Doggy Aches and Pains in Old Age: Osteoarthritis

Diet and Nutrition Omega Fatty Acids

Many people think that dogs, when they reach an older age, just naturally start moving more slowly and experiencing the aches and pains of old age. However, this isn't and shouldn't be a foregone conclusion, as much of the time these aches and pains are a result of a very specific condition - osteoarthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation in the U.S. reports that this condition affects one in five adult dogs, and is caused when the cartilage around joints slowly decays, leaving the dog with decreased mobility and painful movement.

While the best medicine is always preventative medicine, which in this case would be a lifetime of exercise and weight control, another massive tool in the fight against osteoarthritis is a balanced diet of omega-3 fatty acids. So what are the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on dog osteoarthritis?

A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that omega-3 fatty acids not only help increase the mobility of dogs already suffering from the effects of osteoarthritis, but also reduce the amount of pain medication needed for dogs with the condition.

In applicable terms, this study showed that dogs with osteoarthritis had an increased ability to play, get up comfortably from naps, and showed an increased limb strength after being fed a diet including omega-3 fatty acids. The reduction of pain medication needed to treat a dog's pain also means a reduction in the chance of negative side affects or complications of pain medication.

In conclusion, the results are in and research unequivocally shows that this compound is extremely effective in helping your osteoarthritis-stricken furry friend regain their strength and reduce their pain. So, if you have a four-legged family member that suffers from osteoarthritis, consider adding omega-3 fatty acids to their diet. A simple dietary change can mean the world in terms of your dog's quality of life!

If you'd like more information on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids or how to add this supplement to your dog's diet, please don't hesitate to contact us! Keeping your furry friend healthy and happy is our priority.

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