Cat And Dog Arthritis
Hip & 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. Did you know that you can treat your cat or dog's hip&joint problems at home? 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
Causes Of Hip & Joint 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 and joint supplements early will help give your pet basic support and can often reduce the need for 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.
Best Supplements for CCL Tears - Ultra-Flex Collagen, Curcumin For Pets, Amazing Omegas, Happy Paws Organic 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 Happy Paws Organic 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, Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract for Dogs, Ultra-Flex Collagen
Dogs with Arthritis In Spine - Spinal arthritis is very common in older dogs. It can cause an overall stiffness that affects mobility. Older dogs with spine arthritis may also have spondylosis (bone spurs) or intervertebral disk disease (IVDD). The cartilage and discs in the spine break down as part of the normal aging process. With spondylosis deformans, your dog's body forms bone spurs or osteophytes in an attempt to stabilize the weakened joints in the spine. There is no inflammation with the condition, but the bone spurs can put pressure on the spinal nerves causing intense pain. Spondylosis occurs in older dogs and is most common in large breed dogs, such as Boxers and German Shepherds. Degenerative IVDD is a progressive condition where the cushioning “shock absorber” discs between the vertebrae in the spinal column rupture or degenerate. This can cause pain, and loss of mobility. Several research studies show that resveratrol has considerable potential for the repair and regeneration of intervertebral discs.
Best Supplements for Spinal Arthritis Conditions - Resveratrol For Dogs, Ultra-Flex Collagen, Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract for Dogs, Arthritis and Joint Support Kit, Special SAMe
Dog Swollen Joints - Dog arthritis is a general inflammation of the joints that can cause pain, stiffness and decreased mobility. Osteoarthritis does not usually cause visible external swelling to the joints. If your dog has a swollen joint, it may be a sign of an injury. Acute swelling in one area is from a buildup of fluid in the joint space. It is important to have your dog examined by their veterinarian to determine the cause of a dog swollen joint.
Best Supplements for Dog Swollen Joints - Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract for Dogs, Arthritis and Joint Support Kit
"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 Happy Paws Organic 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
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 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 including: glucosamine, MSM, New Zealand green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus), NAC, collagen, CMO, curcumin, hyaluronic acid and more, 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 or down the stairs due to old age, arthritis or hip and joint dysplasia. ArthroSoothe is also essential for young, active dogs as a preventative. All ingredients are third-party tested for purity and efficacy, making this one of the best natural joint supplements for dogs. Made in the USA.
Curcumin Complex for Pets - A scientifically proven, holistic anti-inflammatory for dogs that contains a patented combination of three curcuminoids: curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin and demethoxycurcumin. These are the strongest, most protective and best-researched constituents of the herb turmeric that act as powerful free-radical scavengers. Curcumin is helpful in reducing inflammation, whether acute or chronic, caused by physical injury, joint wear and tear (as in osteoarthritis) and inflammatory conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia. Helps to relieve pain and improve mobility. Curcumin Complex for Pets is especially bioavailable (pets can get the most benefit) because of the added emulsifier, sunflower lecithin, to improve absorption. This is why Curcumin Complex for Pets is more beneficial for pets than just sprinkling turmeric spice on your dog's food.
Amazing Omegas for Pets - The highest-quality purified fish oil available for pets. It is a powerhouse of omega-3 (EFA) nutrients. Omega-3 essential fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties that are therapeutic for arthritis and joint pain. 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 our three best-selling supplements to treat arthritis and hip&joint pain with maximum effectiveness. The Dog Arthritis & Joint Support Kit includes ArthroSoothe For Pets, Curcumin Complex For Pets and Amazing Omegas at a discounted price. These three dog joint pain supplements work together to promote joint repair, reduce inflammation and increase mobility. This comprehensive package is veterinarian recommended for arthritis, hip dysplasia and luxating patella. Also a great value for young, active dogs as preventative joint support vitamins.
