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Is Joint Discomfort Responsible for Your Lethargic Dog?

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Lethargic dog

When  people see their best friend turn into a lethargic dog, they often assume it’s an unavoidable symptom of age, when the dog might be dealing with fixable joint discomfort. Just like people, dogs can experience joint discomfort, especially as they age. Joint issues can be degenerative or developmental. Degenerative joint issues include problems such as ligament tears and arthritis in dogs. Developmental joint problems arise when the dog’s joints fail to grow properly, such as hip dysplasia. Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to joint issues than others.

Joint Issue Symptoms

Symptoms of joint problems in dogs include limping, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, and a decline in physical activity. Predators in the wild often target injured animals as prey, and this is why dogs have developed a survival adaptation to hide their discomfort. However, there are tell-tale signs. If you’re wondering why your dog is lethargic, slow to get up, avoiding stairs, or exhibiting other changes in behavior, there’s a good chance joint discomfort is the culprit. Dog owners often make the mistake of assuming these symptoms are a natural part of the aging process, when in reality, the dog might be quietly suffering through a very treatable condition.

Joint Issue Treatments

In the United States, dogs that are diagnosed with joint issues are often prescribed powerful pharmaceuticals to manage the discomfort. These drugs are not intended for long-term use, as they compromise the immune system and may result in serious health problems with prolonged use. Even in short-term use, these drugs are not always well tolerated, especially for dogs with liver problems, diabetes, or immune system deficiencies.

Natural Alternatives for Joint Health

Springtime offers a line of natural supplements to help maintain healthy joints and hips. Once you relieve the underlying causes of discomfort, the lethargic dog may return to a high level of activity and vigor, even for dogs of advanced age.

Fresh Factors® Joint Health Chewables Longevity
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Convenient chewable tablet supports healthy hip and joint function with the popular ingredients chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine HCl & MSM.
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