How to Recognize & Treat Pet Arthritis in Dogs & Cats

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Pet Arthritis, which is also called canine degenerative joint disease is defined as inflammation of the joints. Recent research indicates radiographic lesions of arthritis are apparent in 95% of dogs at age two, and 99% of people at age 35, regardless of whether or not visible signs are apparent. 20 percent of all dogs two years of age and older are afflicted. A large number of older cats also suffer with arthritis.

Signs of pet arthritis in dogs include limping, lamness, decreased activity, stiffness, reluctance to stand, climb stairs, run and jump. Cats become reluctant to move and often have accidents outside the litter box.

Although pet arthritis is more common in large dogs, small dogs and cats also suffer. Arthritis in dogs and cats is a painful, progressive condition that destroys the cartilage and connective tissue, which normally act as a cushion and absorb shock between bones and joints.

Management of Pet Arthritis

Medical management, weight control and moderate exercise allow many pets to live a relatively pain free life. Medical management traditionally consisted of anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids, which are effective to relieve pain but carry serious side effects. New, natural pet remedies have proven to offer similar benefits without the risks. Moderate exercise helps maintain joint mobility and muscle strength for joint support. Weight control helps reduce the burden of excess soft tissue the joints must support.

Dr. Carol’s Hip & Joint Support is made to be given along with PAAWS Pet Vitamins or VitaLife Pet Supplements for dogs and/or cats that need additional relief from advanced arthritis pain. Together these two products help to minimize arthritis pain and inflammation while increasing joint lubrication and flexibility and enhancing the joints ability to absorb shock.

Because age, breed, diet, lifestyle, injury and stress can affect the health and function of joints in different ways, Dr. Carol’s pet products are specifically designed to meet the various needs of your dog and cat throughout his or her life stages. Correct and consistent administration of pet nutritional supplements is essential for optimum results. Your pets will love the taste, you’ll love the ease and you’ll both enjoy the great results!

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients. Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

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Stem Cell Therapy May Prevent Pet Arthritis

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Today researchers estimate that 20% or one out of every five dogs develops some form of canine arthritis. Published studies validate the fact that by age two, 85 percent of dogs have radiographic evidence of arthritic bone lesions whether or not visible signs of limping or lameness are present.

Canine Arthritis can develop with or without previous injury to a bone or a joint however the odds of developing arthritis increase dramatically, regardless of the method of fixation used, after a fracture occurs.

Until now, few preparations exist that significantly impact the rate of arthritis development after a bone or joint injury. Researchers from Duke University injected 10,000 special stem cells called mesenchymal cells into fractured joints of mice and found that they acted to prevent arthritis development in the previously fractured joints. Their research was recently published in the Journal of Cell Transplantation.

The scientists at Duke’s Biomedical Engineering Department are hopeful that their research will offer new therapy to prevent arthritis development in fractured joints and bones when injected appropriately and in a timely manner.

Their primary focus was the knee joint which is also referred to as a stifle joint in pets. In fact, knee injuries represent the number one most common musculoskeletal injury in pets in the USA. Similar to a basket all player “on the bench” due to an ACL injury, pets experience the exact same issue.

These mesenchymal stem cells were derived from bone marrow and are very young immature cells not destined to become blood cells. The stem cells were placed in a low oxygen environment which researchers found allows them to grow more quickly so enough could be generated to inject into the joint(s) in question to be effective.

Researchers hypothesize that the purified mesenchymal stem cells work by altering the body’s response to joint inflammation and they also appear to modify cytokines which alter an individual’s immune response favorably to help boost regeneration in knee joints in this case.

This research holds tremendous promise for pets and people suffering with post traumatic arthritic bone and joint injuries.

Funding for this study was provided by the National Institute of Health (NIH) along with the Arthritis Foundation.


About the Author

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients. Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions by phone

and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

Bookmark for the latest pet health news, anti-aging tips and updates for your dogs and cats

Arthritis in Cats

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Have you noticed your cat seems to no longer enjoy some previous activities, like bird watching from a window sill, or nosing through your kitchen cabinets? If he or she prefers to lie at your feet as opposed to reigning supreme on the back of a cushioned sofa as he’s done for years, or refuses to follow you up the stairs, you may need to consider that your feline friend could be suffering from arthritis.

