When I hear that ACL injuries are one of the most common orthopedic problems in dogs I often wonder why? (With ACL surgery costing between $4000-$7000 this email is worth a read and all dogs owners should be across this topic and even research if for your yourself, today I'm just freestyling thoughts).
An animal that is designed to literally live on it's feet and legs. Supposed to live a life running, jumping, rolling, hunting and contort in almost countless ways... should it be plagued at this rate by such ligament or joint injuries?
A dog's ligaments experience the most significant growth during their early stages of life, particularly during the puppyhood and adolescent stages. This period (referred to as the growth phase) occurs only once. We have one chance to get it right.
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Back to the Blog! Now you can feed a dog a variety of diet(s) and it will grow into an adult.... but remember it's what's "under the hood" that counts.
In this case/subject about 30% of the total protein in a dog's body is collagen. As a dog ages, its capability to produce collagen decreases, making them more susceptible to injuries, painful conditions of the bones and joints, and poor skin and coat health.
As an owner of an almost 13 year old Black German Shepherd and a three year old 75kg Livestock Guardian who are both very active with no joint or muscle issues …proof is in the pudding.. You can watch the pudding here :) https://youtu.be/2neFbeVhRkc
Plus after a decade of dealing with so many pups and dogs ...my call is injury can be prevented and it comes down to diet. A natural raw food diet (doesn't mean Rogue Raw) will ensure the joints, bones and ligaments and tendons develop correctly. They will be more sound, stronger and developed to their full potential. It will also help them take more pressure, heal better and raw diet (with proper raw produce) will also help pre-existing issues.
I have feed all natural since they were both puppies (up to 30% is raw meaty bones with some doses of collagen oil and plenty of grass fed produce too.) Touch wood no joint, ligament issues no hip dysplasia.. we're on a largish property and these dogs are active day and night.
There's more info to read if you're into details and appreciate you reading my Blog. Regards Wendell (Bone-to-pick-with-the-pet-industry) RogueRaw
CAUSES, PREVENTION & NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR DOGS WITH LIGAMENT/JOINT ISSUES
Even healthy dogs just like humans, can experience ACL tears or sprains, the point here is prevention and reducing injuries by having healthy bones and connective tissues is crucial for prevention as proper nutrition can help support healthy ligaments and tendons.
Prevention of ACL Injuries in Dogs:
Warm-Up and Cool-Down:
Avoidance of Traumatic Events:
Nutritional Support for Ligament Health
KEY NUTRIENTS TO FEED
Eating foods or supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin can have positive effects on ligament and tendon health in dogs. Here's a closer look at how each of these nutrients contributes to the well-being of ligaments and tendons:
High-Quality Protein: Including lean, high-quality protein sources like chicken, fish, or turkey in your dog's diet is important. Protein provides the necessary amino acids for tissue repair and maintenance.
Collagen TYPE 2
Collagen type 2 is is an important protein that provides structure and support to various tissues in the body, including the skin, bones, cartilage, and connective tissues. While collagen is not considered an essential nutrient in the diet of dogs, a deficiency in collagen may contribute to a range of health problems, depending on the severity and duration of the deficiency.
Type 2 supports joint health and function. It helps maintain the structure and integrity of cartilage, reduces joint pain and inflammation, and may help alleviate symptoms of conditions like osteoarthritis.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce joint inflammation. Incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines, or mutton bird, mutton bird oil and grass feed meat into your dog's diet.
Antioxidants and Vitamins: Provide a variety of vegetables and herbs to supply antioxidants and essential vitamins. Garlic, oregano, leafy greens like spinach are excellent choices.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can play a role in the degeneration and weakening of ligaments and tendons. By reducing inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain the health and integrity of these connective tissues. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids promote the production of collagen, which is a key component of ligaments and tendons. Collagen provides structural support and elasticity, making it essential for maintaining the strength and flexibility of these tissues.
Glucosamine: Glucosamine is a natural compound found in the body, particularly in cartilage, which covers the ends of bones at joints. It plays a crucial role in the formation and repair of cartilage. When ligaments or tendons are injured, providing glucosamine through diet or supplements can support the healing process. Glucosamine helps stimulate the production of proteoglycans, which are essential for maintaining the structural integrity of ligaments and tendons. It also aids in the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, which attract and retain water, keeping the connective tissues hydrated and lubricated. This hydration is crucial for the smooth movement of ligaments and tendons.
Chondroitin: Chondroitin is another compound naturally found in cartilage. It works synergistically with glucosamine to support ligament and tendon health. Chondroitin helps inhibit the enzymes that break down cartilage and supports the production of new cartilage.
By preserving and promoting the health of cartilage, chondroitin contributes to the overall integrity of ligaments and tendons. It also helps enhance the ability of these connective tissues to absorb shock and withstand stress during physical activities.
Incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, collagen and chondroitin into a dog's diet can provide support for ligament and tendon health.
These nutrients help reduce inflammation, promote collagen production, support cartilage formation, and enhance the overall strength and flexibility of connective tissues. However, it is always recommended to consult with a veterinarian before introducing any dietary changes or supplements to ensure they are suitable for your dog's specific needs.