Dog Osteoarthritis Specialist Kokomo IN

Osteoarthritis is so common in pets, dogs especially, that you would think it’s an inevitable, natural part of aging. It isn’t. The earlier in the condition you begin treatment the better your pet’s chance of reaping the benefits of two powerhouse nutrients—glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate—that together maintain cartilage structure and prevent damage.

Greentown Animal Hospital
(765) 889-2908
59 N 950 E
Greentown, IN
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Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Equine Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

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(765) 452-6051
1605 E North St
Kokomo, IN

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(765) 453-1207
409 Arnold Ct
Kokomo, IN

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(765) 883-5516
9804 E State Road 26
Russiaville, IN

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(574) 967-4341
2145 E State Road 18
Flora, IN

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(765) 452-6051
1605 E North St
Kokomo, IN

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(765) 453-4700
3400 S Dixon Rd
Kokomo, IN

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(765) 883-5516
9804 E State Road 26
Russiaville, IN

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(765) 628-7834
59 N 950 E
Greentown, IN

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VCA West 86th St. Animal Hospital
(317) 426-8969
4030 West 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN
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Monday 24 Hours
Tuesday 24 Hours
Wednesday 24 Hours
Thursday 24 Hours
Friday 24 Hours
Saturday 24 Hours
Sunday 24 Hours
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Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

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Creature Comforts—RX-Osteoarthritis

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By Victoria L. Freeman,PhD

Osteoarthritis
(degeneration of joint cartilage resulting in pain and loss of mobility) is so common in pets, dogs especially, that you would think it’s an inevitable, natural part of aging. It isn’t. To preserve the cartilage cushion between bones, a well-balanced, wholesome diet is the first line of defense. “And don’t forget the importance of proper weight control, massage [to enhance circulation], and regular exercise,” says holistic veterinarian Susan Wynn, DVM. “But if these bases are covered and your companion animal still has trouble climbing stairs, jumping up on the sofa, or arising from or getting into a resting position, it’s time to consider supplements,” explains Wynn, who is executive director of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association and vice president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

The earlier in the condition you begin treatment the better your pet’s chance of reaping the benefits of two powerhouse nutrients—glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate—that together maintain cartilage structure and prevent damage. Other supplements Wynn suggests include antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, the mineral selenium, fish-oil–derived omega-3 fatty acids (for their anti-inflammatory activity)—and proteolytic enzymes (to reduce inflammation and support cartilage repair by enhancing protein digestion and absorption). Anti-inflammatory herbs such as meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) or ginger (Zingiber officinale) may also offer relief. “Combining several ingredients with different mechanisms of action maximizes potential synergistic effects,” Wynn notes, “but even so, benefits may not show up for a couple of weeks, so be patient.” Start with suggested label dosages, but check with an experienced veterinarian to ensure the proper amounts for your pet.

A note of caution: Herbs and nutraceuticals may have side effects, and because the science in that area is still emerging, Wynn says it’s a good idea to monitor blood work every six to 12 months when animals are on any chronic medication—even supplements.

Merchandise bearing the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) seal is manufactured by companies screened by the NASC, and you can find NASC supplier members by visiting http://www.nasc.com . cc/primary_supplier_list.htm or calling 760.751.3360. Consult a holistic veterinarian for questions about specific products, though, because the animal supplement industry is still young and even products that don’t yet carry the NASC seal may be effective.

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