Many pet owners assume it’s only older dogs that need support for their joints, however, supplements can be extremely beneficial for puppies during their development stage. Natural animal health company, Nutravet, share their tips on how to help care for your puppy’s joints. 

It’s reported that four out of five older dogs have joint disease, such as osteoarthritis. Conditions like this can develop from an early age following problems with bone and joint development, so giving your puppy the best possible start to life is crucial to avoiding problems that reduce mobility and cause stiff joints in later life.

When young puppies begin to play, not only is it delightful to see, but it is actually an important part of your pet’s development, both mentally and physically. Play fighting and gambolling around the garden or house is key to strengthening and developing bones, as well as other body tissues, to be fit for purpose.

A joint supplement for your puppy can aid optimum joint health during these early days and during play. Ingredients, such as chondroitin combined with glucosamine can help to give your puppy extra joint protection, and is an important building block for cartilage and support joint structure.

Here are some tips from Nutravet to help support your puppy in their early years:

  • Feed your puppy a good quality diet and ensure your puppy maintains a good weight for their breed and size. Excess weight can put pressure on their joints.

  • Don’t over exercise your puppy. Although it may be tempting as they have lots of energy, too much exercise can damage their joints. According to The Kennel Club, puppies should get five minutes of exercise per month of age, up to twice daily.

  • Long walks or runs should be avoided in the early stages. Mild exercise regimes, together with a balanced healthy diet are all part of a sensible and responsible way to care for your new puppy.

  • Avoid encouraging your new pet to jump up at you on his/her hind legs as this can put uneven stress on both hind and front legs at a young age.

  • A natural supplement that contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin can help to maintain healthy joint function in your puppy.

  • Speak to your vet, as they will be able to assess how your pet interacts with you as an owner, or as a family so they can give you the appropriate, contextual, advice on joint health.

Matthew Shaw, Managing Director of Nutravet, said, “Many dog owners see joint stiffness as a problem in older pets, as they assume it’s something that comes with ageing. However, it’s just as important to ensure your new puppy has joint support as they grow. As a pet owner maintaining your pet’s optimum joint health also helps to maintain their quality of life with you and provide a better foundation as your dog gets older.

“A fast acting, high strength joint supplement like Nutraquin contains the necessary high-quality ingredients that help to maintain healthy joint function in dogs. Nutraquin contains 100% active ingredients without any bulking agents or fillers, so you know exactly what you are giving your puppy.”

To find out more about Nutravet, please visit their website.

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