8:41 11 June 2010

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a household term, heard and repeated frequently especially if you have an aging pet or family member.  But what is it exactly?  Arthritis is a deterioration or structural change in a joint in a body caused by age or injury to a human or animal.  It can also be caused by calcium deposits, scar tissue, cartilage tears and dissolution, or contour changes to the bones at the joint surfaces from long term abnormal forces being applied. 

As pet owners it is imparative to be aware of any changes in your pet’s behavior that he/she may be in pain.  Onces these abnormalities are present in your pet, and he/she has been diagnosed with arthritis, the structural changes will remain present and will continue to affect your loved one no matter what supplements you provide or what changes you make in the nutritional intake.  Arthritis supplements like Glucosamine and Chondroitin, Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, Selenium, and MSM all assist in decreasing inflammation and the body’s ability to repair and strengthen tissues, but they cannot reverse the structural changes that have already occurred.   The best you can expect in arthritis supplements is a decrease in pain sensation and improved resistance to further joint tissue breakdown.   Some can rejuvenate or improve some soft tissues.  If you suspect your pet may be in pain, don’t wait to consult a professional – it could save a lot of further joint or structural damage.  You can help your pet to have a healthy, active, productive life.  A perfect way to memorialize your companion is to have a Personalized Pet Memorial made in his/her honor.

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