Ultra-Flex Collagen for Pets – A natural “whole-food” supplement that strengthens cartilage, rebuilds connective tissue and supports joint health. Collagen is the "cellular glue" that is found in the bones, muscles, skin, tendons, and digestive tract of your pet. As pets age, natural collagen production declines and can lead to decreased elasticity and stability in the joints, muscles and connective tissue. Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets contains NEM® brand eggshell membrane - a safe, all-natural whole-food source containing three varieties of collagen, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) such as chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and enzymes, which support joints and connective tissue. It contains key enzymes for enhanced absorption and bioavailability. Excellent choice for pets that are allergic to glucosamine or that are picky about herbal formulas. Great for 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.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract For Dogs - An organic anti-inflammatory for dogs. These liquid drops help decrease pain and inflammation. Animal studies have suggested that hemp extract exhibits pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no adverse health effects from the use of hemp extract. Professional veterinary strength. Each 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. 100% organic. Made in the USA.
Resveratrol for Dogs – Natural antioxidant supplement that supports cartilage, disc and joint health. Resveratrol helps to reduce inflammation and relieve joint pain by preventing cartilage deterioration. This natural supplement may help reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Especially helpful for dogs with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) as reseveratrol shows considerable potential for the repair and regeneration of intervertebral discs. Resveratrol for Dogs also has neuroprotective and energizing properties, making this supplement an excellent choice for senior dogs.
Natural Cat Arthritis Supplements
Hip & Joint 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 able 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 diagnose 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:
What Can I Give My Cat for Arthritis Pain and Treatment?
- 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.
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.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract For Pets - These easy-to-use drops are an excellent anti-inflammatory for cats. Animal studies have suggested that hemp extract exhibits pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. This arthritis pain treatment helps to promote a sense of calm. Professional veterinary strength. Each 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. 100% organic. Made in the USA.
Diet For Dogs And Cats With Arthritis, Hip & Joint 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.
How can I treat my cat’s arthritis naturally?
There are many natural remedies available that can support healthy joints in cats and help to ease the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Ultra-Flex Collagen is a natural whole food supplement that strengthens cartilage, rebuilds connective tissue and supports joint health. It is a food source of glucosamine and chondroitin. This natural remedy is backed by scientific research and is a tasteless powder that makes it easy to administer.
What is a natural anti inflammatory for cats and dogs?
Curcumin is a scientifically proven natural anti-inflammatory supplement for cats and dogs. A blend of three curcuminoids which are the strongest and most protective parts of the turmeric herb can reduce inflammation, help relieve arthritis pain and improve mobility. Curcumin absorbs best when taken with fats, especially Omega 3 fatty acids such as Amazing Omegas. Fish oil contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are helpful for arthritis. Supplementing with natural omega 3s and natural pain relievers such as curcumin may reduce the amount and frequency of non- steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) your pet needs.
Should you walk a dog with arthritis?
Keeping your dog moving is essential to maintain mobility and prevent stiffness. As your dog ages, he may not be as excited for walks or be able to go as far, but walking a dog with arthritis is important for both his physical and mental health. Short and steady walks are best. If your dog is able, going up and down hills can be a great exercise and work different muscles.
What is the best joint supplement for dogs?
The best joint supplement for dogs should contain a comprehensive blend of minerals, vitamins and herbal nutraceuticals. Just using glucosamine for dogs is not nearly as effective. ArthroSoothe For Dogs contains over 15 scientifically proven ingredients to promote joint repair, increase mobility and reduce joint degeneration. These natural ingredients include Glucosamine sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Glycomarine (green-lipped mussel), N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC), Boswellia, Turmeric, Cetyl myristoleate, Hyaluronic acid, Resveratrol, Collagen II, Vitamin B3, Zinc, Selenium, Copper and Manganese. ArthroSoothe is the most comprehensive joint supplement for dogs. It is helpful for dogs with arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, joint pain, stiffness, osteosarcoma or bone disorders, dogs taking NSAIDs or pain medications, and as a preventative for young active dogs.
What is the best remedy for arthritis in dogs?
The best remedy for arthritis in dogs will help to restore flexibility and maintain healthy joint function and cartilage. Arthritis is caused by inflammation and degeneration in the cartilage and joints. Natural anti-inflammatories like curcumin, MSM, boswellia, turmeric can help to reduce pain and inflammation without the potential side effects of prescription NSAIDs or pain medications. Glucosamine sulfate, hyaluronic acid, collagen and resveratrol, all included in this hip and joint supplement for dogs, are scientifically proven to help with the repair of cartilage and connective tissue. By helping to support your dog’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 dog 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.