How to Keep my Pets Bones Strong and Healthy

Just as a healthy lifestyle program (e.g. exercise and good nutrition) can be beneficial to humans, taking measures to maintain bone and joint health helps your pet. Most bone and joint disorders do not have a cure, so you should follow the instructions of your veterinarian regarding management options. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t wellness steps you can also take at home to ensure you are providing good bone and joint support to your pet.

Exercise:

Pets need exercise to keep their spirits up, their hearts strong, and their bones and joints lubricated and in motion.  If you are a busy professional or live in a yard-less home, try scheduling your dog for doggy day care 2-3 times a week. This will give them the opportunity to socialize with other furry friends and get some playful activity.  We offer that as a service here at AMC!  You can also take your dog to the dog beach, have fun playing fetch in the backyard, or take them to the dog park after work. Playing, walking and running are the typical exercises for a pet, and they need it just like we need visits to the gym.

 Nutrition: 

The bone is a mineral bank and guess where those minerals come from? Your pet’s diet. A high quality pet food, that is complete in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and lipids, is key to ensuring that your pet stays healthy. Particularly when it comes to nutrition for puppies, kittens and senior pets, making sure that the bones and joints are receiving adequate, but not excessive, nutrients will make all the difference. Certain nutritional imbalances, such as inadequate or excess calcium, can cause bone problems and weakness in pets. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the best diet for your pet.

Monitor Weight:

Bones provide structure and allow for movement, but they also bear weight. As a result, the comfort and condition of your pet’s skeletal system is often dependent on the stress put on your pet’s bones and joints. Pet obesity is a serious problem in the US. Even though your chubby little pal might look cute, the extra weight can negatively impact his or her skeletal frame. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding obesity is one of the best ways you can keep your pet’s bones strong and avoid development of bone and joint issues or aggravating pre-existing conditions. We can help you determine whether your pet is at a healthy weight.

 Preventive Care Exams:

It’s more cost effective and efficient to prevent something from developing or getting worse than to have a reactive approach to bone and joint issues. Surgeries and fracture healing can cost thousands of dollars and put your pet in a miserable cone-head recovery scenario. Many bone-related problems can be monitored or avoided through preventive care exams. Schedule annual check-ups for your pet and schedule more frequent check-ups for pets that have existing medical conditions.

Add a High Quality Bone and Joint Supplement for Pets:

While a supplement is not a treatment or cure for any bone and joint disorders, supplementation can be helpful in providing nutrients that support a pet’s bone and joints. Talk to your veterinarian to find out what type would work best for your pet.

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