Joint care for puppies

The first step in keeping your dog active

Many pet owners think that it’s only older dogs that need support for their joints and are unaware that puppies can also benefit from joint supplementation. It’s reported that four out of five older dogs have a joint disease, such as osteoarthritis. However, the condition can develop from an early age following problems with bone and joint development.

As arthritis is a degenerative disease and there is no cure, giving your puppy the best possible start to life is crucial to try and avoid the problems that reduce mobility and cause stiff joints. Maintaining your dog’s optimum joint health is key and supporting their joint structure as they grow can also help to maintain their quality of life.

It’s a delight to see young puppies play fighting and gambolling around in the garden, park or in the house. In fact, this ‘play’ is an important part of your pet’s development both mentally and personality wise, in terms of strengthening and developing bones and other body tissues to be fit for purpose.

A joint supplement for your puppy can aid optimum joint health during in these early days and during play. Key ingredients, such as Chondroitin combined with Glucosamine can help to give your puppy extra joint protection. They are also an important building block for cartilage and support joint structure.

Consider using a natural joint supplement for your puppy, like nutraquin, which supports joint structure, helps to maintain your puppy’s optimum joint health and improves mobility and flexibility. The product contains 100% active ingredients without any bulking agents or fillers, so you know exactly what you are giving to your puppy.

To help support your puppy in their early years, there are positive things you can do, which include:

Diet

Feed your puppy a good quality diet and ensure your puppy maintains a good weight for their breed and size. Excess weight can put pressure on their joints. Your vet will be able to recommend the best diet for your pet’s needs.

Exercise

Don’t over exercise your puppy. Although it may be tempting as they have lots of energy, too much exercise can damage their joints. According to The Kennel Club, puppies should get five minutes of exercise per month of age, up to twice daily. For example, 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, or 20 minutes when four months old.

Short walks

Long walks or runs should be avoided in the early stages. Mild exercise regimes, together with a balanced healthy diet are all part of a sensible and responsible way to care for your new puppy.

Prevent jumping

Avoid encouraging your new pet to jump up at you on their hind legs as this can put uneven stress on both hind and front legs at a young age. Make sure members of the family are aware not to over exercise or play too boisterously with your puppy.

Natural supplements

A natural supplement that contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin can help to maintain healthy joint function in your puppy.

Speak to your vet

Your vet will be able to assess how your pet interreacts with you as an owner, or as a family so they can give you the appropriate, contextual, advice on joint health. Regular vet visits will ensure your pet’s condition can be monitored frequently.

If you are concerned about your pet’s joint health you should consult your vet, as they are best placed to offer the best advice to ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet.

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