You’ve probably heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
This is a myth because you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! But if your dog is in pain, they may not want to learn these new tricks. Really you should be asking yourself: Why won’t my dog try and learn new tricks?
It may be the result of a joint disease called “osteoarthritis.” One in four dogs in the Unites States, not all of them old, suffers from some type of Arthritis. Osteoarthritis, or arthritis in dogs, is a degenerative joint disease and by far the most common.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints slowly breaks down, leading to pain, swelling, and decreased mobility.
The American College of Veterinary Surgeons says that with proper treatment, “many dogs can live comfortably for years following a diagnosis,” although osteoarthritis is progressive, getting worse over time. Finding the proper treatment that helps prevent and manage the joint pain is critical to the quality of life of your canine companion.
What Dogs Are Most at Risk?
Although this disease is seen especially in older dogs, any dog can develop osteoarthritis. The American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation reports that certain dogs are more likely to develop this condition.
Those predisposed include large and giant breeds, obese dogs, senior dogs, dogs that have suffered injuries such as fractures or ligament tears, dogs lacking proper nutrition, and those with congenital joint disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia.
Activity levels of some competitive sporting and working dogs can affect joint cartilage and risks for arthritis. Also, infections such as Lyme disease can cause the onset of arthritis, as can metabolic diseases such as diabetes and Cushing’s disease.
How to Recognize Osteoarthritis in Your Dog
Some dogs have shown signs of arthritis as early as when they’re one-year-old, and veterinarians report that as many as 80 percent of senior dogs display symptoms. Your dog may be developing osteoarthritis, according to Dr. Jerry Klein, AKC’s chief veterinary officer, if you observe any of these signs:
- Stiffness, lameness, or limping after lying down.
- Reluctance to walk up stairs, run, jump, or play.
- Changes in appetite.
- Sudden irritability when touched or petted.
- Loss of muscle mass in the rear limbs
- Difficulty with urinating or sudden accidents in the house.
When you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to take your dog to the veterinarian for a full checkup. The vet will conduct a physical exam, talk to you about what you’ve observed, and may request additional tests to investigate any affected joints.
Treatments for Osteoarthritis in Dogs
If arthritis is diagnosed, the vet will recommend a plan to manage the condition and minimize pain, depending on the dog’s age and the severity of the disease. For dogs that may be predisposed to arthritis, veterinarians may suggest starting preventative treatment at an early age to protect young joints and treat them ongoing as a dog ages.
Similar to treatments in humans, management plans for dogs may include trying several different therapies simultaneously: joint supplements, weight management, activity modification, low-impact exercise, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), physiotherapy, massage and acupuncture, and sometimes surgery.
Joint supplements, such as Parnell’s GlydeTM Mobility Chews, are one of the most common long-term, safe treatments recommended to help reduce inflammation and pain, improve function, and slow progression of joint damage and arthritis. Supplements for humans and dogs commonly include glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as green lipped mussel (GLM).
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound used to alleviate pain and stiffness by suppressing inflammation in the arthritic joint, inhibiting cartilage degradation, and boosting the repair of damaged cartilage. Unlike NSAIDS, glucosamine has proven safe for long-term use, so a joint supplement containing glucosamine can be helpful as an early intervention for dogs predisposed to osteoarthritis, as well as a treatment for dogs suffering from progressive joint damage. Glyde contains 600mg of glucosamine to reduce cartilage deterioration.
Chondroitin sulfate is another natural substance aimed at stimulating cartilage repair and is often used in conjunction with glucosamine. Chondroitin reduces pain, improves joint function and mobility, and reduces arthritis progression. Chondroitin sulfate can be obtained from many sources, such as fish, pigs, cattle, birds, and sharks. Glyde contains 300mg of chondroitin to help rebuild cartilage.
Green Lipped Mussel (GLM)
An extract derived from green lipped mussels, native to New Zealand, is another proven joint supplement ingredient for humans and dogs. GLM contains beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which have natural anti-inflammatory and joint-protecting properties. Studies have shown that combined with glucosamine and chondroitin, it can help decrease pain and preserve joint function. Glyde contains 760mg of GLM per chew to reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Joint Supplements: What to Look For
When you look for a joint supplement for your dog that contains the joint health building blocks of glucosamine, chondroitin, and GLM, it’s important to focus on:
Many products use the ingredients of glucosamine and chondroitin, but Glyde Mobility Chews include scientifically proven levels that have the best chance of relieving joint pain and maintaining healthy joints. They even use the whole green lipped mussel to take full advantage of its rich nutrients. Glyde Mobility Chews contain naturally sourced quality, gluten-free ingredients; no artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers; and refrain from harvesting chondroitin from unsustainable sources such as sharks.
2. Manufacturing and product requirements
Glyde is manufactured to the highest pharmaceutical quality standards in-house by Parnell in their own FDA accredited pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Sydney, Australia under full compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices dictated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. Glyde’s ingredients are combined with a cold-formation process that preserves the natural benefits and efficacy of the ingredients.
Glyde Mobility Chews break out the dosing by narrow weight bands to make sure dogs receive the correct amount of nutrients for their specific needs when taken every single day. The chews come in a heart-shaped size, making it easier to cut or break in two.
4. Taste and smell
Most dogs will not only readily eat the Glyde chews but come running for their daily dose because they taste and smell like a treat, not like medicine.
Protecting your dog’s joints with the right supplement is an ongoing, daily commitment that will help ensure a good quality of life, while you enjoy that irreplaceable companionship in life’s adventures that your dog provides. Glyde Mobility Chews can help protect your dog’s joints and prevent and manage joint pain – and may even allow you to teach your old dog some new tricks.
Parnell’s Glyde Mobility Chews are a joint supplement with strong scientific backing, containing the unique combination of green-lipped mussel, glucosamine, and chondroitin to promote healthy joints. Glyde Mobility Chews are the only joint supplement with proven levels of these key ingredients to help maintain youthful mobility throughout your dog’s life.