Treating Dog Joint Problems Proactively
Dr. Becker from the US, who is the most followed veterinarian in the world, is a proactive practitioner whose goal is to help clients help their canine companions avoid the need for invasive procedures to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. That’s why she typically recommends certain joint-protecting supplements and treatments starting at an early age, especially for his large-breed canine patients.
One of the most important steps in managing arthritis and degenerative joint disease in dogs is building and maintaining excellent muscle, tendon and ligament health, so exercise is a necessity. The type of exercise, intensity, frequency, and duration can all be tailored to the dog’s specific musculoskeletal issue. Therapeutic exercises can also be added to target and strengthen specific muscles or limbs.
Dr. Becker also recommends a balanced, species-appropriate diet, supplemented with joint supportive agents such as an eggshell membrane, glucosamine sulfate with MSM, and cetyl meristoleate. She discourages carbohydrates in the diet because they promote inflammation. Animals with musculoskeletal issues should eat a naturally anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce and control inflammation. Fresh, unprocessed foods provide unadulterated enzymes that are also beneficial for reducing inflammation.
In addition, she recommends physical therapies like regular at-home strengthening exercises, stretching, massage, routine chiropractic care, water therapy on an underwater treadmill or in a pool, laser therapy to control inflammation and pain, and acupuncture.
Doctor would also consider ubiquinol and other antioxidants; super green foods like spirulina and astaxanthin; vitamin C; natural anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, proteolytic enzymes and nutraceuticals; homeopathic remedies (Rhus Tox, Bryonia, and Arnica can be particularly helpful depending on your pet’s specific symptoms); and Acetyl-D- glucosamine injections. Cytokine
therapy and prolotherapy may also dramatically improve quality of life and assist in slowing degeneration.
By taking a proactive approach to preserving the integrity and function of your dog’s ligaments, tendons, and joints throughout life, you may be able to avoid the need for invasive procedures.
Supporting those all-important hip and knee joints should be a primary focus for every owner of a large breed dog. The physical therapies, combined with the right nutrition, supplementation, and
exercise can go a long way toward keeping your dog active, agile and pain-free for a lifetime.
But if your dog does have a case of arthritis or some other degenerative joint disease or soft tissue injury, Stem Cell Therapy can not only help to deal with your four-legged friend’s pain, but it might also stop the progression of the disease or condition, improving the quality of life of your fluffy friend and, thereby, improving yours as well. Contact us, if you are interested in Medrego Stem Cell Therapy for animal treatment.
Dr. Karen Shaw Becker is the most followed veterinarian in the world, and for good reason. Dr. Becker believes in a deliberate, common sense approach to creating and maintaining vibrant health for companion animals and an unconventional, integrative approach to addressing disease and re-establishing health in ill pets.