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Understanding Osteochondrosis: How Nutritional Imbalances Impact Your Dog's Pain

Is your furry friend struggling with osteochondrosis in their elbow, also called elbow dysplasia?


This can occur if the bones of the elbow (the humerus, ulna, and radius) grow too quickly and the supporting ligaments are strained, and this is what “growing pains” are, which many two-legged adolescent humans can experience.


This condition can cause considerable discomfort, impacting their quality of life. But did you know that nutritional imbalances could exacerbate their pain?


Nutrition plays a crucial role in supporting your dog's joint health. First of all, it is important to know that a fat puppy does not always mean a healthy puppy. Excess calories from protein, fats, and carbohydrates can contribute to osteochondrosis.


Also, when their diet lacks essential nutrients like glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega-3 fatty acids, their joints may suffer. These nutrients are vital for maintaining cartilage health, reducing inflammation, and promoting overall joint function.


In cases of osteochondrosis, nutritional imbalances can worsen the condition, leading to increased inflammation and cartilage degradation, which will impact the quality of life of your fur child.


So, what can you do to help? Start by evaluating your dog's diet. Ensure they're receiving a balanced diet from all food sources that includes essential nutrients for joint health.



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