Cat & Dog Arthritis and Joint Pain Supplements
We love our pets and want to see them happy, active and playful. It's hard to see our pets slowing down, having difficulty getting up or no longer going to their favorite spot because it is too hard to climb the stairs. When we take our pets to the veterinarian, they are most often prescribed pain or anti-inflammatory medications, which can provide temporary relief but have many risks for long-term use, such as kidney or liver damage. But there is another safer option! Using holistic pet supplements can help our pets feel better, relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Holistic supplements for pets can help rebuild and repair the joints and ligaments, increasing your pet's mobility for the long term.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs & Cats
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
The following conditions are just a few of the many causes of joint or muscle pain and lameness:
- Genetic conditions (e.g. hip dysplasia, osteochondritis)
- Immune mediated e.g. (cancer)
- Ligament tear (especially in the knee)
- Deferred pain from an organ (e.g. kidneys)
As you can see, there may be a lot more than just “old age” contributing to your dog or cat’s pain and it is important to understand the causes so that proper treatment can be determined. Also, many young pets may show signs of limping or discomfort which could be due to any of the above factors...in other words, a dog or cat does not have to be “old” to suffer from joint or muscle pain. Depending upon the test results, your veterinarian will advise you on the best course of action. Sometimes surgical repair is the best option. But getting your dog or cat started on arthritis & joint supplements early will help give your pet basic support and certainly won't interfere with other medications. It is a good line of defense to start with and many times, can bring about miraculous improvement!
Listed below are common arthritis and joint health problems that can affect dogs and cats. If you scroll down, you can click on these time-tested pet supplements and view testimonials from real pet owners whose pets experienced great relief from arthritis, torn ligaments, hip and elbow dysplasia and joint pain. Ask Ariel's innovative joint support supplements have been recommended by veterinarians since 2005. You too can put the spring back in your pet's step and help your cat or dog have a happy, active lifestyle again!
Common Arthritis, Hip & Joint Conditions
CCL Tear - The most common knee injury in dogs is a torn or ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL – similar to the ACL in humans. This ligament connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the front of the tibia (the bone below the knee) and is always load-bearing. The most common signs include: sudden pain of the hind limb, swelling of the knee, instability of the knee or hind limb weakness. Natural supplements can help to rebuild and repair the ligaments, increasing your pet’s mobility and decreasing the risk of reinjury.
"Legend is our 10 1/2 year old rescued husky. We got Legend when he was about a year old and noticed that he had difficulty sitting down on hard surfaces and when he did sit down, his legs and paws would go slightly outward, not straight forward like other dogs. He seemed happy and playful but couldn't keep up with other dogs that were much older than he was. When Legend was around 2 years old, we discovered the severity of his condition. Legend loved to go to doggie day care but one day when we brought him home, he became very quiet. The next day, he could hardly get up. We found out that Legend had severe congenital hip dysplasia and were told that he would need to be on medication for the rest of his life. We gave Legend Metacam at first, but started him right away on Special SAMe based on our veterinarian's recommendation. We learned about the benefits of collagen and added the Ultraflex as well as the Joint Support Kit. We also started him on chiropractic adjustments and cold laser. Within about a month, Legend was back to his old self. Over the years, we have consistently used the supplements and recently added CW Hemp Extract for Dogs anti-inflammatory drops. This year, we started Legend on a physical therapy program and you can see how much fun he is having! We are so grateful that a holistic approach has helped him and we have not had to use any pain or anti-inflammatory medications in years." - The Davis Family, CA
Best Supplements for CCL Tears - Ultra-Flex Collagen, Curcumin For Pets, Amazing Omegas, CW Hemp Extract for Dogs
Arthritis & Joint Support - As your dog or cat ages, mobility can start to be impacted as the joints become less flexible. Arthritis in dogs and cats is the inflammation and degeneration of the cartilage and joints. The most common area of joint pain is at the hips, but pets can also suffer joint pain in their shoulders, knees, elbows and even the spine. Natural supplements for arthritis can help to restore flexibility, healthy joint function and cartilage.
