Easy Arthritis Relief: Feed Your Dog Right with These Joint-Loving Foods!

Mar 10, 2024

We all want our dogs to live their best lives, and when arthritis rears its pesky head, it can be a real game-changer.

But fear not! With some diet tweaks, you can help your furry friend wag their tail with joy once again. Let's dive into the world of dog foods that can ease arthritis discomfort and get those joints moving like a well-oiled machine.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – The Hip Heroes

Just like fish oil keeps our joints in check, it works wonders for our furry friends too. Omega-3 is important in supporting healthy fur and skin, and has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into your dog's diet to reduce inflammation and promote joint health. Fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are not only delicious but also packed with these essential fatty acids.

If you don't want to be handling fish, you can always give your dog fish oil supplements in tablet form.

Don't forget that seeds, such as flaxseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. You can sprinkle them in your dog's food or buy the oil version.

At Doggy Grub, we use cod liver oil in all of our mealsCod liver oil possesses important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids but also vitamin A and vitamin D, which helps power the immune response.

Lean Proteins – Muscle Power Unleashed

Proteins are the building blocks of strong muscles, and strong muscles mean better joint support. Opt for lean protein sources like kangaroo, chicken or turkey to keep your pup's muscles in top shape.

Senior dogs tend to put on weight, due to progressive inactivity, putting more pressure on the joints so it's important to keep an eye on your portions, choose lean ingredients and switch up activities to better suits their age.

Antioxidant-Rich Veggies – Nature's Medicine

Colorful veggies are not just a treat for the eyes; they're also a treat for your dog's joints.

Carrots, sweet potatoes, kale and broccoli are loaded with antioxidants that fight inflammation and help combat the effects of arthritis.

Chop them up, puree, boil or steam, and mix them with your dog's regular food for a tasty and nutritious twist, or pick a nutritious dog food full of a variety of veggies.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin – Joint Superheroes

These two ingredients are like Batman and Robin for your dog's joints. Glucosamine helps build and repair cartilage, while chondroitin keeps joints lubricated.

You can find dog-friendly supplements containing this dynamic duo, or pick treats such as shark or beef cartilage, as well as bone broth for chondroitin, and chitin (the exoskeletons of crustaceans or insects) for a natural source of glucosamine.

Proper Portions – Avoiding Extra Pounds

As mentionned above, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for dogs with arthritis. Extra weight puts unnecessary stress on their joints, exacerbating the discomfort.

Be mindful of portion sizes, and resist those pleading puppy eyes when it comes to extra treats. Your dog's joints will thank you!

In the world of doggy diets, the key to combating arthritis is a combination of nutrient-packed ingredients, mindful portions, and a dash of love.

So, let's get our fur babies back to chasing their tails and romping around the park with the help of a diet that's as fabulous as they are!


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