One of the biggest joys of dog ownership is enjoying exercise time with your best friend. More importantly, the health and happiness of your dog depends on their ability to have pain-free mobility. Arthritis can be a life-long, painful debilitating condition in dogs, which interferes with their quality of life and welfare on a daily basis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in dogs. It affects one in five of all adult dogs, so although it is more common in older animals, it is not just the old dogs who are at risk. Osteoarthritis can develop secondary to ligament problems, incorrect conformation (eg. hip or elbow dysplasia) or obesity. However, often there is no known underlying cause.
Signs of Osteoarthritis in Dogs
The signs to look out for in your dog are limping; stiffness; reluctance to exercise as normal; difficulty getting up steps or into the car; an altered way of walking (‘bunny hopping’ is often described); scuffed claws; licking a limb or joint excessively; and changes in behaviour. If you see any of these signs in your dog or are concerned about joint problems for any other reason, it is important that you take your dog in to see your vet.
Management of Osteoarthritis
The management of osteoarthritis in dogs should keep them as comfortable as possible for as long as possible, without any adverse side effects. Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative condition, therefore ongoing veterinary care is needed to ensure the correct management is used at all stages.
The usual methods of management include dietary changes, exercise management and joint supplements. Anti-inflammatory drugs are also often used, though many vets and dog owners prefer to keep their use to a minimum so as to avoid the potential side effects that they may cause.
The supplement market is unregulated, meaning that quality control is a widespread issue. It is a shocking statistic that six out of ten high street joint supplements do not contain what they say they do. Therefore, it is important to use a product you can trust.
Synoquin EFA is a tried, tested and trusted supplement for joint support in dogs. It is manufactured in a privately owned, pharmaceutical grade factory in the UK.
Synoquin EFA contains a unique combination of ingredients, including glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulphate, which provide the building blocks for healthy cartilage. Synoquin EFA also contains omega 3 essential fatty acids, which are well-known for their ability to provide support for dogs’ joints.
Because of its tasty tablet or capsule formulation and the three sizes (small, medium or large breed), it could not be easier to give Synoquin EFA to your dog!
Synoquin EFA is the first choice of joint support for thousands of vets in the UK as well as in over 30 countries worldwide. Ask your vet about how Synoquin EFA could help your dog to stay happy and mobile for many years to come.