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Support your dog’s joints naturally
If you have a large breed dog, you are probably aware that joint conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia are more than probable for your dog. Breeds such as Bernese mountain dogs, St. Bernards, and most retrievers tend to be heavy set and active, a perfect formula for joint damage. However, there are some natural ways you can support healthy joints so your pooch continues to live an active, happy life.
While your veterinarian can prescribe pet drugs to treat the pain and inflammation that can result from arthritis, there are some natural remedies as well. One treatment to try is a natural steroidal saponin like Yucca Intensive. This product is made from purified yucca extract from the yucca plant, and can be used in place of other medications like Metacam. Steroidal saponins are nature's most powerful anti-inflammatory agent that has been proven to relieve conditions similarly to how prescription steroid drugs do. It is a good supplement to have handy since it also heals other issues such as itching and hot spots on dogs.
Another natural way to promote healthy joints is to give your dog joint supplements with chondroitin and glucosamine for dogs. These ingredients are naturally-occurring in the cartilage that cushions the joint, so giving your dog a supplement like Dasuquin or Super Joint Enhancer gives the cartilage an extra boost. Glucosamine works by increasing the production of molecules that bind and hold water in the cartilage.
There are other homeopathic pet products that promote healthy, pain-free joints, too. If your dog seems lame or is limping from joint pain, you might consider medication like HomeoPet Joint Stress, which is a blend of natural ingredients that combats stiffness and pain in dogs, particularly when they are older. Because this product is liquid, you can add a few drops into pet food or right into your dog's mouth.
The treats you feed your dog can positively affect joint health, too. Consider a variety like Greenies JointCare Dog Treats. Not only will these support joint health, they will fight tartar and plaque in your dog's mouth to prevent dental disease.