Certain nutrients can actually diminish the effects of osteoarthritis in your dog. One compound known as EPA has been shown to help reduce inflammation.

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Specialty diets prescribed by a veterinarian may contain many beneficial nutrients. These diets can contain high levels of EPA, but also glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

Antioxidants in your dog's diet will also protect joints. Canine diets can contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, selenium and carotene

Check with your vet.Your vet can advise you not only on the benefits of a special diet, but also on how to introduce your dog to new food.

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Physical Rehabilitation:

Your veterinarian can guide you with rehabilitation techniques that can relieve pain, improve muscle strength, and promote cartilage, tendon and ligament health.

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Exercise:

Taking your canine pal out for a daily workout will keep her weight under control, her muscles strong and joints limber. If she has osteoarthritis, you may need to take shorter walks, or skip the Frisbee®.

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