Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Dogs, and to a lesser extent cats, are susceptible to arthritis. Arthritis, technically, is any condition that leads to an alteration of viscosity and loss of lubricative affect of the joint fluid. The result of this can be an increase in heat and friction within the joint capsule.
Symptoms: Pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion leading to calcified deposits in some of the joints.
Diagnostics: Radiographs, palpation.
Special Notes: Decreased liver function and "leaky bowel" syndrome can increase the likelihood of developing arthritis in sensitive individuals.
Principles for Supplementation: Improve the health of the joint fluid and reduce inflammation and pain.