Osteoarthritis this Winter

Healthy joints allow your dog to run and play without pain. Joints involved in motion are surrounded by lubricating synovial fluid and the ends of the bone are covered in elastic articular cartilage. These joint structures allow bones to glide over each other as your dog moves.  When this gliding action is not flowing with ease, the cartilage may be degrading causing inflammation, leading to arthritis.

Many of us personally know how painful arthritis can be, it is also a painful joint condition for dogs and cats.

Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs in people and dogs as our joints age and inflammation begins.  Humans can feel this and seek help if needed, unfortunately, animals cannot.  It is up to pet parents to recognise the problem and work to help solve it.  When pet parents start seeing slow movement or joint stiffness in their animal, arthritis could be taking hold of their joints.  The good news is, just as arthritis is treatable in, it is also treatable in dogs. 

Science has been searching for something powerful to relieve arthritis pain in dogs, without the side effects of medication.  They found the powerful and healthy ingredient of Green Lipped Mussel (GLM) for dogs.  While this is not new for humans, it is for dogs.  GLM is a shellfish from the coast of New Zealand, they feed off phytoplankton, one of the richest sources of antioxidants.  Therefore, GLM has become a power food for humans and now dogs.  To take advantage of these rich nutrients, no part of the mussel should be wasted.  Whole mussels contain complex proteins, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin sulfate, nucleic acids, and essential fatty acids.

Studies have proven GLM’s health benefits of being one of the most effective anti-inflammatory joint supplements with significant improvement in joint pain and joint swelling within 6 weeks, after being added to a diet.

GLM helps to slow down painful arthritis in joints, by allowing the joints to stay more mobile as the pet ages.  GLM can be sourced through Glyde Mobility Chews.  This is a supplement given daily which combines the three key ingredients: GLM-anti-inflammatory, Glucosamine-reduces cartilage degradation & Chondroitin-helps rebuild cartilage. 

Many of our patients that are on regular osteoarthritis injections will find Glyde a great supplement support to help maintain mobility. 

Until December, when a 4-week course of osteo injections are given, owners can purchase one tub of Glyde and receive a free tub of the same size.