Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative disease of the joints, affecting many types of dogs, especially older dogs. The studies reported in January 2010 and March 2010 were an issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), reporting the benefits obtained by giving dogs to eat foods or fish oil for dogs high in Omega-3 fatty acids to dogs with osteoarthritis. Dogs with osteoarthritis that are given these foods and supplements were experiencing less pain and they could move easier.
A writer and leader of a study on famous animal foods said: “Many of us wrote about mobility problems in dogs as part of the aging process. These studies demonstrate that providing foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids to a dog with osteoarthritis significantly increases movement/mobility and quality of life. These three studies show significant movement progress as assessed by owners of the dogs themselves, veterinarians, or both.”
A total of 274 dogs with osteoarthritis participated in clinical studies conducted by a number of veterinary clinics and two veterinary universities.
There are three areas that are focused on the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids:
Its effects on the signs of dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis.
Its effects in holding the burden of dogs with this disease.
Its effects on the dose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in dogs with osteoarthritis.
In the first study, dogs with chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis showed progress in their ability to play and wake up from their sleeping position, after six weeks of their diet changed with a diet containing Omega-3 fatty acid concentrates obtained from fish oil.
In the second study showed that dog muscle strength increased with omega-3 as part of the diet.
In the third study, vets were capable of reducing the dose of NSAIDs used as a pain reliever for dogs with osteoarthritis. This makes it possible to regulate pain relievers in dogs fed foods containing Omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
Osteoarthritis is caused by progressive inflammation and worsening of cartilage, bone, and soft tissue. This disease is often misinterpreted as the beginning of “slowing down” that is suffered by old dogs. Canine Osteoarthritis can arise without clear signs and can be an undetectable problem which affects both the quality of life of the dog and the quality of life of the dog owner.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are drugs that are often used to improve joint movement and pain control in more severe cases. The disadvantages, for long-term use, can cause side effects such as kidney failure, ulcers, etc.
The findings of this study are very important because of complications that can arise from painkillers, so the dosage can be reduced when the drugs are combined with proper nutrition.