PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the United States and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat. Pet owners can easily be overwhelmed by the variety of treatment options available to help alleviate their pet's symptoms. NationalPetPharmacy.com provides the following nutritional recommendations for managing joint disease in pets.
"Unfortunately, there is no single magic cure for arthritis and joint pain in pets," states Alex Molldrem, DVM. "The most effective treatment plan typically involves a combination of weight management, nutritional supplements, dietary changes, and prescription medications."
When pets are diagnosed with arthritis, there are several nutritional changes that can be made to help alleviate the symptoms. First and foremost is the pet's weight. Approximately 25 to 40 percent of adult dogs are overweight(1). With each and every step, the excess weight pets carry around is extra impact on their joints. This persistent impact steadily erodes away any remaining joint cartilage. Slow and steady non-impact exercise, such as swimming or walking, is ideal to burn off the extra calories without further degrading joint health. Exercise not only helps maintain heart, lung, and digestive health, but it also increases blood flow and oxygenation to the joints, ultimately helping to maintain joint health and lubrication. Low calorie vet diets can also help pets shed the extra pounds.