You may hear the word arthritis or osteoarthritis and assume it is the same condition. It is not.
Arthritis is a general term that refers to inflammation of the joints. Inflammation is a key factor in the development and progression of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a specific type of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down, leading to bone rubbing against bone. Inflammation is a key factor in the development and progression of arthritis.
In dogs and cats, arthritis can be caused by various factors, including injury, infection, autoimmune disorders, and genetic predisposition. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is typically caused by wear and tear on the joints over time and is more common in older dogs or those with certain health conditions, such as obesity.
The symptoms of arthritis and osteoarthritis in dogs and cats can be similar, including limping, stiffness, decreased activity, and difficulty getting up or climbing stairs. However, the symptoms of osteoarthritis tend to be more chronic and progressive, while arthritis can occur suddenly and be more acute.
Dogs of any age can develop osteoarthritis, but it is more commonly seen in older dogs. As dogs age, their joints can begin to wear down due to years of use, which can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. However, osteoarthritis can also develop in younger dogs due to genetics, injury, or other factors. Large and giant breed dogs may also be more prone to developing osteoarthritis at an earlier age due to the added stress on their joints from their size and weight. It is important for pet owners to monitor their dog’s mobility and behavior for any signs of joint pain or stiffness, regardless of their age.
Cats of any age can develop osteoarthritis, but it is more commonly seen in older cats. Like dogs, as cats age, their joints can begin to wear down due to years of use, which can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. However, osteoarthritis can also develop in younger cats due to genetics, injury, or other factors. In cats, osteoarthritis is most commonly seen in the hips, elbows, and spine.
Some pets suffer silently in pain while others show visible signs of this debilitating disease. Many pets have symptoms of mild to severe arthritis. 20% of dogs over 1 year of age have arthritis while 80% of all dogs over 8 years old have arthritis. It is estimated that 45% of all cats and 90% of cats over the age of 10 are affected by arthritis in some way.
The most common visible signs pet owners may notice include:
- Difficulty in getting up and down
- Reluctance to move
- Lameness in one or more legs
- Increased irritability
- Avoids being handled
Knowing that your pet may be suffering is a heartbreaking thought. Thankfully, there is an all-natural solution that will allow your pet better health and mobility as they age.
Green-lipped mussel oil is a natural supplement that has been found to have anti-inflammatory and joint-protective properties, which can make it helpful for managing arthritis symptoms in both humans and animals.
Green-lipped mussel oil contains a unique combination of omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants that work together to support joint health. Specifically, the omega-3 fatty acids found in green-lipped mussel oil, such as EPA and DHA, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, which can help to reduce joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, green-lipped mussel oil also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, which are natural compounds that help to support joint health and may help to rebuild and repair damaged cartilage.
Green-lipped mussel oil may help to reduce joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis, while also supporting overall joint health.
Its anti-inflammatory action and nutrients may help build healthy cartilage and nourish the joint capsule, including the synovial fluid that provides all important cushioning.
According to a study published in “Inflammopharmacology” in 1997, the phospholipids in mussel oil make it 158 times more effective than fish oil. Green-lipped mussels are one of the only generous sources of an important anti-inflammatory omega-3 called ETA, which can help regenerate cartilage in a dog with arthritis.
Green-lipped mussels are nutrient rich and a good source of key vitamins and minerals including:
- Vitamins B12 and E: These vitamins are important for maintaining healthy nerve function, promoting red blood cell formation, and providing antioxidant protection.
- Selenium: This mineral is essential for thyroid function and has antioxidant properties.
- Zinc: This is an important mineral for immune function, wound healing, and cell growth and repair.
- Iron: This is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.
- Calcium: This is essential for strong bones and teeth.
Green-lipped mussel oil has been part of my dog’s daily routine since 2009 and why it was important for me to offer this exceptional supplement to all pet parents. That is why we formulated Essential OMEGAS.
When formulating Essential OMEGAS we added New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Learn more). This extra virgin olive oil is rich in oleocanthal, the compound that helps fight joint pain and inflammation. It is an antioxidant that works in unison with the omega-3 fatty acids in green-lipped mussel oil to offset free radicals in the body.