May 24, 2011

The Battle Against Dog Arthritis

Filed under: Dog Nutrition — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 6:05 pm

Dog Stretching Out PawDogs are referred to as man’s best friend. A best friend is loved and taken care of. So when one sees their best friend in pain it can be an emotional time. Dogs, especially large breeds, are just as vulnerable as humans to arthritis. Dog joint pain is just as debilitating, chronically painful, and emotionally distressful as it is to a human being.

There is no official cure for arthritis in dogs, but there are many treatments that can reduce the pain and inflammation, tremendously improving the comfort and general happiness in their lives. For effective results, the following treatments for dog arthritis must be administered early in the stages of arthritis.

The most common factor of dog arthritis that can be effectively treated is the dogs weight level. An over weight dog is in far more jeopardy of getting arthritis than a dog at the proper weight. Weight loss relieves stress on the dogs joints. Weight loss allows the dogs body to more naturally work in sync with the rest of its body. The two best ways to achieve weight loss and a homeostasis of the dog is through diet and exercise. There are diets which are specifically designed for dogs with arthritis. Feeding natural food products is the best dietary method to elevate arthritis. Exercise is critical in the healing process and goes in hand with diet. It is best instituted by a dog physiotherapist who has medical knowledge to establish a safe and effective workout plan. The most common and easiest way of exercising your dog is to take it on walks and swims.

Pet Arthritis-Supplements for joint pain-factors for arthritis
For more effective results it is best to supplement the dogs diet with natural supplements and remedies. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and fatty acids are the most often administered as dog joint supplements. Natural anti-inflammatory such as guggul and ginger are trusted to effectively reduce chronic and acute swelling. Cayenne combats irritation and provides pain relief. Natural remedies are the best supplements to aid in the dogs recovery.

Giving the dog a massage also helps alleviate the pain of the dog’s joint. A massage equipped with heat will loosen the stiffness, increase flexibility, improve circulation, promote calmness and generate a general sense of wellness.

Depending on the severity of the arthritis, surgery may be an option. It is not necessarily the best method but is often looked upon as a last resort in slowing the progress of arthritis.

In dog joint pain relief natural methods of treatment are generally the best. Arthritis arrives slowly and the road to alleviating the pain is not easy. Love, along with the for mentioned treatments, are key in the recovery of the dog’s arthritis.

Facts About Pets

Filed under: Pet Health — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:43 am

Learn Pet FactsThere are many facts about pets that you may have thought to be true but they may not be! Whether it’s from your friend or a neighbor, you may never know if those facts are true. There are many outrageous beliefs that seem believable but turn out to be false. It is best to know not than wait for something bad to happen! Here are a few facts you may have not completely understood.

Understanding your dog’s nose – A warm nose does not mean your dog is sick. If your dog has a moist nose, it could be from recently drinking water. If your canine friend has a warm nose, it could be from having their nose in a warm area. If you’re looking for signs of illnesses in your dog, look for a change in appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea. If your dogs nose changes color or in texture then it’s time to see your veterinarian.

Neutering and spaying pets – Having your pet spayed or neutered will not make them gain a large amount of weight. When your pet is neutered, it slows down their metabolism which creates a greater risk of weight gain. With a proper diet and good food, this weight gain can be avoided. Also, there are no other changes with having pets neutered besides a slight decrease in energy in male dogs.

Dog years – Despite what many people think, one human year does not equal to seven dog years. All dogs age differently depending on their size and breed. Smaller breeds tend to have a longer life span than larger breeds. A dog that has the right diet and right life style can live for more years than expected. If you want to know how old your dog may be, look for a dog years chart for an approximate age.

Cats and milk – Although cats drinking milk seems natural, pets should not be drinking milk. Cats and dogs both do not have the ability to break down lactose correctly. Drinking milk can cause a pet to vomit and suffer from diarrhea. Most pets are attracted to moving water so if you want to keep your pet hydrated, let them drink from the tap or from a fountain.

Doggy kisses – Your canine friend may be showing you love but not in a way that you love. Mouth bacteria from a dog are fine and are typically not harmful but the tongue is a mystery as to where it had been and what is on it. Your dog has been outside sniffing the dirt, licking the grass, and other areas you want to avoid. It is possible for humans to suffer salmonella poisoning from a lick to the face from a dog. If you want to be on the safe side, brush your dog’s teeth regularly or give them dog dental treats to keep it clean of bacteria.

Cats always land on their feet – Despite what you have heard, sadly it is not true. Cats can land on their feet for short distances but keep an eye on where your cat jumps from otherwise it can be seriously injured.

Tails are complicated emotions – When your dog’s tail is wagging, it may not always be because they are happy. A wagging tail could mean anything from excitement to fear. When a dog’s tail is lowered, it may mean they are in a calm state. If their tail starts to go between their hind legs, it may be a sign that your dog is upset or afraid.

May 16, 2011

ty Dog Arthritis Supplements

Filed under: Dog Skin Problems — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 9:32 pm

Dog suffering from arthritisDog arthritis, a condition involving the inflammation of joints, impacts every part of your pet’s life. The most common type of arthritis affecting dogs is osteoarthritis. If your pet has arthritis, you will notice that your pet is not as happy or energetic as he/ she once was. Luckily, there are many treatments available that can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. There is, however, no cure.

Your dog’s vet will be able to determine the best course of treatment. However, there are other forms of dog arthritis support in addition to medical treatment. Dog arthritis supplements for example are very beneficial if incorporated into your dog’s daily diet. There are a large variety of supplements available for arthritis in dogs.

In many cases taking dog arthritis supplements is even more beneficial than taking prescription medication. Some prescription medication such as Prednisone are often used to lessen pain and inflammation. However, using them over a large period of time can cause negative effects. Supplements on the other hand can even help regenerate what was lost and are a great option in terms of canine arthritis support.

Other things can also be done to make your dog feel more comfortable and happy. Giving your pet a massage for example will make he/ she feel much more relaxed and also provide dog arthritis pain relief. Pet Arthritis-Supplements for joint pain-factors for arthritis In addition, vegetables high in Vitamin B, such as carrots and asparagus, are recommended for dogs suffering from arthritis. To serve, cut up the vegetables and add them to your pet’s dog food.

As dogs grow older, the probability of developing arthritis increases. This is because as they become older, joints begin to stiffen. Young dogs can also develop arthritis. The cause in this case is usually an injury of some sort. Overweight or obese dogs are at an even greater risk of suffering from arthritis in comparison to others. Their heavy weight puts extra pressure on the joints.

Natural methods don’t always work for everyone in terms of dog arthritis treatment. At times prescription medication does not give the desired effect. Surgery is usually used as a last resort in these cases. Other times it is not even possible. It is important that an owner notices the symptoms of dog arthritis so they can take their pet to a vet right away.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.