Joint Problems


  • Reluctance to rise or move
  • Swollen joints, which can be warm to the touch and tender
  • Joints that hurt when touched, moved, or palpated
  • Visible joint deformities
  • A lack of interest in play or physical activity
  • An inability to jump onto familiar beds, sofas, car seats, or the back of an SUV
  • Increased inactivity or sleep
  • Weight gain from inactivity or weight loss from lack of appetite
  • Depression or lack of interest Intermittent lameness or a limp
  • A three-legged or “hopping” four-legged gait
  • Stiffness after rest or after vigorous exercise
  • An unusual or abnormal stance when walking
  • Exaggerated hind leg movement
  • Dragging the back feet
  • Common Causes: 

    -Age, particularly middle-age to senior dogs
    -Repetitive stress from athletic activities such as agility, fly ball, or dock diving
    -Injuries such as fractures or ligament tears
    -Infections that affect the joints, such as Lyme Disease
    -Improper nutrition
    -Poor conformation

    Preventative Measures:

    Incorporation of Omega 3 in the diet of your dog can reduce inflammation in the body which in turn will reduce the pain caused due to joint problems. Omega 3 is found in abundance in fish and hemp seed oils.
    Golden paste is considered to have multiple healing properties, including reducing inflammation. Adding it to your dog’s is not only recommended for joint problems, but also for overall wellness.
    Alfalfa also provides significant relief for dogs with arthritis. Daily supplementation offers long-term pain relief.

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