An estimated 20% of dogs over age 1 have osteoarthritis. While larger, older dogs are more likely to have hip or joint problems, all breeds and sizes can develop these problems.
Fortunately, there are proactive ways to help your furry friend age better. Read on to learn about how hip and joint dog treats help your dog retain that youthful, puppy health well into advanced years.
What is Dog Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that results in pain and stiffness in joints. Degenerative means it gets worse over time. Just like in humans, osteoarthritis results in:
- Joint pain
- Decreased mobility
- Decreased activity
- Mood changes
- Decreased quality of life
This decline can affect the canine-human relationship, where your favorite fur baby doesn’t feel like themselves, doesn’t feel like playing, and might not enjoy time together the same way.
Generally, osteoarthritis is treated with the same kind of anti-inflammatory medicines given to humans, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). But these medications have side effects too, such as damage to the digestive system.
For these reasons, humans and pups alike are being treated with alternative therapies, like CBD, glucosamine, and chondroitin.
Can Treats Be for Health?
Glucosamine, especially when combined with chondroitin, has also been used to help humans with joint problems or deterioration.
Glucosamine naturally occurs in the body, but it can also be taken as a supplement. While its exact function is not fully understood, glucosamine seems to help with healthy cartilage. Cartilage is the rubbery tissue at joints which protects bones.
Chondroitin also occurs naturally in the body and helps protect animal tissue, especially connective tissue.
Connective tissues do not have as much blood flow as muscles, so it can be difficult to get nutrients directly to these areas where it is sorely needed. Taking a supplement of these naturally occurring substances can help boost the volume of these key nutrients available in the body.
For dogs, supplements said to help with joint health generally contain both glucosamine and chondroitin, to help maximize protective benefits for our fur friends. These hip and joint dog treats and supplements may help:
- Naturally alleviate joint pain
- Improve ease of movement and range of motion
- Assist with recovery after surgery, particularly join surgery
- Aid recoveries after injury, such as spinal disc injury or hip dysplasia
- Enhance performance in active or hunting breeds
If you are thinking, “Can I just give my dog human glucosamine and chondroitin?” know that it’s not a good idea. Human supplements often have ingredients which are not safe for animals, such as xylitol as a sweetener. They are also not dosed correctly for dogs.
If you use hip and joint dog treats on the regular, instead of waiting for your doggy to get older or injured, you may have even better outcomes–protecting joints from degeneration is easier than correcting the damage that has already been done.
Why Include Hemp in Hip and Joint Treats for Dogs?
At Bad Dog CBD we enhance the effectiveness of our treats by also including CBD in our natural hip and joint treats for dogs.
Why include CBD?
In recent studies, CBD oil has been used successfully for the treatment of joint pain and arthritis in dogs, among other conditions. Like glucosamine and chondroitin, CBD may protect soft tissue and joints from getting damaged in the first place. However, CBD appears to also be even more effective at alleviating symptoms of osteoarthritis.
CBD can help treat pain, anxiety, digestive distress, allergies, and many other common doggy ailments.
Combined with the other key hip and joint ingredients, a CBD-infused hip and joint dog treat have the best chance of both preventing and reversing damage and pain in joints and connective tissues.
Your dog will also love the great flavor of our totally natural, GMO-free, heart-shaped treats!