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Series Arthritis Pain Management: Nutrition
Series Managing Arthritis Pain: Nutrition
Weight management is obviously a vital part of managing arthritis pain in dogs and cats. Excess weight puts more stress on the joint structures and joint cartilage. Studies have shown that a reduction in 11-18% of body weight significantly improved lameness scores. Improvement in gait starts at 6% loss of body weight.
There are prescription diets and appetite suppressants specifically designed to help pets lose weight.
Omega 3- Fatty Acids
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoinc acid (DHA) are Omega 3- Fatty acids which help to modulate the inflammatory response responsible for arthritis pain. There are diets supplemented with high levels of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids which contain more Omega 3 Fatty acids. One can also buy supplements such as:
Supplements are not designed to treat arthritis pain alone. They are used primarily with other medications and treatments.
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