. There is no reason to wait until your pet is in pain and suffering.

See you next time.

For information on arthritis in pets visit our site at http://www.arthritis-cats-dogs.com

For information on glucosamine and the leading products read The Guide to Glucosamine Products. Or you can learn more about glucosamine formula Syn-flex®, our recommended glucosamine product.


A feature to our Pet Arthritis Resource Center is the Pet Arthritis Message Board. You can post messages, ask questions, learn more, and meet friends. You can post messages in any of the following sections.

Dogs

Cats

Other Animals

Here's a few sample posts from the Forum...

Linda
Posted on 13 Apr 2005

I have not been on lately, been busy with a stop smoking agenda and at those websites to help my quit. I have had my dog on Syn.Flex and Kaprex for a few years now and it is very successful. It has kept him from the prescription drugs, my Vet recommended and gave me a prescription once for Deramaxx but, when I got home and read about the harmful side effects I decided not to give it to him. So far so good. He is sixteen years old.


Courtney
Posted on 13 Apr 2005

I have a two year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who has been limping around for the past three weeks. We took her to the vet and he said most likely she tore her ACL. He gave her a supply of Deramax (sp) for five days and we did see a slight improvement. He said she didn't sound much better and said we should have an x-ray done and that she would probably need surgery. I am wondering if there are any other alternatives to the surgery or if it is a must. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated.


Post your own message on The Pet Arthritis Message Board now!

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This concludes the April Issue of The Pet Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on May 15th, 2005!

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