Save Your Dog From Joint Pain with A Simple Solution – Hydration
Dehydration can cause joint pain because of the lubricating effect it has on the joints. It’s estimated that 70 – 80% of joint cartilage consists of water. Synovial fluid is the thick lubrication located between the joints, giving our pets a cushion so the bones don’t come in contact. This fluid is located in the joints throughout their body: hips, knees, feet, shoulders, and paws.
As synovial fluids decline, arthritis in dogs begins to set in.
If your dog is hydrated, then the gel-like liquid provides nutrition, shock-absorption, lubrication, and cushioning in the joints. The framework is like a sponge, with the water filling the space to cushion the joint.
Synovial fluid combined with the articular cartilage reduces friction within the joints, allowing it to move smoothly and effortlessly.
This process helps to reduce friction in the cartilage and gives them a smooth, sustained motion in the joints. When the fluid is not sufficient, then there is less lubrication in the joints, which leads to the development of joint pain. When the articular cartilage is damaged, joints may deteriorate and degenerate.
In dogs with arthritis cartilage has broken down and synovial fluid has been diminished and joint disease has begun; most of the damage caused by degenerative joint disease or more commonly known as osteoarthritis is irreversible.
Weight management and maintaining a healthy weight is critical to prevent the overuse of joints for both human and our dogs and prevent joint inflammation and degenerative joint disease.
Joint pain in dogs is debilitating, lowers the quality of life, and leads to a rapid decline of your dog’s overall health if not addressed.
A sore joint is painful and arthritis pain is a constant pain in arthritic dogs, especially in senior dogs. This often leads to muscle wasting and a decline in muscle function.
Dogs with osteoarthritis who carry excess weight on injured joints increase joint damage and the speed of cartilage breakdown. By maintaining a normal weight, the pressure on damaged joints is lessened.
As dog’s age, just like their 2-legged pet parents, the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to wear down leading to initially acute inflammation and overtime calcium deposits form in the joints, and cartilage suffers micro-tears.
Inflammation the body produces results in scar tissue that in reality stabilizes the joint and increases blood flow to the injured joint, which brings more protein, antibodies, platelets, and white blood cells to the injured area as the body begins to heal itself.
This is why the use of anti-inflammatory drugs should not be the first line of defense against joint pain and inflammation.
Many anti-inflammatory drugs can cause stomach upset and minimize pain symptoms and low-grade inflammation.
The effects of NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and some prescription pain medications on the GI tract are well documented and potential side effects can increase the severity of reflux disease and cause irritation of the stomach lining.
So how do you treat your dog’s joint pain with the harmful side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs?
- Ensure that your dog is properly hydrated
- Strive to keep your dog at a normal weight and not carrying excessive weight
- Ensure that your dog is getting daily exercise
- Try to maintain normal activities
- Watch of inflammation symptoms
- Look at natural remedies to increase joint collagen and reduce inflammation natural anti-inflammatories
- Talk with your vet about a treatment plan and canine rehabilitation and potentially physical therapy treatments and natural treatment options, pain relievers, and food additives like bone broth and similar natural supplements.
How Can I Get My Dog To Drink More Water?
If you want your dog to drink more water to improve their health, you need to examine their daily habits and routines, that you as a dog owner control.
Here are a few simple tips that can make it easy to keep your dog hydrated throughout the day:
- Start each day by giving them a fresh bowl of water when you get up in the morning.
- Add ice cubes to their bowl throughout the day.
- After each walk or playtime change the bowl of water, especially if possible before lunch and dinner.
- If you need a reminder, set a timer on your phone to send a notification when you should freshen up their bowl of water with fresh water.
- Take a reusable dog water bottle with you when leaving the house for dog walks or playtimes.
- Turn on the garden hose and let your dog play with the nozzle.
- If your dog doesn’t like the taste of water, try adding a bit of flavor by adding Active Dawg USDA Certified Organic Chicken Bone Broth or Peanut Butter.
While your dog’s daily fluid intake can come from a variety of foods and flavored water, it is best to stick with water whenever possible.
Plain drinking water is calorie-free and it provides the hydration their body needs without other factors that take a toll on their joint health and overall health.
How Do I Tell if My Dog Is Dehydrated?
The most effective way to decide how much water is needed is by watching for potential signs of dehydration:
Physical Symptoms of a dog suffering from dehydration include:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting with or without diarrhea
- Reduced energy levels and lethargy
- Sunken, dry-looking eyes
- Dry nose
- Dry, sticky gums
- Thick saliva
Monitor the color of your dog’s urine color: If your dog is properly hydrated, the color will be light yellow. Darker shades of yellow indicate that your dog isn’t getting enough water.
Urine Output: The volume of urine is another indicator of hydration. If your dog isn’t peeing very much, then it’s likely that they should drink more water.
How Do You Treat At Home Dog Dehydration
If you think your dog is dehydrated, first make sure they drink plenty of fresh, cool water, especially in hot and hot, humid weather.
Dogs that are dehydrated can lose their appetites, which results in them eating less and reducing the water content they would normally get from their food.
A dog that is suffering from a lack of fluids, needs to have their electrolytes replaced because when their body isn’t getting enough water, fluids containing electrolytes are drawn out of the cells, causing an imbalance that affects organs.
If your dog is not vomiting, you can try giving him an electrolyte-enhanced fluid such as Active Dawg All-Natural Chicken Bone Broth or Peanut Butter. Just follow the serving directions.
If you are noticing mobility issues with your dog, it may be that your dog’s own immune system is aggravating normal joint function.
Loose bits of collagen released from the cartilage in the joint fluid can be recognized as a foreign body by their immune system.
As their immune system responds, attempting to destroy the collagen, can create swelling, stiffness, and soreness. Continued wear and tear on cartilage, can take a toll on normal joint health.
Type II collagen in Active Dawg USDA Certified Organic Chicken Bone Broth is undenatured – processed directly from the chicken sternum and not chicken by-products – has been reported to be more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin supplements in dogs.