Best Supplements for Arthritis and Joint Support - Arthritis and Joint Support Kit, Special SAMe and CW Hemp Extract for Dogs are our go-to joint support supplements for dogs.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia - Dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip or elbow socket. The bone does not fit into the socket properly, so it can result in pain, inflammation and irritation from the rubbing. This condition can occur at any age, but it is more common in older dogs and related to the aging process. Causes of hip dysplasia are primarily congenital. It is commonly found in larger-breed dogs such as German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, English bulldogs, and golden retrievers. Elbow dysplasia is characterized by front-leg lameness or a swollen elbow that sticks outward. Rottweilers are one of the most common breeds affected by elbow dysplasia. Both hip and elbow dysplasia can be hard to diagnose, with many cases not being found until after the disease has progressed in adulthood. Some dogs may be a candidate for surgery, depending on their age and the actual defect, but many can be managed quite well with a holistic protocol.
Best Supplements for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia - Special SAMe, Arthritis and Joint Support Kit, CW Hemp Extract for Dogs, Ultra-Flex Collagen
Alternative Arthritis Treatments for Pets
Just like us, your pet has aches and pains and can feel uncomfortable and stiff getting up and down. We don't want our pets to feel uncomfortable, so we tend to rush to use medications such as NSAIDS and painkillers such as Rimadyl or Tramadol. For short-term relief for immediate discomfort, medications may be helpful but using these medications on a long-term, frequent basis is not in the best interest of your pet. These medications can not only sedate pets and cause digestive upset, but they can affect liver and kidney function. You can use these medications sparingly but by helping to support your pet's joints and skeletal tissue using natural joint support supplements, an anti-inflammatory diet and holistic treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractic care, you can help relieve long-term pain and the need for using these pet pain medications on a daily basis. Our supplements are recommended by veterinarians and have been proven to help reduce pain and discomfort, promote healing and repair and improve mobility.
Natural Joint Supplements for Dog and Cat
Arthritis Treatment and Pain Relief
ArthroSoothe for Pets - ArthroSoothe is the most comprehensive arthritis, hip and joint supplement available for dogs. It contains 15 ingredients that are scientifically proven to promote joint repair, increase mobility and reduce joint degeneration. It’s a natural, holistic remedy for dogs who are limping, have joint stiffness or have difficulty getting up/down stairs due to old age, arthritis or hip and joint dysplasia. ArthroSoothe is also essential for young, active dogs as a preventative.
Curcumin Complex for Pets - A scientifically proven, natural anti-inflammatory pet supplement containing a patented combination of three curcuminoids acting as free-radical scavengers. Curcumin reduces inflammation, helps relieve pain and improves mobility. Great for cats and dogs.
Amazing Omegas for Pets - The highest-quality purified fish oil available for pets. It is a powerhouse of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) for joint support. Amazing Omegas is a highly purified fish oil made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in its natural state. Packed in glass bottles to prevent any chemicals from plastic leaching into the oil. Naturally processed, highly bioavailable, with all toxins and heavy metals carefully removed. Compare the nutrient panel of this premium pet fish oil to all other brands and see the difference.
Arthritis & Joint Support Kit – Includes three supplements to treat arthritis and joint pain with maximum effectiveness at a discounted price. For dog arthritis, natural remedies like these promote joint repair, reduce inflammation and increase mobility.
Ultra-Flex Collagen for Pets – A natural “whole-food” supplement that strengthens cartilage, rebuilds connective tissue and supports joint health. Contains food-sourced ingredients and enzymes. Excellent choice for pets that are allergic to glucosamine or that are picky about herbal formulas. Great for cats and small dogs.
Special SAMe – Special SAMe is scientifically proven to help arthritis, but it also has the added benefit of providing liver support. If you are giving your pet arthritis or pain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (i.e. Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramax), Special SAMe is a must, as it helps relieve pain and control the toxic effects of the medications. Many clients report that they were able to reduce the need for NSAIDs because of the benefits achieved from using Special SAMe.
