Arthritis in dogs is quite common and is defined as ‘joint inflammation’. Rheumatism is characterized by pain in the bones, joints, muscles, tendons or nerves.
It is often difficult to distinguish between the two problems because the bones, muscles, tendons and nerves are all liked via the joints.
Similarly it is very difficult to determine an exact cause of these problems and has been cited as a ‘multi-factorial’ disease arising from a number of problems including environmental and genetic factors. Autoimmune reaction in which antibodies develop against joint tissue has also been suggested but what actually triggers the reaction is not known.
Symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative joint disease:
- Pain and stiffness around joints
- Weak joints
- Inflammation and swelling
- Trauma & injuries
- Hip dysphasia
- Post-surgical recovery
The Importance of Diet.
Mineral imbalances have been quoted as being extremely influential with calcium status being recognized as a good indicator of mineralization in general.
Thus calcium inhibitors such as excess meat or protein, refined sugar and excess salt should be avoided, as should foods containing oxalic acid; rhubarb, cranberry, plum and beet greens.
Nightshade vegetables should also be avoided especially tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes.
Chemicals in the form of colors, flavors and preservative are also considered toxic and the resultant accumulation at the muscle/joints contributes to the problem.
As pointed out above, it can be difficult to determine the exact problem because of the relationship between muscles and joints.
It is now recognized that high protein and fat diets for puppies forces growth of the muscle mass beyond the capabilities of the bone structure leading to problems like hip dysphasia.
In adult dogs, the accumulation of toxic wastes at the joints leads to stiffness and eventually calcification restricting movement further.
Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that problems with the Gall Bladder will result in weakened limbs and stiffness. This in itself indicates that the digestive system, diet and arthritis/rheumatism are all interrelated.
Our own foods created to meet the dogs needs.
Robbies Brown Rice and Chicken or Brown Rice with Salmon formulas contain a range of quality carbohydrates, vegetables, proteins, fats and minerals. All contributing to health and vitality and at the same time allowing the internal organs to function in an efficient manner.
High quality ingredients result in smaller stools which in turn indicates ease of digestion and therefore lower levels of food are required.
Using Robbie’s, owners have reported a dramatic reduction in stiffness which we believe is the result of high quality, easily digested ingredients, thus less wastes in the system to cause stiffness.
The Complementary Approach.
Acupuncture and massage are excellent approaches to assist your pet in reducing pain associated with muscle and joint problems.
Massage is something you can do yourself but need to be careful about the amount of pressure you apply. Start gently and follow the lines of the muscle.
With herbs and herbal remedies, a combination of herbal formulations may be required. Dog Joint-Ease or Pet Joint Ease for actual bone and joints. Inflam-Ease for the inflammation. K9-Sure Super Green Food is a more general detoxifier and much needed nutritional product given the lack of Chlorophyll in today’s commercially, processed pet diets. View the details of each individual product in order to appreciate which approach is best suited to your pet.[End Block]
Please remember if you’re unsure about what to give your pet you can use our Pet Health Questionnaire and receive a sample from us.