What is osteoarthritis and how to treat this joint problem?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease
affecting nearly 25 to 30% of pets. It is a common
condition in older dogs and occasionally occurs in cats.
The resulting stiffness, joint pain and loss of mobility can
seriously restrict the daily activities and degrade the
quality of life.
Osteoarthritis can occur as a result of wear and tear,
trauma to the joints, obesity and strenuous repetitive use
on an otherwise normal joint and occurs as the dog or cat ages.
Certainly, any dog or cat with congenital joint problem
such as dysplasia is going to be more prone to develop
osteoarthritis. Dogs who have had injury to a joint such
as a fracture involving the joint or a ruptured ligament in
the knee will also be more likely to develop osteoarthritis.
The sign and symptoms of osteoarthritis
The signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis will vary as to
which joints are involved, the age of the dog or cat and
the severity of the disease. In general, the first symptoms
may be an altered gait since the dog or cat will try to put
more of its weight on the unaffected limbs.
- Pain and inflammation
- Limping and lameness
- Difficulty climbing stairs and decline in movement
- Slowness and loss of range of motion
- Destruction of joint cartilage
- Thickening of subchondral bone
- Reduction of synovial fluid and its viscoelasticity
- Narrowing of joint cavity
Overtime the normally smooth cartilage overlying the
ends of joint bones is gradually eroded. Although
osteoarthritis is not always accompanied by inflammation, this is a common sign, as is joint pain, loss of mobility and formation of bony growths around the edges of the joint surface. Also, both the concentration and molecular weight of Hyaluronic Acid in the synovial fluid are decreased and has lower viscoelasticity.
Treatment to improve and prevent osteoarthritis
Celadrin® is an innovative, all natural patented ingredient
developed through a proprietary process of esterifying
oils. It consists a unique blend instead of isolated
cetylmyristoleate (CMO) where research found that this
blend was more effective than the isolated CMO.
- provides continuous lubrication in the joint area to
improve cell membrane fluidity and elasticity;
- has been clinically shown to reduce pain and
inflammation quickly without harmful side effects;
- provides continuous restorative benefits to the joint to
counteract the wear and tear on the joint area which
is linked to insufficient lubrication and cell membrane
- improves overall joint health and functional ability so
that your dog or cat can move with ease and pain
Glucosamine is an amino monosaccharide that is the
most fundamental building block required for the
synthesis of several classes of compounds for the
maintenance of joint health.
- stimulates proteoglycan synthesis and helps in
regeneration of cartilage;
- plays an important role in rebuilding damaged
cartilage and protects from further degeneration;
has been proven to improve mobility and restore
- has a mild anti-inflammatory effect to relieve joint
- helps to promote the production of Hyaluronic Acid
- Chondroitin is a complex carbohydrate found naturally in
- the body required for the synthesis of proteoglycans in
- joint cartilage, tendons and skin.
- stimulates proteoglycan production as well as
Collagen and Hyaluronic acid synthesis;
- reduces joint pain and stops functional impairment;
- inhibits the activity of degradative enzymes in the
- helps to improve joint flexibility and mobility;
- slows down the damage of cartilage and strengthen
Hyaluronic Acid is a glycosaminoglycan found mainly in the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. It is also
naturally present in different connective tissues such as
cartilage and skin.
- nourishes the synovial fluid to increase the
viscoelasticity and to allow a soft and smooth
movement of the joint;
- has a lubricating and shock-absorbing roles to reduce
friction between articular cartilage and soft tissue
surfaces of joints;
- protects the joints against overuse and shocks;
- has high molecular weight to provide better joint
lubrication, shock absorbency and perhaps greater
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, so these supplements
help to make the symptoms more manageable and
relieve joint pain in dogs or cats with osteoarthritis.
Together, these supplements work to slow the
deterioration process of cartilages and improve the
quality of life of pets.
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