Federal Government (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) does
not mandate that ingredients used in pet food be inspected.
A handful of states do impose that requirement on manufacturers
but they are the minority. So where does that leave you?
of the quality pet food manufacturers have taken
it upon themselves to inspect ingredients to ensure what they
perceive as high quality. Since inferior ingredients
will leave a pet with a weakened immune system, it is important
for those suffering from arthritis conditions be fed quality
food. That would lead you to the conclusion that if you want
the best, you have to buy the best.
quality food is an issue when dealing with arthritis in pets
and your budget is stretched to the limit, the first stop
is usually at one of those large discount warehouse stores.
Usually, you will find quality pet foods in bulk that dont
break your wallet.
Raw Food Option
if you do not have financial considerations, a raw-food diet
(or, one that is included in your regular feeding) is an excellent
choice. As we all know, dogs and cats who live in the wild
eat raw food on a regular basis. Including it in your feeding
regimen is a great idea.
foods contain the vitamins and minerals that are necessary
to assist in building strong immune functions and managing
osteoarthritis. As well, raw foods are full of living enzymes
that cooking normally destroys. Lets look at this simple
example of what we are talking about.
enzyme protease breaks down protein; amylase acts on starch
and lipase digests fats. These very substances also assist
in preventing arthritis. The bottom line is that good, solid
nutrition supports healthy joints and enzymes guarantee that
joints receive sufficient nourishment.
the guidelines for 1/3 quantities outlined above, it is very
easy to prepare some simple, inexpensive raw food meals that
will help to ensure that your pet maintains a healthy joint
Guide to Glucosamine Products for Pets