Arthritis is a progressive disease in dog, as well as humans, and cannot be reversed.
However, actions can be taken to help reduce the pain of the condition and help your dog live a more comfortable life.
One of the supplement’s that has proven helpful is omega 3 fatty acids. These are the types of fatty acids found in salmon and halibut. Since it’s hard to get enough of these in diet, they are also sold in capsule form. You can give these to your dog by cutting the capsules in half and adding drops to your dog’s food. Ask your vet about how much of the supplement to give your dog and how often.
Be sure your purchase omega 3 fatty acid supplements that are mercury free.
The fatty acid supplements helps to reduce the inflammation in the joints. This will lessen the pain.
Some commercial dog foods now contain omega 3 fatty acids as their fat source. A recent study was done by the Veterinarian Department of the University of Montreal. They gave one group of dogs food that contained omega 3 fatty acids and another group dog food with a different source of fat. The test was conducted over a thirteen week period. The dogs that ate the food with omega 3 fatty acids showed an improvement in their gait and activity scores. Dogs served the other dog food did not.
Omega 3 fatty acids can improve your pet’s health in other ways including:
Boost immune system
Healthier skin and coat
As with any supplement, do not add to your dog’s diet without first consulting with your dog’s vet. This is especially true if your dog is currently taking prescribed medication for his arthritis.
Many pet owners are adding this supplement to their dog’s diet as way to possibly prevent or slow the onset of arthritis.