If your dog has been diagnosed with Arthritis or Joint Disease, don’t sweat too much about it. There are things we can do as pet owners to help relieve their pain. By changing their diet you will not only help them lose weight, but help them keep pressure off their joints. You will also provide their joints proper nutrition for a pain free lifestyle.
You should always consult with your vet if you are going to feed your dog a homemade meal. They will be able to help give recommendations and proper quantities.
Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants that help combat against inflammation. They are also great for other health conditions such as cancer. They contain silicon that helps strengthen bones and connective tissue in the joints. Blueberries are also a great source of Vitamin-C and help with the inflammation of the joints.
However, please note that over consumption of blueberries can lead to health problems. Dogs tend to wolf down their food and may choke on blueberries if inhaled greatly. Your dog may be allergic to blueberries. They can also make their stomach upset if not handled properly. Feed them moderately and you’ll be fine.
2) CBD Oil
Unknown to many pet owners, CBD oil has started to become a popular way to treat your dog. CBD Oil is extracted from hemp plants. This extraction is a compound called Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD Oil contains strong anti-inflammatory and provides many health benefits. Benefits such as, anti-anxiety, pain relief, decrease blood pressure, and de-stresses them.
Some veterinarians will not recommend CBD oil due to preference or lack of history. However, out of the studies that have been done so far, all show signs of better quality of life improvements.
3) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that help lubricate the connective joint tissues. It is full of fatty acids and helps combat against bacterial and fungal infections. If used as a supplement to their daily meals, you will notice a boost of energy. This can be helpful alongside exercising to fight off obesity and keep muscle.
Coconut oil has also been shown to help improve dogs digestive tracts and nutrition absorption. However, just like everything, moderation is key when adding it to your dogs diet.
4) Eggshell Membrane
Eggshell membranes have been found to contain high amounts of collagen, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and glucosamine. All of these help lubricate the connective tissues in their joints. Some companies have even made supplements that include eggshell membrane. You can grind up eggshell into a fine powder and mix it in with their food. It will add as an extra treat at meal time.
Always use organic or farm fresh eggs. Most commercial eggs contain chemicals that can be harmful for your dog. Eggs also can be a healthy supplement for your dogs health. They are full of nutrients and help with many health conditions. Most raw feeders say the health benefits of raw eggs outweigh the risks.
5) Fish Oil
Similar to coconut oil, fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids. These help fight against inflammation and increase mobility. It will also help keep your dogs fur coat and skin healthy. The only potential downside is to overfeed your dog fish oil. Fish oil contains high amounts of fat and could lead to unwanted weight gain. However, certain fish can be harmful due to their vitamin content levels. An example is cod liver oil.
Fish oil also helps the body fight against kidney disease, cardiovascular system, neurological health, and cognitive function. Consult with your veterinarian if you are concerned with how much you should give your dog.
Ginger is closely related to Turmeric and has similar health benefits. It helps combat Arthritis and Joint Disease by preventing inflammation and damage to the joints connective tissues. Ginger can also reduce the pain in your dogs joints.
Ginger can be crushed and sprinkled on their food or added into a treat. However, never feed your dog more than a teaspoon of ginger. This can cause your dog to have digestive problems such as gas, heartburn, or become nauseous. Like everything else we’ve mentioned so far, keep the ginger consumption in moderation and you’ll be fine.
7) Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate are compounds that are made in the body naturally. However, with age and weight gain, sometimes they need a bit of help. They contain strong amino acids and sugars that help lubricate joints and shock absorption for stronger and healthier cartilage. These compunds have also been shown to protect joint tissue from breaking down and repairing it.
8) Green Lipped mussels
Although a more uncommon and readily available option, Green Lipped mussels have been shown to contain high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids. This means they are similar to fish oil and will help promote fur coat, skin, and lubricate joints. The only downside to mussels are allergic reactions. If your dog is allergic to shellfish, do not feed them mussels.
You can either feed them raw, steamed, grind into a powder, or serve them frozen. We would suggest steaming and breaking them down. Then mix it in with their food bowel. You can also combine other ingredients such as turmeric to their food.
9) Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps combat against inflammation. They also contain compounds such as amino acids that help build muscle. This can greatly help improve fatiguing and new muscle growth. Amino acids also boost antioxidant levels in the body. This helps cells fight against damage that help many health conditions.
Sweet potatoes also don’t contain a compound called dilated canine cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM can be dangerous to dogs if consumed and are found in regular potatoes, legumes, peas, and lentils. Sweet potatoes provide the same health benefits to dogs as they do for humans.
It has been shown that Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that help combat pain and joint mobility. Turmeric contains circumin which has been shown to slow cell damage due to it’s powerful antioxidant properties. Circumin has also been shown to contain enzymes that fight against swelling and pain. Turmeric can be mixed in with your dogs meal like any other powdered supplement.
Things to consider
By introducing these types of foods into your dogs diet, you will help ease their pain and slowly get them back into a healthier lifestyle. When you’re first starting out on this journey, it’s best to forgo exercising. When their weight and signs of pain have gone down, start to reintroduce it. A simple walk, keep it short at first, can help them. Don’t force them or overexert your dog. Let their body language show if they can or can’t go
Also, before making any changes to your dogs diet and exercise routine, consult with your local veterinarian. They will be able to better inform you and come up with a diet and exercise plan for them. Since it’s more hands on, they will also be able to make recommendations and provide medicine in extreme cases.
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