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July 20, 2011 at 3:53 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Arthritis In Your Pets

By Dr. Char Wilson, DVM More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Char Wilson explains how arthritis affects your pets and how you can treat it.
Host, Gerry Barnaby-  Hey, what’s up? Barnaby here—another installment of “Ask Dr. Char,” because she is a holistic veterinarian and knows a lot about the creatures you love. Let’s talk about pets and arthritis. Is it necessarily because they’re just getting old that they get kind of stiff in the joints just like humans?
Health Coach, Dr. Char Wilson, DVM-  No, arthritis is developing even in the young animals now. And so, there’s a genetic component to that, and so some of the larger breeds will tend to have misshapen hip sockets and so if a joint is not really stable and it moves back and forth, they’ll develop arthritis, they’ll develop pain and stiffness.
Barnaby-  So, it’s specific to breeds? Or is it just crossing all breeds at this point?
Dr. Char-  At this point, more and more breeds are affected—even some of the small breeds are showing signs of arthritis.
Barnaby-  Wow. What do you think the reason for that is?
Dr. Char-  Well, I think that it’s helpful that they get extra supplementation when they’re growing so that they can form better joints.
Barnaby-  So, you should have a puppy specific food, but also other things that might be, as you say, supplemental—so actual things they can take above and beyond the food that they eat?
Dr. Char-  Right.
Barnaby-  Such as?
Dr. Char-  Well, a lot of times I’ll do Vitamin C. Glucosamine is particularly helpful for the large-breed dogs that are growing very quickly. Sometimes there’s many choices of foods out there and there’s not like one perfect food. Every breed and every individual has their own nutritional requirements, so we need to be able to offer a variety of elements to help that form a good joint.
Barnaby-  That’s giving them the best shot at a good life. But as they age, necessarily, just like humans, we start to get a little bit stiff. What can we do about it then?
Dr. Char-  There’s a product called Arthro-IonX, which is a blend of homeopathic ingredients that addresses the majority of causes of joint discomfort, so those homeopathic ingredients do a lot for reducing inflammation and to help that joint to replenish itself. There’s a couple of factors in a joint: you need to have good stability so it doesn’t rub, but you also need to have a good synovial surface on it that can make that hyaluronic acid, the fluid to keep that joint friction free.
Barnaby-  Lubricated, as they might say.
Dr. Char-  Yes.
Barnaby-  Huh, that is interesting. So, there’s a medication that is good for your dog, it is natural, and that is probably the best-case scenario when you’re trying to keep your dog mobile and happy up until its final day. Thanks so much for the good information, Dr. Char! Again, you ask her any question you like, the opportunity to do that is on our website: it is

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  • Hi I have a great dane who has two spots on her spine that have fused due to arthritis. I am giving her all of the meds available and am about to get her into a doggy wheel chair as her back legs have become unstable. I have just added a vitamin e and b100 to her regime. I am wondering if any of your products can help the issuses associated with spinal arthritis?

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