Tootsie was a 10 year old stray who came into our local shelter. I brought her home to foster her last year. She apparently had injuries to her back legs, could barely walk and was often holding one leg up. I started her on a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement but saw little progress. Three months later someone told be about Askariel products and I purchased the Amazing Arthrosoothe and started her on that. She made amazing progress. Within a month she was able to use the leg that previously she had not walked on. A couple months later she was able to go at a fast walk and a few more months and she could trot. Six months after starting the Amazing Arthrosoothe, she was actually able to run. Today you would never know that her back legs had been so bad. She has good muscle tone, runs, uses steps, and never has any more discomfort." Jean Ensor 2010
Veterinary-Approved Supplements for Arthritis and Joint Support in Dogs and Cats
Are you giving your cat or dog non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Rimadyl or Deramaxx? Is your pet showing signs of arthritis or joint pain such as slowing down, difficulty getting up or stiffness? Arthritis and joint pain in cats and dogs can be kept to a minimum using supplements, an anti-inflammatory diet and using holistic treatment such as acupuncture and chiropractic care. If your pet shows any of the symptoms of arthritis or joint pain, it is important to bring your pet to the veterinarian for a diagnoses. Your veterinarian will manipulate the limbs and assess your pet’s neurological response, joint mobility and areas of pain. XRAYS (and additional testing such as an ultrasound) may be necessary to determine the cause for your pet’s discomfort.
Nutritional supplements support the bones and joints, helping them withstand physical wear and tear due to aging. Regular use can help reduce pain as well as the need for pain medications. Waiting until your pet is already showing symptoms of discomfort can lead to disappointing results, as an early start helps ensure your pet develops healthy bones, joints and ligaments. Active big dogs especially, should be taking joint support from an early age.
If your pet is displaying symptoms of arthritis or joint pain, it is important to use supplements along with prescribed medications (as needed). Many times when a pet is uncomfortable, pet owners may resort only to medications. Medications treat the symptoms temporarily but using supplements on a consistent basis, can lead to healing and improvement in your pet’s overall mobility on a long-term basis.
The following signs can be symptoms of arthritis. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if your pet is displaying these symptoms:
- Difficulty or hesitation to sit down or get up
- Difficulty jumping up or reluctance to climb stairs
- Lameness in one or more limbs
- Stiffness in the morning that improves as the day progresses
- Subtle signs that the pet may not want to put weight on the limb
- Sensitivity when touched in certain areas