Let’s Rock This Joint! Joint problems – lots of dogs have them. Some are due to injury, some to genetic problems, some to old age, some to growth issues – doesn’t matter WHY, what matters is what we do about it. Vets are quick to prescribe drugs to kill pain, reduce inflammation, make our pet’s lives “better” – but there are alternatives that can be tried prior to drugs or even while using various drugs, safer alternatives. There are also ways to prevent the problems from happening at all which is key. With three to choose from there is a Liquid Health product that is perfect for your dog Prevention is the best policy by far. Diet is one of the keys to avoiding problems especially while dogs are growing. Good nutrition is so very important – commercial dog foods especially puppy foods, promote fast growth and often strain the tender joints of large breed puppies. Puppies fed a natural raw diet grow at a more natural rate – slow growth, less strain, stronger joints for life. Weight can also be a factor in joint problems. Fat puppies make for fat adults. Keeping your puppy lean can go a long way to making sure he has healthy joints. Keeping your adult dog at HIS optimal weight does the same. If you know that your dog has been diagnosed with poor hips, arthritis or if your dog suffers an injury that compromises his joints in some manner, making sure your dog is lean should be first on your agenda. Active dogs put plenty of stress on their joints sometimes resulting in injury or damage Supplementation can be your best friend when it comes to treating joint issues. Just like humans, dogs benefit from well known joint supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and hyaluronic acid. Glucosamine and chondroitin help to build, rebuild and maintain healthy joints. When cartilage is damaged through injury or age, the body can’t keep up with the need for excess glucosamine and chondroitin which is where supplementation comes in. Meanwhile, MSM is important because it helps the body utilize the glucosamine and chondroitin. Working in tandem these three substances can go a long way toward the making and maintenence of healthy joints and any supplement with glucosamine or chondroitin should indeed include MSM. Hyaluronic acid is a major lubricating agent in the joints. As your dog gets older, its production lessens. When used with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM, HA will keep the joints moving comfortably while the others do their jobs. The symmetry of these products often give you results that you wouldn’t see otherwise. While dogs do manufacture their own Vitamin C, the amount is small and they generally could use some extra help. Most people equate Vitamin C with immunity but in truth, while it is great for that purpose, Vitamin C also aids in joint health by helping to rebuild diseased or unhealthy joint tissue. Vitamin C can be incredibly important for growing puppies, active adults as well as aging individuals who need that extra boost. Vitamin C can go a long way in making sure your puppy grows up with strong healthy joints At A Place For Paws we offer a full line of joint supplements – supplements that we use on our own dogs. Cran-Tri-C is a palatable and easy way to make sure your dog or puppy gets the C it needs for optimal health and growth. Liquid Health offers three joint formulas, one of which is sure to be right for your dog. K9 Glucosamine is a basic joint supplement that includes glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM – a great general product. K9 Glucosamine with HA is a special formulation that is intended for sensitive dogs who may have allergies. The source of the glucosamine is vegetarian as is the entire product – contains no shellfish nor beef products. It also includes HA which will help to lubricate your dog’s joints making movement easier and pain free. Finally Level 5000 is the most complex and efficient of the three formulas. A concentrated formula for healthy joints with 5200mg of Glucosamine per ounce plus MSM, Perna and Shark Cartilage. Level 5000 also includes several powerful antioxidants such as Ester C and Grape Seed Extract, digestive enzymes as well as Cat’s Claw and Manganese to enhance its benefits. Use as a preventative or to treat current joint issues. This formula has shown amazing results for many pets. The fact that it is super concentrated means that you use LESS of it than the other two joint formulas. All of the Liquid Health products are, as the name says, liquids. This means quicker and more efficient absorption than capsules or powder. So help your dog the natural way and perhaps you won’t have to resort to medications and the side effects they bring with them.