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When to Start Giving Cats & Dogs Joint Supplements?

Vet Talks 3 min read
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The appropriate time to start giving cats and dogs joint supplements can vary due to various factors, including age, breed, and existing mobility issues. However, one thing is certain. Joint health directly impacts a pet’s overall quality of life. So let’s understand how early detection and prevention can contribute significantly to avoiding or slowing the progression of joint problems in your little one.

Mobility Issues in Dogs and Cats

When your little one’s joints are healthy, they can enjoy activities they love, such as playing, running, and jumping. Normal mobility also helps cats and dogs maintain their independence, preventing them from struggling to do basic day-to-day things without help.

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On the other hand, issues with your pet’s joints or muscles can cause discomfort, pain, and reduced mobility. But why would our pets have joint issues? Like us humans, cats and dogs are at risk of a series of mobility problems, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, or even joint fracture due to an accident. These issues can really affect your furkiddo’s longevity and overall vitality.

The good news is that regular check-ups can help to detect joint issues early and address them ahead of time. To help your vet identify potential concerns beforehand, keep your eyes out for these possible signs of joint discomfort:

  • Limping
  • Acute pain to the touch
  • Difficulty jumping or playing
  • Reluctance for short walks

These are all apparent symptoms that point out a need for cats and dogs joint supplements, comprehensive guidance from the veterinarian, rehabilitation, or even surgical procedure, depending on the severity of the case. However, being proactive can help you prevent or delay these issues.

Proactive Cats and Dogs Joint Supplements

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Some breeds are known to be susceptible to joint issues. Larger dogs like German Shepherds and Labradors, for example, are prone to hip dysplasia. At the same time, animals with shorter legs, like Bulldogs and Dachshunds, are also more likely to develop mobility issues. In these cases, you may consider introducing joint supplements to their regimen as early as one year of age.

Senior cats and dogs are also at greater risk of experiencing degenerative joint issues. Many of them begin to show signs of mobility reduction and stiffness around the age of seven. We suggest introducing natural joint support no later than that age, even if you have yet to notice any of the symptoms.

Our main recommendation for natural joint support is NHV Old Timer. This herbal blend was vet-formulated to help alleviate arthritis, relieve joint discomfort, and can be used for proactive care.

Both NHV Yucca and NHV Turmeric offer great discomfort-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that make them ideal added support to joint and muscle problems.

Joint supplements should complement a comprehensive approach to joint health, which includes appropriate exercise, weight management, and diet changes. Some studies have indicated that adding omega-3-rich ingredients to your little one’s meal may help with symptoms of joint inflammation and discomfort. Our fish oil blend, NHV PetOmega 3, is an easy 100% natural alternative.

Got questions about our cats and dogs joint supplements? Just click the button below, and someone in our team of pet experts will be able to help! Please know that we are always here for you and your little one.

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara is a veterinarian from Brazil with a specialty in pet nutrition. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from the University of Uberaba. In 2010, Dr. Barbara received her Master’s of Science in Pet Nutrition from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has over 15 years of experience in research and development in the pet food industry. When Barbara isn’t helping pet parents, you can find her spending time with her family, including her senior dog, Caze.

Published: August 17, 2023

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