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Osteoarthritis and nutrition

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

As our pets age, they can develop osteoarthritis.  It’s also know as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis occurs when  cartilage wears away leaving bones to rub against each other creating lots of pain. Larger dogs with a pre-disposition for hip dysplasia, may be more prone to this condition.  The good news is that this condition can be prevented by giving your dog good nutrition starting while he is still a puppy.  Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet can benefit the immune system and inflammatory response. Portion control is also very important.  Feeding too much calcium and calories are known risk factors. Keeping your dog lean can minimize the development of this condition and alleviate stress on the joints if osteoarthritis is already present.

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