Relieving Joint Pain with NuJoint
Just as with humans, inflammation and joint pain are common issues with dogs. While a number of remedies exist, such as medications, injections, and even surgeries, many owners wish to treat their pets in as natural a method as possible. With NuVet NuJoint DS K-9 Wafers and NuJoint Plus Wafers, natural relief is possible.
What causes joint pain in dogs?
There are a number of reasons why dogs may develop joint problems later in life. A main contributing factor is obesity, where an animal is at least 20% heavier than its ideal weight. The additional weight puts unnecessary stress on joints, especially when climbing steps or jumping on/off the couch, leading to degeneration of cartilage between knee, “elbow,” and hip joints. A second cause is genetics. Some breeds, especially German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, are prone to developing painful hip dysplasia. Finally, a third reason a dog may develop joint issues is simply due to old age or previous injury. Naturally, as dogs grow older their cartilage will deteriorate, especially if already predisposed due to injury such as a sprain, strain, or muscle tear.
What can owners do to relieve joint pain in their pets?
Since it is unfair to ask animals to stay off their feet in order to minimize pain and discomfort, the next best step is to either provide medication to relieve the pain, or provide a nutritional supplement. Since many pain relieving medications can cause side effects, such as nausea and diarrhea, a number of pet owners first prefer to try a more natural remedy through supplementation with proven vitamins, minerals, and herbs.
How do supplements fight joint pain and inflammation in dogs?
Supplements work in a number of ways to provide relief to dogs. Some ingredients such as fatty acids, proteins, and cartilage sources work to repair damaged tissues in the joints to provide additional support. Other ingredients, such as Vitamin C, are known to support a healthy immune system which fights the inflammation that exacerbates pain. Additionally, some ingredients act as natural pain relievers by improving mobility.
How can joint pain be prevented?
The best way to prevent joint pain is to feed a dog a high quality diet throughout its entire life while providing additional supplementation that is geared towards supporting joint health – especially if your dog is a breed that is prone to issues like arthritis or hip/elbow dysplasia.
NuJoint is available in two different strengths, DS (meaning double strength) and “plus”. While both formulations contain similar ingredients, the double strength variety has increased anti-inflammatory properties which are especially beneficial for a dog that is experiencing a reduced quality of life due to chronic pain. NuJoint contains four active ingredients that are known to benefit animals with degenerative issues: methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a source of sulfur that improves joint mobility while reducing inflammation; glucosamine, a protein that catalyzes the growth of new cartilage; chronditin, a joint lubricant; and Vitamin C, a necessary component for immune system support. With these products, animals experience quick relief and a better life!
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Joe Scarpy – Owner / Trainer
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