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For some time now, have you noticed that your animal is moving less and is much less eager to get up in the morning? “It’s normal, he’s getting older and he’s a little fat, maybe a little lazy!” This is often the thought of many cat or dog owners.

Inevitably, your pet aged but I doubt he became lazy, he who was so cheerful just a few months ago. It is the pain, very often caused by osteoarthritis and/or arthritis that causes its problems of locomotion. By defining some terms you will be as an owner, able to assess the probable causes of his pains:

Arthritis
It is an acute or chronic inflammation of the joints whose origin is rheumatic or infectious. It is a generally benign disease, but one that can be very disabling. It is most often triggered by the abnormal friction of the fibres of a tendon (composed mainly of collagen) abnormally stressed, on a bone or on a joint. Arthritis can occur as a result of trauma (fracture) infections or simple natural wear.


Osteoarthritis
Rheumatic degenerative disease, corresponding to the destruction of the cartilage of one or more joints and whose frequency increases with aging. Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis; it is said that it is formed “to wear.’ It is degenerative arthritis.

At the onset of these symptoms (lameness, sleep more often, difficulty getting up, the stairs do not think about it, hiking is increasingly shortened, a little aggressive, etc.) the veterinarian you will often advise in addition to anti-inflammatory drugs, glucosamine formulas and other similar products.

What can you find on the market to help your pet?

Collagen: It increases the vitality and flexibility of the joints. It also helps to maintain a healthy and beautiful hair.

Glucosamine HCL: It plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the cartilage of all joints. Glucosamine plays an effective role against osteoarthritis. “Glucosamine HCL” is 99% pure while “Glucosamine sulfate” is not pure, approximately 67% because it is mixed with potassium salt.

Chondroitin sulfate: It is a constituent of the basic substance of cartilage, bone and various other connective tissues. Chondroitin sulfate is naturally produced by the body. As glucosamine is considered to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and, beyond this symptomatic effect, help stop or slow down the course of this disease which results in degeneration of joint tissues.

MSM (Methyl-sulfonyl-methane): Allows a supply of sulfur in the food. It also reduces tissue inflammation, promotes circulation in joint tissues and activates healing of these tissues when damaged.

Cat Claw: The cat’s claw is a climbing plant that grows on the South American continent. The alkaloids and other constituents of the plant may be the factor having an anti-inflammatory action, helping to inhibit the multiplication of cancer cells. It is used successfully in all inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and rheumatism.

Devil Claw: The Devil’s Claw is a climbing plant and is native to Africa. In the West, it is used primarily to relieve arthritis pain.

Note: It is never too early or too late to start using a supplement to maintain good joint health. Dogs of large breeds can benefit from the benefits of these formulas from the age of 2 months, given in prevention 1 to 2 times a week.

 @ Raymond Racicot, veterinary doctor

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