Feline arthritis is common in older cats or those who have experienced a trauma such as an accident in previous years. Decreased activity, reluctance to climb stairs, and perhaps even avoiding the litter box in favor of other areas can all be signs of arthritis in your cat. Because arthritis destroys the cartilage and connective tissue between bones and joints, the cat will experience pain when moving and opt to remain sedentary or avoid jarring movements such as jumping or climbing.

Traditional treatments for feline arthritis involve the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids. While these treatments are somewhat effective in reducing pain, they also carry the risk of potentially serious side effects. Natural treatments for feline arthritis are available that have no side effects and offer similar benefits.

To prevent arthritis in cats, owners are advised to feed a nutritious diet and keep cats at a healthy weight. Obesity and genetics (in addition to age and trauma) are leading causes for the development of arthritis in cats. Supplementing your cat’s daily diet with an anti-aging supplement can also retard the development of conditions such as arthritis.

Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher,  Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health questions and pet health consultations for dogs and/ or cats.
Contact Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dog and/or cat today.

Rimadyl Alert: Dog Arthritis Pain

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Is your Pet taking Rimadyl to relieve Arthritis Pain? Has Rimadyl been prescribed for your Cat’s Arthritis? If your dog or cat is taking Rimadyl, Carprofen, Vetprofen or Novox, pet owners should be aware of the risks associated with giving this drug.

Rimadyl, which is also marketed under the names: Carprofen, Vetprofen and Novox,  is a drug prescribed by veterinarians to help relieve pet arthritis and joint pain in dogs and cats. Rimadyl is member of a group of drugs, classified as a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug’s, which veterinarian’s refer to as NSAID’s.

Rimadyl in dogs and cats has caused many serious, adverse side effects, one of which is sudden death. Other adverse reactions of Rimadyl may include liver and kidney damage as well as paralysis.

The Rimadyl Class Action Law Suit was settled in 1999, just 2 years after Rimadyl hit the pet market. As a result, today veterinarians are required to hand pet owners a disclosure form which states that “Rimadyl can cause death.”

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18 Year Old Cat Gets New Natural Lease on Life!

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Hello Cat Lovers, I want to share this note I received with all of you:

Two weeks ago, I received a desperate phone call from a woman with an 18 year old cat, named Angel. Angel was on the verge of being euthanized because her owner and her vet had run out of ideas to help her.

Angel had suffered a broken pelvis from being hit by a car several years ago and then developed such severe arthritis, not only was she unable to climb into her litter box, now she had stopped eating and wasn’t even able to pass stool on her own.

She was told that the arthritis was so advanced; it had resulted in narrowing of her pelvic canal to the point where she could not defecate on her own. She had been hospitalized twice, was put on IV fluids and given enemas to try to relieve her constipation. The problem was that as soon as she went home the problem recurred.

Hi Dr. Carol,

I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you so much for your help with my 18 year old cat, Angel.  She has passed her bowels 3 times since I last talked to you and she no longer struggles to go.  She is bright and alert and looks just so happy.  She is coming down stairs several times a day when before she never did.  Her coat looks cleaner and smoother.  I am so thankful and I am sure Angel is too.  Karen

Not being sure if she was going to make it, now I can’t believe she has recovered so quickly.  She is right next to me now watching me type.  It’s amazing. I haven’t talked to my vet yet, he is on vacation and doesn’t return until Friday and the other vets there I really don’t have faith in.  My vet that was one who told me to call you is only there 2 days a week.  I know he will be very pleased to hear how well Angel is doing.

I don’t know exactly what’s responsible for her sudden turnaround…maybe a combination of everything.  However; the very first day that I gave her the Paaws, she started to walk a bit better.  Giving her only wet food with the veggies, as you suggested, is definitely helping to soften her stools and it seems to be making it easier for her to have a bowel movement.

I will start giving her the hip and joint tonight in her food.  I would definitely have to say the Paaws worked wonders because that is the only thing that she has been on for any length of time. She had a bowel movement on Thursday and Friday and then one today.

She walked up and down the stairs several times today, which she never, ever did before.

For an 18 year old cat with arthritis she is doing fabulously!  She doesn’t fall over any more when she walks.  It’s just amazing.

