Let's Talk... About Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in dogs is no different than arthritis in humans. It has the same painful and debilitating effects.

Large breed dogs like Rottweilers can have more difficulty with joint pain and arthritis because of their size.  Dog arthritis is a connective tissue disorder, and it gets worse over time.

With both humans and dogs there are 2 types of arthritis, categorized as the following:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis which is an auto-immune disorder and mostly affects the joints in in dogs hips and legs. This is the same arthritis that effects people so badly that their joints actually become deformed. At least in dogs, it can also effect other organs like the heart and lungs.
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common form of dog arthritis. This type is degenerative and causes the cartilage or "cushioning" between the bones of the joints to break down and eventually disappear all together.

In both people and dogs, this type of arthritis is believed to be part of the normal aging process -- But is that really true? Many researchers and experts world-wide believe that the absence of proper nutrients in our diets (both humans and dogs) is the biggest contributing factor.

What can be done about dog arthritis?

Regardless of the cause, arthritis in dogs causes them serious pain. If your dog has arthritis, then you know what I'm talking about. . . you can see the pain in their eyes, and it's heartbreaking.

My male Rottweiler Chevy has arthritis. I don't claim to be an expert in any way, but speak from experience and personal research. A few years ago my Chiropractor, who also works on Chevy advised me to start giving him MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane), which is naturally occurring Sulfur.

I had already done a lot of research on MSM in the past for other reasons, so I really had a "Duh, why didn't I think of that" moment.

I started giving it to him (2000 mg twice a day) and really noticed a difference. Then I proved beyond a shadow of doubt that it worked, after running out and not giving it to him for a while. I felt so bad, and promptly started giving it to him again!

Update: I now give my boy Chevy 5000 mg of MSM a day. For the capsule form (hard pills are worthless) of MSM, I buy it through All Star Health online -- The only brand I recommend is Nature's Way 1000mg MSM made with V-caps.

All Star Health beats any price around, both online and off -- Trust me, I've checked everywhere.

Is there even more that can be done?

I know for a fact the MSM helps arthritis in dogs, but as Chevy has gotten older it seemed to be getting worse. So, I started doing some more research to see if I could help him more.

That's when I discovered that the Rottweiler food I was giving him was very poor quality, and he wasn't getting the proper nutrition his body needed.

So, I switched him to a much higher quality food, and it started making a difference right away.

. . . But, I also discovered an all-natural product with an MSM base and a few other ingredients I wasn't aware of. After reading over the website, I also found that this liquid form is better absorbed by a dogs body than the pill form.

It didn't take me long to figure out that this guy not only knows what he's talking about, but truly loves animals too. He actually has two products to help arthritis in dogs. . .

The first one is called SoothAway and it's a topical ointment that you rub onto your dogs joints and muscles. It's like "Aspercream" or "Bengay" for people, only it's supposed to work a whole lot better.

This one I haven't actually tried yet, but have a bottle on the way and I'm planning to try it on myself and my husband as well :0)

The second product is called FlexaSure and it is a liquid form that you put a couple drops of into your dogs food. This is the ideal product for dogs that don't like to take pill's, and Chevy really likes the taste of it.

This products main ingredient is MSM, along with some other carefully formulated ingredients such as Chinese Skullcap and DMSO. Chinese skullcap has been confirmed in clinical trials to help with arthritis and inflammation.

DMSO (closely related to MSM) has been studied extensively not only for humans, but also for animals by a Harvard Medical Researcher named Stanley W. Jacobs, MD.

I think that Gary Le Mon of Natural Wonder Pet Products can explain how and why it works much better than I can. What I can tell you is that it definitely works for arthritis in dogs -- beyond a shadow of a doubt, it works!

If your Rottweiler, or any other dog for that matter (even you) has arthritis, I urge you to take a look at this stuff. Chevy's eye's tell me "Thank You Mom" every day. . .

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