It may surprise you to know that the BMC Veterinary Research
team announced an alarming discovery: 4 Out of 5 Dogs Over the Age of 7 Are Suffering from Some Form of Joint Related Pain.
Sad, but unfortunately true. Since they can’t get their paws on a pain reliever and the doc just can’t understand their pain-in-the-bark symptoms, many our four-legged friends are going through a life of pain.
As a matter of fact, dogs actually try to keep their pain a secret, so even if we did all learn the dog language, our stubborn pups probably wouldn’t tell us anyways, but why?
Why do our dogs hide their pain?
In short; survival. Dogs are pack animals and in the pack, any dog that appeared to be sick, or injured, would get left behind. This mentality is wired in to the brain of each and every dog, with the shared belief that if they showed us pain, WE would leave them behind.
As pet parents, we will never be able to convince our dogs to display their pain and tell us what’s going on, but there is something you can do. For years now, veterinarians have been recommending joint health supplements enriched in glucosamine, chondroitin, and now, MSM. Clinical studies have proven that ingredients like glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM can reduce inflamed joint pain in canines with osteoarthritis.