Arthritis

We deal with problems like Arthritis frequently with numerous clients from all over the country. Our experience has helped us become one of the few places people can go for answers to help solve tough issues with their dogs and cats.

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Our Natural Arthritis Protocol

Recommendation #1- Provide Nutrients for Cartilage Repair

Our primary focus with arthritis involves providing nutrients to the cartilage, which is the shock absorber within the joint capsule. This is done to maintain the integrity of the cartilage, and thereby the health of the bone and joint tissue, and to help repair wear and tear that occurs due to overuse or injury.

Product Recommendation (choose one):

Elk Velvet Antler for Dogs and Cats

Glucosamine Sulfate for Dogs and Cats

Elk Velvet Antler with Glucosamine

Recommendation #2 - Reduce Inflammation

As a consequence of joint cartilage wear and tear, friction is created in the joint that results in inflammation. Inflammation not only causes pain and discomfort but also results in the formation of free radicals that further damage tissue and a host of other issues throughout the body.

Product Recommendation:

Systemic Enzymes for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #3 - Provide Whole Food Nutrients and Antioxidants

As we mentioned in #2 above, free radicals that can further damage joint cartilage are formed as a result of inflammation. In addition, these particles are also a primary cause of premature aging and disease. So, we want to provide your animal with high quality antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals to not only fight tissue damage at the joint but also throughout your dog or cat's entire body.

Product Recommendation:

Biopreparation Microalgae for Dogs and Cats

and/or one of the following:

Male Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats

Female Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #4 - Improve Digestion with Plant Enzymes and Probiotics

Digestion is a key factor to the health and longevity of our dogs and cats, so including an enzyme and probiotic supplement is very important. Providing enzymes helps to quickly and completely break down your animals food so they get all the nutrients they can out of their meals. Studies have shown that animals fed a processed pet food diet have pancreases four times the normal size. As the pancreas gets burned out, this leads to fewer and fewer enzymes being secreted by the body as your pet ages. In addition, incompletely broken down proteins can make their way into the blood stream causing many of the inflammatory conditions we see in our animals today like arthritis. Probiotics also play a role in proper digestion, but also a large part in the efficiency of the immune system and keeping the digestive tract balanced and healthy.

Product Recommendation:

Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #5 - Acidify the Gut for Optimum Digestion

Many animals we see are having problems with hypochloridia, or low stomach acid output. Feeding a kibble diet raises the alkalinity of your pet's stomach resulting in incomplete digestion, but dogs and cats can have problems properly digesting other foods as well. This contributes to many inflammatory issues in the body sush as irritable bowel issues, arthritis and allergies. In order to acidify the gut many people use apple cider vinegar. We prefer our Probiotic Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is rich in lactic acid that creates an optimal environment for digestion as opposed to acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.

Product recommendation:
Probiotic Digestive Tonic for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #6 - Supplement with Omega 3 Faty Acids

Inflammation causes pain and also leads to the creation of free radicals as mentioned earlier. Another way to counter this inflammation in your pet's body is with omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are anti-inflammatory as opposed to inflammatory omega 6's and 9's found in grains and factory farmed meat (used in most pet food). Fish oil is a good source of EPA & DHA omega 3 fatty acids, but it is important to choose your supplement wisely. Fish oil can be contaminated because of our oceans, so you should purchase a well known and highly respected brand, not just any brand for this particular item. Nordic Naturals produces the finest fish oil in its natural triglyceride form, which studies have shown is the preferred form of fish oil.

Product Recommendation:

Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #7 - Provide Additional Natural Pain Relief

If pain continues to be a problem either chronically or there are some bad days that occur with weather change or over-activity your dog or cat may benefit from some further help. There are certain herbs that provide additional anti-inflammatory and pain relieving results that may help to keep your pet away from more dangerous NSAIDs that have lots of potential side effects.

Product Recommendation:

Pain Relief Formula for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #8 - Provide a Healthy Diet

Diet plays an important role in your animal's long term health. Feeding a raw whole food diet is the biologically appropriate way to feed an animal. If you do not want to feed raw, or can't for some reason, then sticking as close to whole food as possible is always best. An animal that suffers with joint disease can really benefit from all the natural nutrition found in whole foods like ligaments and tendons rich in chondroitin, collagen and other nutrients.

View our recommendations here:

How to Feed Your Dog

How to Feed Your Cat

Don't Forget Weight Control and Exercise!

Excess weight puts extra strain on already deteriorating joints and can cause an increase in discomfort, a reduction in activity and acceleration in the disease process. Gentle exercise will benefit by helping with: weight maintenance, maintaining muscular integrity around the joint, stabilizing the joint and improving and maintaining overall conditioning.

If this all seems complicated, and you would like personal guidance dealing with arthritis for your dog or cat, we would be happy to help. Philip is a Master Herbalist who specializes in conditions such as this. He will provide you with a holistic protocol specifically for your animal. If you would like personal guidance please click here: Pet Health Consultation.