Arthritis and bone disease are very common in dogs and usually take one of several types. These include hip dysplasia, dislocation of the kneecap, arthritis of the elbow, swelling and pain in the leg bones, and degeneration of the shoulder joint. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip sockets that allow excessive movement in the joint.
This condition causes chronic inflammation and calcium deposits. Dislocation of the kneecap is a malformation of the leg bones which causes the kneecap to continually pull out of its place and slip back and forth, creating a low-grade inflammation. Arthritis of the elbow is a hereditary condition caused by improper bone formation. Swelling and pain in the leg bones is caused by insufficient production of vitamin C, which results in poor nutrition and heredity. Degeneration of the shoulder joint is the breakdown of cartilage in the shoulder causing inflammation and pain when moving. These conditions are mostly hereditary and could be prevented if the female dog were fed properly throughout her pregnancy.
The period of growth inside the uterus is most vital in terms of the formation of structure and essential tissues. Proper nutrition is a must during this stage. Try not to give your dog commercial foods and only feed natural and wholesome meals and snacks.
Giving your dog vitamin C on a regular basis also decreases or prevents some of these conditions from developing. Supply your dog with 250 to 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day, depending on the age and size of your dog. For example, a small Chihuahua puppy should get a dose of 250 milligrams per day and a large Doberman would get a dose of 500 milligrams per day. Prevention is vital in order to prevent the development of these conditions. However, if any of the condition already exists, there are several things that you can do to decrease your dog's pain and discomfort.
The first step to proper treatment is to feed your dog with natural diet as much as possible. Include vitamin C per day, using between 500 to 2,000 milligrams depending on the size of the dog. Divide the daily amount and give it to your dog twice per day. Other vitamins and supplements that are important are combinations of vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Also include raw grated vegetables in your dog's diet, particularly celery, carrots, and beets. In addition to providing your dog with good nutrition, you can also use natural treatments such as homeopathic and herbal remedies.
These include glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin and MSM. Consult with a vet specializing in natural health care to determine which one best fits your dog's situation.
Gene Sower is the publisher of the DOG BYTES newsletter and owner of http://www.naturalpetsworld.com, a site devoted to offering a huge selection of natural pet foods at discount prices.