Hip and joint support aren’t just for old dogs anymore. Most often we begin to think about hip and joint support supplements as our large breed dogs become seniors but you can start hip and joint support at any age.
Determine The Source Of Hip And Joint Issues
Before jumping into types of supplements, it is best to find out if there is an ailment that correlates with your pet’s behaviors. If your cat or dog is acting stiff and has a hard time getting around, you will need to determine if it is the hips or is there arthritis or both. Although these present similarly, there are different supplements to consider. Stiffness, lameness, looseness, decreased activity, decreased jumping, obesity, avoidance of stairs, and foot-dragging could all be signs that supportive measures are needed. Many times your veterinarian can give you a better idea of what is happening internally whether it’s hips, joints, or arthritis from x-rays and other diagnostic testing. Hip dysplasia can be very common with our canine friends. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the bones, degeneration of the joint, decrease in joint fluid, and or chronic joint inflammation. On the other hand, arthritis is a demineralization that happens over time along with chronic inflammation. In reality, your pet could have both and they may be difficult to distinguish.