Federal Government (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) does not
mandate ingredients used in pet food be inspected. A handful
of states do impose that requirement on manufacturers but they
are the minority. So where does that leave you?
of the quality pet food manufacturers have taken it
upon themselves to inspect ingredients to ensure what they perceive
as high quality. Since inferior ingredients will leave
a pet with a weakened immune system, it is important for those
suffering from arthritis conditions be fed quality food. That
would lead you to the conclusion that if you want the best, you
have to buy the best.
quality food is an issue when dealing with arthritis in pets and
your budget is stretched to the limit, the first stop is usually
at one of those large discount warehouse stores. Usually, you
will find quality pet foods in bulk that dont break your
Raw Food Option
if you do not have financial considerations, a raw-food diet (or
one that is included in your regular feeding) is an excellent
choice. As we all know, dogs and cats who live in the wild eat
raw food on a regular basis. Including it in your feeding regimen
is a great idea.
Foods contain the vitamins and minerals that are necessary to
assist in building strong immune functions and managing osteoarthritis.
As well, raw foods are full of living enzymes that cooking normally
destroys. Lets look at this simple example of what we are
enzyme protease breaks down protein; amylase acts on starch and
lipase digests fats. These very substances also assist in preventing
arthritis. The bottom line is that good, solid nutrition supports
healthy joints and enzymes guarantee that joints receive sufficient
the guidelines for 1/3 quantities outlined above, it is very easy
to prepare some simple, inexpensive raw food meals that will help
to ensure that your pet maintains a healthy joint profile.