Dog Nutrition Guide | Nutrition for your Dog’s Hips and Joints
Though your older dog might still think they’re a puppy, osteoarthritis is unfortunately extremely common in ageing dogs. As they age and suffer stiffness, along with other aches and pains, mobility can be hindered. Thankfully, there are things we can do to reduce these symptoms and even slow the aging process. Let’s make your dog’s later years a truly golden era.
Osteoarthritis, the facts:
- A musculoskeletal disease common in dogs over the age of 7
- Occurs due to the wearing of cartilage, causing inflamed joints
- Breeds that are particularly prone to developing osteoarthritis: Great Danes, German Shepherds, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Mastiffs
What should we be feeding to help prevent this problem?
Certain foods can in fact reduce the damage that osteoarthritis can inflict upon our pup’s lovely limbs and joints, such as the fatty acids found in fish oils (EPA & DHA), glucosamine and chondroitin. The latter of these help to fix any damaged cartilage. They’re specifically found in extra-high quality foods such as the Purina range and are in abundance in our joint-specific food range.
A delectable balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and will reduce the size of swollen tender joints, easing pain and increasing mobility. All high-quality dog foods should contain these, but we’d specifically recommend the Royal Canin Veterinary range for a good strong supply.
Large breeds need extra care
As we know, larger breeds are more susceptible to osteoarthritis. It’s been proven that a balanced, nutritious and specifically tailored diet is the most important factor when it comes to your large breed puppy’s bone development and will prove crucial in their later years. That’s why it’s essential to feed the highest quality, specific diet, right from the beginning, such as Applaws Large Breed Puppy food.
It’s also important to watch your dog’s weight. The last thing a large breed dog needs is added strain on their hips and joints. Consult your vet and compose a winning weight-loss plan of action to get your big dog in great shape.
You can find our full range of joint support dog food, here.