I have attached a picture of Angel, and if you would like to share this on your site it is fine with me.

Again I am so thankful for all of your help and for your Paaws product!!

Thank you.  Karen M.

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Holistic veterinarian and author, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health consultations and pet health questions. Contact Dr. Carol Toll Free at 1-866-372-2765.

Improved Health Care & Diet-Lots of Love-Help Pets Live Longer

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Read about Dr. Carol’s PAAWS Pet Vitamins, PAAWS Clinical Trials for Dogs and Cats, and Pets Living Longer in the Wisconsin State JournalDr. Carol Osborne, DVM Online Newspaper!

Pet Product Offers Natural Relief for Dog Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia

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Letters like this really make this veterinarian’s day and I wanted to share this note I received with all of my pet loving friends!

maria a. cory dog german shephard 12 22 09

Dr. Carol,

My 2 dogs, Cory and Mozart have been on PAAWS for about 15 days and I already notice a BIG improvement in their mobility.

Cory is a German Shepherd. She is 14 years old and has hip dysplasia and arthritis. Mozart, my 12 year old Labrador Retriever also has arthritis and his hind legs were pretty stiff.

In 15 days, Mozart is starting to prance when we go on walks and Cory just ran to the back of my backyard in a foot of snow as she heard kids going by to play. All I have to say is that I have ordered a year’s supply of PAAWS vitamins today!


One other benefit, Cory used to be depressed and I can tell that PAAWS is putting her in a good mood each day. It must be the Vitamin B12 as I notice when I take it I feel energetic and happy too!
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Pet Anti-Aging Wellness Medicine: A New Reality!

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Over the last decade advances in veterinary medicine have nearly doubled the canine life span. The technological innovations we now offer for pets, parallel those available for people, reaching far beyond our previous expectations. What are the factors limiting longevity in pets? What impact do anti-oxidant supplementation and dietary intervention have on lengthening healthy life spans for pets? Successful techniques for rejuvenating the body and lengthening life spans in people have been documented. Would similar strategies prove effective for dogs?

george -the night before

George, a 7 year old Dalmatian not only suffered from severe arthritis, he was also paralyzed, due to a spinal injury. Surgery cost was estimated at $4000, with no guarantee of success and little hope of him ever walking again. George’s owners, Don and Pam Brennan were devastated and sadly carried George out of the office that day on a stretcher. He couldn’t even stand up to go to the bathroom. With tears streaming down their faces, they knew it was the end. They spent that night together saying their final goodbyes. VL13

The next morning a friend told them about ongoing clinical trials of an anti-aging pet product. This was their last chance. They had nothing to lose, so they gave it a try. George takes Paaws

Within 30 days, George was out in the front yard playing with the other dogs. He was back to the way he used to be, playful like a puppy. George enjoyed several healthy, happy years thereafter. Pam and Don were thrilled-they got their dog back! VL19

Anti-Aging medicine, although not yet formally recognized by the AVMA, is the newest clinical medical specialty offered to human physicians. So, why wouldn’t this be applicable for veterinarians as well?
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Natural Hormone Therapy for Pets?

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Hormones naturally decline as people age… but what about hormones in our pets? In general, and as televised by Oprah herself, hormones are needed by the body and brain to grow, sustain life and function normally. Specifically, the female hormones of importance are estrogen and progesterone and in males testosterone dominates.

Have you ever wondered why so many pets are dying of cancer, suffering from obesity related issues, including arthritis and/or diagnosed with diabetes?

Aging Senior Dogs
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Cats Purr for PAAWS Pet Product

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Hi Dr. Carol,

We didn’t get Belles paaws vitamins and after a few days I panicked and re-ordered, this time I signed up for 2 months worth at a time. I think they all came in the same day. This way we just figure we will always be ahead and won’t run out.

Her arthritis is much better and now she enjoys playing again and is able to climb in and out of her litter box, so no more “accidents.”

Belle love’s the new flavor, at night all I have to say is “Belle come get your nigh nigh pill” and she is right there! Same with her morning paaws vitamin.

We are delighted with your product and appreciate all your help and excellent advice.

Thank you,
Jackie K.
Ontario, Canada

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