Arthritis and Your K-9

Arthritis doesn’t discriminate. Not only does it affect humans, but it also strikes our pets. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the U.S. and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.

Think about how you feel when you’ve been sitting around for a few hours on the couch watching TV. You feel stiff, your hips may pop when you start walking around (maybe that’s just me?) and you may just feel lethargic overall. Guess what? Your pet also suffers from stiffness, soreness and lethargy.

Because your dog can’t tell you what’s wrong, it’s important to pay close attention to his nonverbal clues and take even subtle changes seriously. Signs that your dog may have arthritis include:

  • Favoring a limb
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Sleeping more
  • Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
  • Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased activity or less interest in play
  • Attitude or behavior changes
  • Being less alert

If your dog experiences any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, take him to your veterinarian for an arthritis evaluation. It may also be time to incorporate a joint supplement into his daily routine.

Aware that he is getting up there in age, and wanting to be proactive in regard to his health, I recently introduced my 8-year-old Labrador retriever to Sergeant’s Vetscription Joint-Eze Advanced. I have already noticed a positive change in just a short period of time!

What is Sergeant’s Vetscription Joint-Eze Advanced you may ask? It’s a new maximum five-in-one joint care supplement that mirrors trends in human healthcare supplements and contains the following ingredients that target joint care:

  • Glucosamine HCL to support joint health
  • Chondroitin sulfate, an important structural component of cartilage
  • Poultry cartilage, which naturally contains glycosaminoglycans
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to help maintain healthy fluid pressure of soft tissue
  • Hyaluronic acid, a major component in synovial fluid that has been found to increase the viscosity of the fluid

Sergeant’s Vetscription Joint-Eze Advanced provides maximum relief for severe joint issues and senior dogs. It is available at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide. Have you tried joint supplements in the past? If so, did you notice a difference?

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