Orthopedic problems are an incredibly common source of pain in pets, and managing these issues often requires a multi-pronged approach. One of the foundations in orthopedic pet pain management at West Park Animal Hospital often includes a joint support supplement. Glucosamine for pets can play a central role in helping our patients feel better.
What is Glucosamine?
Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease that results in degeneration of the joints over time. It is a common problem in our pets, with over 20% of the dog population being affected. The causes include:
Life with a dog is life with your best friend at your side. Considering this, it stands to reason that we might assume to understand our canine’s subtle cues and behaviors, so of course we’d know if our dog is in pain!
But, realistically, the signs of pain or discomfort in pets are often easily masked. And, there is good reason for that.
In the wild, a weak, sick, or fragile animal is easily targeted by predators. That being the case, animals have developed the ability to mask symptoms in ways that can easily dupe even the most intuitive Dr. Doolittle human among us.
So, the questions stands: how can you better understand and respond to pet pain? Continue reading