Most common signs of joint pain in dogs - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Joint pain can occur in dogs of all breeds and ages. It can impact your dog's quality of life and is more likely to develop in older dogs. There are two types of joint issues in dogs; either developmental or degenerative...

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Developmental joint issues are generally a genetic issue, which can cause your dog's joints to develop incorrectly. The two of the most common being elbow and hip dysplasia. Some breeds are more likely to develop this. 

Degenerative joint issues are more likely to be caused by the wearing down of cartilage or injury to the tendons and ligaments. Osteoarthritis is an example. 

Symptoms of joint pain;

  • Overall slowing down
  • Uneven wearing of nails – ie affected leg has longer nails
  • Lack of muscle tone/muscle bulk in affected leg.
  • Limping or lameness
  • Difficulty sitting, standing, or lying down
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability or signs of depression
  • Frequent slipping or tripping while moving about
  • Licking, chewing or biting the affected area

Owners don’t always notice mild lameness but these can be signs that are present that can be either noticed or palpated with regards to the muscle bulk/tone.

Another sign might be that the dog is intolerant or snappy towards younger active dogs or boisterous dogs or small children that may inadvertently bump into the dog which can either make physical contact with the affected area OR cause the dog to move quickly thereby causing pain in the affected area.

What type of supplements can help?

Glucosamine HCL
Glucosamine can readily be found in the body and is a component of cartilage, connective tissue and joints.

Green lipped mussels
Green lipped mussels contain chondroitin sulphate (a glycosaminoglycan) and can help protect cartilage tissue from damage.

Hemp Meal
Hemp meal contains essential amino and fatty acids and is a good source of energy. It is a super food that can ease joint pain and inflammation, support cardiovascular health, improve the condition of the coat, and act as a digestive aid.

Kelp Meal
Kelp is used to strengthen and promote the glands. It is a terrific hormone regulator. It contains over 30 essential minerals and vitamins. Kelp is one of the highest sources of minerals and vitamins.

Linseed Meal
Linseed is specific nourishment for strength and elasticity of ligaments and attachment points and is a whole feed source of Omega 3 and 6 and Linoleic acids. 

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM is a form of organic sulphur. It assist in the production of amino acids in the body, which promote the development of 28 important proteins in the musculoskeletal system.

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McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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