Orthopaedic conditions such as hip or elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament damage, and arthritis can affect the quality of a pet’s life considerably. As a result, many owners are keen on providing the best joint care to minimise the impact of orthopaedic problems in dogs and cats for as long as possible.
Feeding pets natural, balanced diets from an early age can help them maintain a healthy weight, provide orthopaedic support, and reduce the risk of future discomfort. For advice please get in touch.
The importance of cat & dog joint care
Orthopaedic issues are those that relate to the joints, muscles, and bones. Treatment can include:
• Weight loss • Dietary changes • A new exercise regime • Medication • Physiotherapy • Laser therapy • Hydrotherapy • In severe cases, surgery
While genetics play a role, good joint care can help significantly reduce the likelihood of specific orthopaedic problems in dogs and cats occurring.
Exercise and nutrition form a vital part of any joint care plan for dogs and cats. The delivery of adequate nutrition during growth helps ensure your pet receives the correct mineral ratios and calorie levels in meals, both of which are crucial for healthy body weight and the development of healthy bones.
If you manage your pet’s weight and feed a balanced diet from the earliest point possible, you improve their chances of enjoying strong, robust joints and a high level of mobility as they age
Symptoms of orthopaedic problems in dogs & cats
The symptoms displayed by a pet suffering from orthopaedic issues will vary depending on the underlying condition. These can include:
• Limping • Trouble getting up, lying down, or sitting • Difficulty manoeuvring slippery surfaces, stairs, and heights • Stiffness • Reluctance to exercise • Abnormal gait • Swollen joints • A negative change in temperament
If you’re at all concerned your pet has an orthopaedic condition, it’s best to consult your vet.
Natural food for energetic, healthy pets
Although certain breeds are at higher risk of developing orthopaedic issues, the right diet and exercise plan can have an incredible preventative impact. In some cases, a natural diet can reduce the need for prescription food and greatly ease your pet’s discomfort.
There’s no reason joint care shouldn’t start in kittenhood and puppyhood. By opting for a natural whole food diet instead of processed pet food, you can ensure your pet’s meals deliver optimal nutrition, and combat orthopaedic problems in dogs and cats.
Whole foods are packed with the ideal ratios of minerals such as calcium, and nutrients such as omega-3 and glucosamine, which encourage the development of healthy bones and aid in the maintenance of joint health throughout your pet’s life.
The link between obesity and orthopaedic problems in dogs and cats is well known. Diets that are high in cereals and sugar cause dogs and cats to crave larger portions of food to feel full – this can lead to overweight, lethargic pets.
Transitioning to a fresh, natural diet of high-quality protein and veggies makes for a more satisfied and energised pet. Best of all, balanced meals help dogs and cats maintain a healthy weight and keep active, reducing the risk of stiff, overtaxed joints.
Keeping the spark alive with Hug
As pets get older, it’s easy to attribute inactivity and weight gain to age. However, time and again, pet parents have seen what a transformative effect a healthy diet and exercise can have. Hug’s whole food recipes can help your pet regain their youthful energy and enthusiasm.