Contrary to popular belief, arthritis doesn’t just affect senior dogs and the Pet Wellness Direct is educating pet owners to be aware of arising issues even in younger dogs. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 20 percent of ALL dogs have arthritis – and the problems can start as early as 12 months old.
Russ Kamalski, Co-CEO, of Pet Wellness Direct, believes this is why it’s so important to protect pets from early-stage arthritis and other joint issues starting at a very early age. “The fact is, dogs as young as two or three years old can experience hip and painful joint issues that negatively impact their overall well-being,” he said. “But because their owners don’t expect to see joint disease in dogs so young, they ignore the warning signs until it’s too late.”
According to Kamalski, that’s a big problem. “If you don’t catch arthritis in time, it can lead to chronic pain and severely impair your dog’s mobility, energy levels and overall quality of life,” he said. “It can even lead to changes in behavior and cause a normally friendly dog to become irritable or aggressive.”
These problems are exacerbated by the fact that dogs tend to hide when they’re in pain. “It’s an evolutionary thing,” he explained. “Showing pain is a sign of weakness that could cause their pack to abandon them or indicate to predators on the prowl that they’re an easy target. That’s why dogs often mask their pain until it’s so severe they can no longer hide it.”
Kamalski said it’s the responsibility of pet owners to take proactive action to protect their dogs from joint damage. To make it easy for them, he and his team of veterinary scientists spent years in the lab developing a proprietary joint health supplement formulated to promote healthy joint cartilage and fluid and prevent joint issues before they happen.
Their new preventative joint supplement for dogs, VetSmart Formulas Early Stage Hip + Joint Complex, features a “high performance” blend of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM plus a proprietary formulation of hyaluronic acid, vitamins and nutrients proven to reduce inflammation, replenish collagen and repair damaged joints in dogs.
Each daily dose offers more glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin than other leading joint supplements for dogs – in some cases, three to five times as much. Plus, it includes 50 iu of vitamin E, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory not available in most other leading joint health supplements for dogs.
“We are really proud of this powerful new veterinarian-strength supplement,” Kamalski said. “It meets the highest standards that vets demand and is safe to use over long periods of time, so it’s perfect to start giving dogs at an early age to keep them healthy for years to come.”