Easily Manage Your Dog’s Arthritis and Joint Pain with Darwin’s Natural Dog Food
Effectively managing your dog’s arthritis and joint pain requires a comprehensive treatment plan to decrease his inflammation and prevent further damage to his joints. For food, many of the world’s canine nutrition experts turn to a raw diet. For arthritis and joint pain, the right raw diet takes into account your dog’s special needs: maintenance of a healthy weight, all-natural ingredients, no fillers, reduction of inflammation, and the right balance of nutrients.
If your dog is suffering from joint and mobility issues, the right pet food can help. Just as people turn to good nutrition for holistic healing, species-appropriate raw dog food can go a long way toward easing certain health conditions in your dog. Darwin’s raw meals feature fresh meat and vegetables that are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Because our raw food doesn’t contain grains, refined carbs, and high-starch ingredients, your dog is better able to maintain a healthy weight and less likely to suffer from inflammation.
If your dog’s arthritis is severe, ask your veterinarian about Darwin’s prescription diets. Our Intelligent Design Canine Joint and Mobility Support (JMS) diet is high in protein to support your dog’s musculoskeletal structure. The special formula is designed to better maintain cartilage, decrease inflammation, and provide vital antioxidants. The prescription meals feature ingredients specifically chosen to ease symptoms: for example, turkey necks to nourish joints bovine trachea and green-lipped mussels to provide natural glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates and high-quality sardine oil for an Omega-3 boost. With the right food and proper care, you can help your beloved pet regain the spring in their step.
Joint Pain Relief for Dogs
Fortunately, no dog has to suffer with chronic pain. Science has given us a whole host of options to lessen the pain associated with joint problems in dogs. If your dog has been diagnosed with joint pain, one of the best things you can do for him is make sure he is at a healthy weight. Obesity is a big problem in dogs, and the excessive load it places on your dog's joints exacerbates the signs of arthritis. An overweight dog hurts a lot more than a thin dog.
Weight loss alone can significantly reduce the signs associated with joint pain in many dogs. Ask your veterinarian if your dog should lose weight, and then work with your vet to design a weight loss plan if needed. If you have already started a weight loss program but you aren't getting anywhere, ask your vet about switching to a prescription food for weight loss.
Joint pain can also be controlled by the use of anti-inflammatory medication, such as carprofen, meloxicam, deracoxib, galliprant and other prescription pain medication. These medications are available via prescription only through your vet. You should never give your dog human pain pills or arthritis medication, or attempt to dose him yourself.
Symptoms of arthritis in dogs include:
- Stiffness (especially after rest or after walks)
- Narrowing of the hips and back end (weak muscles in the back legs)
- Slowing down on walks
- Being quiet, grumpy or sleeping more
- Low energy (lethargy)
- Saliva stained fur around painful joints
- Reluctance to jump or climb stairs
- Enlarged or swollen joints.