Special SAMe is recommended by veterinarians for arthritis and joint pain treatment. It promotes cellular growth repair and helps to protect the cartilage in the joints. We have seen dogs with hip dysplasia and chronic joint pain improve with Special SAMe when other supplements did not help.
CW Hemp Extract For Dogs - 100% organic. Made in the USA. This easy-to-use oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory for cats and dogs. Reduces pain and promotes a sense of calm. Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com for more details about this exceptional special-order arthritis pain treatment.
Cat Arthritis SupplementsJoint & Mobility Support
Is your cat getting creaky and stiff? About 90% of cats over age 12 suffer from arthritis. Many owners don't know because cats hide their pain. Cats with arthritis don't show signs of joint discomfort like dogs; they display behavioral changes such as reduced mobility (reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs), reduced activity (sleeping more. avoiding play, hiding), changes in mood (may be more aggressive, irritable, anxious/restless, cry when touched) and changes in hygiene (may not be ale to groom themselves or have trouble using the litter box). A sedentary lifestyle and obesity are huge factors in feline arthritis.
Often it is difficult to diagnosis feline arthritis by a physical exam, because cats can show signs of being irritable, aggressive, or not wanting to be touched even when arthritis is not present. The best way to diagnosis arthritis is to x-ray the joints. Unfortunately, this sometimes requires sedation to get the correct position to accurately diagnose, which must weigh into your decision process.
If your cat has arthritis, here are a few things you can do to help her feel better:
- Give her a cozy blanket or cat bed.
- When she’s relaxed and at ease, give her a gentle massage.
- Groom the areas of her body that may be hard for her to reach.
- Make sure she has easy, direct access to the litter box and her food and water bowls.
- Consider acupuncture as some holistic veterinarians offer this.
What Can I Give My Cat for Arthritis Pain and Treatment?
Ultra-Flex Collagen for Pets – A natural “whole-food” supplement that strengthens cartilage, rebuilds connective tissue and supports joint health. Contains food-sourced ingredients and enzymes. The key ingredient is NEM® brand eggshell membrane, a food source of glucosamine and chondroitin. It contains key bioactive proteins such as collagen, which have been shown to support joint comfort and flexibility. Excellent choice for pets that are allergic to glucosamine or that are picky about herbal formulas. Backed by research. Relieves joint pain and discomfort, strengthens and repairs. Tasteless powder provides allows for an easy once-a-day administration. Great for cats and small dogs.
Curcumin Complex for Pets - A scientifically proven, natural anti-inflammatory pet supplement containing a patented combination of three curcuminoids acting as free-radical scavengers. Curcumin reduces inflammation, helps relieve pain and improves mobility and flexibility. Great for cats and dogs.
Hemp Extract For Pets - 100% organic. Made in the USA. This easy-to-use oil is an excellent anti-inflammatory for cats and dogs. Reduces pain and promotes a sense of calm. Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com for more details about this exceptional special-order arthritis pain treatment.
Diet for Dogs and Cats With Arthritis, Joint & Muscle Pain
Many times, pets with joint and muscle pain are overweight. The excess weight will hasten the development of arthritis by increasing the pressure on the joints. Work with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist to ensure the amount of food you are feeding is appropriate and that your pet is at a healthy weight. Change your pet’s diet to a hypoallergenic, grain-free food as this will reduce overall inflammation. Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist offered holistic consultations in conjunction with veterinarians at VCA hospitals for over 10 years. Her diet and supplement protocol for dogs and cats with arthritis has been recommended by veterinarians nationwide. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food and treats you are feeding your pet along with any health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet tips for pets with arthritis and mobility issues on the packing slip that comes with your order.
We understand how hard it is when your pet is suffering from arthritis, hip and joint pain and other mobility issues, and we will do all we can to help. It can be confusing when trying to understand which cat and dog supplements would be appropriate for your pet. Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com. Please note that we cannot provide consultative advice due to veterinary regulations, but we will be happy to provide articles and information so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your pet.