Get Out and Be Active!

Get out and be Active!  But be sure to watch for signs of discomfort in your pet.

Just like people, exercise helps to maintain muscle tone and preserves joint flexibility for dogs. But it is important to not overdo it. Pets can easily sustain injuries, especially in deep snow. Our pets sure love to please us and will run with us for miles without complaint. The last thing we want is for our pets to suffer.  Since we don’t speak the same language as dogs, it is important that you read their body language.Image

Pets demonstrate pain differently than humans and are seldom vocal unless the pain is severe. Therefore, it is important to note that even subtle changes in behaviour or movement may signal a problem.

Watch for the following signs:

1. Visible discomfort when lower hips are touched.
2. Irritability or aggression when touched in joint area.
3. A wobbling rear end.
4. Reluctance to walk or play.
5. Stiffness or lameness after rest and difficulty getting up..
6. Difficulty climbing or descending stairs.
7. Loss of appetite.
8. Yelping or whimpering.
9. Depressed or withdrawn.

Supplements containing glucosamine can be very helpful for dogs. Glucosamine is naturally present in animal bones and as a dietary supplement. It can help to promote new cartilage growth, relieve joint and muscle pain, and improve joint mobility. Glucosamine and chondroitin are most commonly used to treat osteoarthritis in aging dogs.

Fish oils are used to treat a wide range of issues from kidney disease and arthritis to high cholesterol.

MSM: Methyl sulfonyl-methane is an antioxidant, cell rejuvenator, and joint healer.

Remember, you can make a difference in the quality of your dog’s life and to help ease their pain and allow them to live comfortably.

Speak with the Healthy Pet Care Specialists at your neighbourhood Global Pet Foods store about a diet that can help to prevent unnecessary weight gain which adds stress to the joints.  If you`re a new pet parent, start a healthy routine with gentle exercise to get your dog`s joints moving and progressively increase their fitness level.

Try gently massaging your dog’s painful joints to help restore blood flow. Invest in a good orthopaedic bed for your dog; there are many shapes and styles to choose from. Just like us, dogs’ joints may become inflammed in damp or cold weather so a good bed will keep your dog warm, supports its bones, and help your furry friend get a good night’s sleep.

You will find the following recommended products at your neighbourhood Global Pet Foods store that will assist with your pet`s achy joints:

Flex All: Flex-All is a natural nutraceutical joint supplement for your dog in the form of biscuit formulated to help maintain and repair joints aiding in pain relief.

Omega Alpha Glucosapet: GlucosaPet works to maintain and strengthen ligaments and joints as your
pet ages. Perfect for senior dogs and cats or recovering pets.

Naturvet Arthrisoothe GOLD: This Veterinarian-formulated product aids in supporting healthy hip and joint function for dogs and cats. This supplement supports synovial fluid which aids in lubrication of the joints and helps to maintain cartilage and connective tissue.

Pet-Tek: Pet-Tek offers a wide array of products to assist in joint health. From mild to severe cases the supplement line acts as an anti-inflammatory and aids in reducing pain.

Sashas Blend: Sashas Blend is a natural joint supplement with anti-inflammatory properties. The supplement works by reducing pain and inflammation, cartilage breakdown, and also aids in gastro-intestinal protection.

Global Pet Foods philosophy is that caring for pets must include these four elements: Mind+Body+Soul+Spirit. By offering a unique and wide selection of wholesome pet food, accessories and supplies that encompasses these four elements, we hope to help pet parents make informed decisions for the total health and well-being of their companion pets.

Please visit your neighbourhood store to receive expert advice on how to care for your pet`s joints.  Exercise will help you and your pet live longer.  Let us help you find the right products that will benefit your pets.  To find a Global Pet Foods store near you, visit http://www.globalpetfoods.com/store-locations.

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