The answer to that question lies DEEP beneath the surface. There are a handful of critical elements needed for healthy, mobile joints.
When we have young, playful pups, we don’t have to worry about this as much. But as our dog’s age, these pieces become more and more important. Especially if we want our dog to keep young, healthy joints.
See, the majority of our dog’s joints are “Synovial joints”. These types of joints can be “ball and socket”, hinge, or gliding types. Like humans, synovial joints have a smooth barrier of cartilage between their bones, that lets their joints move WITHOUT rough bone on bone rubbing.
As our dogs age, most suffer from a decrease in cartilage and tissue quality. This creates an inflammatory response and sets off a series of all types of unwanted side effects.
And it happens because of many different factors including: stress, sleep quality, air pollutants, physical activity, and genetics.
There are 2 main culprits behind our dog’s joint pain, tightness, stiffness
According to The National Institute of Health, the 2 biggest culprits behind joint pain and stiffness are:
Degenerative Decline. Regular wear and tear that crumbles their protective cartilage–until there’s no barrier and bones run on each other.
Unhealthy Inflammation. Joint tissue swells until it balloons, pushes against the sides, and they can’t move. This is when our dog’s joints become stiff, stuck, and it’s hard for them to move.
As you can see, it’s not just ONE thing. It’s the COMBINATION of factors that causes an accelerated joint breakdown.
When these things happen, our dog’s joints start to tighten, stiffen, and lock up. Which causes all sorts of issues like: