Glucosomine When Your Pet Needs an Extra Boost

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Would you believe that dogs suffer from many of the same ailments as humans? It’s true; your dog could very well be suffering from arthritis that makes a drastic impact on their movement and actions.

As your dog ages, the odds of them are suffering from arthritis increases dramatically bringing bouts of severe joint pain. You now have access to a supplement that will get your pet up and running in no time at all.

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Glucosamine is a drug that helps rebuild the cartilage your dog needs in order to run around and play and remain active. Arthritis, often referred as osteoarthritis, is a degenerative joint disease that impact the joints.

Joints in both humans and animals work in the same fashion. Imagine an old squeaky door hinge that stops squeaking after you apply the oil. Joints riddled with arthritis function in the same manner.

During the puppy stage, a dog’s body can heal damaged joints on their own rather quickly. However, once your dog begins to age, the healing process slows to a crawl.

Over the years of constant activity and repetitive moment, your pets tendons and ligaments begin to stretch. With time, this will lead to the breaking down of the cartilage, allowing bone to rub against bone causing excruciating pain and discomfort.

This process is the overall big picture of what osteoarthritis does to both humans and dogs. Treating your pet’s symptoms is vital for improving her quality of life.

What is a safe dosage?

When administering Glucosamine to your dogs, the recommended dose will vary with each animal. A regular dosage of Glucosamine averages 10 mg per pound.

The product is typically bought in 500 mg pills or tablets. So, if you have a pet that weighs fifty pounds his dosage would be one pill of 500 mg. It’s always better to under medicate than overdosing due to guessing.

If you find it to be a struggle giving glucosamine for dogs in pill form, you can also buy it in liquid form. Play close attention to the dosage, measure the exact amount as you would administer in pill form.

What to expect

Gradually, you will see positive changes in your dog’s general overall health, but, mostly in his ability to run and jump. However, if you don’t see improvements you should take your dog to see a vet.

Other than Glucosamine, other natural options such as Omega-3 fish oil for arthritis symptoms. For dogs that suffer from chronic osteoarthritis, prescription pain relief may be necessary if she cannot function alone.

If at all possible, avoiding painkillers are the best route to go in aiding your dog. Many stronger painkillers have severe side effects when used with dogs.

Side effects

While side effects are rare, it is important to understand what common behaviors to keep a watch for and report to your vet. All effects are mild and usually stop as soon as discontinuing the medication.

  • -Constipation
  • -Rash
  • -Headaches
  • -Upset stomach

All are mild common issues to keep a close watch for in order to discontinue as soon as they becomes apparent.

Conclusion

Keeping your dog active in order to maintain proper weight will help in slowing down the deterioration of the tendons and ligaments. Make sure you keep her up to date on all her shots and give her lots of love.

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Poor Nutrition Increases Risk for Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (commonly known as TB) is a common infectious disease, which is often fatal, causes by various strains of mycobacteria, most common being Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis commonly involve lungs, however other organs (such as skin, gastrointestinal tract, bones, kidneys, brain etc.) may also be involved. Diet and nutrition plays an important role in tuberculosis.
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The prognosis as well as disease progression depends to a great extent on dietary and nutritional factors. Poor nutritional status of an individual indicate poor prognostic outcome and poor nutritional status also make an individual more vulnerable to acquire TB infection.

Under nutrition is one of the important risk factors of developing TB, although it is not very clear, if under nutrition predisposes TB or TB predisposes under nutrition. Whatever may be the fact, there is a vicious cycle of poverty, under nutrition and TB. This cycle need to be broken for successfully controlling TB, especially in developing countries. Appearance of HIV has complicated the scenario of TB, especially in Western countries. In fact due to HIV, TB has staged a comeback in most Western countries. TB and HIV complement each other and propagate each other. HIV weakens immune system, which can be easily broken by TB and cause serious infection. Nutritional deficiencies are commonly seen in poor and underdeveloped countries, where incidence of TB is also high and resources for treatment limited. Read more…

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Posted by admin - September 17, 2014 at 15:23

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Understanding Nail Fungus Infection

ID-100160221Nail fungus infection is fairly common health problem. It usually start as a small yellowish or white spot under your toenail or fingernail. If disease is not recognized and left untreated, it causes the nail to thicken, discolor and edges of the affected nail may crumble, due to involvement of deeper side of the nail. Nail fungus infection (usually caused by dermatophyte fungus) may affect single nail or it may affect multiple nails, but it usually do not affect all the nails. If it does not bother/trouble you or it remains as a small spot in nail, you may not need nail fungus treatment. If your nail fungus infection is causing trouble and the affected nails becomes thickened or discolored or painful you need to get appropriate nail fungus treatment and get your nail fungus cured. After successful nail fungus cure, the condition may come again due to fresh nail fungus infection, which can be reduced or prevented by taking measures to prevent nail fungus infection.

Medical term for nail fungus infection is “onychomycosis” and tinea unguium. Sometimes along with nail fungus infection of toenails, the fungal infection may also affect the areas in between your toes and this condition is called “athletes foot”. The causative agents are usually the same fungus.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus infection?

The symptoms of nail fungus infection may vary from person to person. Some persons may have toenails and some may have fingernail infection. Read more…

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Posted by admin - September 16, 2014 at 15:11

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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

ID-100279751Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a common (as common as 1 in 5 adults) gastrointestinal health (that affects large intestine colon) problem affecting large number of individuals. IBS various symptoms, such as bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, gas in the intestine and diarrhea and/or constipation. Some individuals may have alternating diarrhea and constipation. As, IBS is a chronic health problem, it need to be managed long term and unfortunately it does not have satisfactory and effective treatment. Although IBS is highly troublesome condition, it usually does not lead to serious problems such as colorectal cancer, which may be seen in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Majority of patients with IBS can be managed well with dietary changes, lifestyle modification and stress management, although some require medication and counseling.

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome:

The symptoms of IBS vary widely among patient to patient. Some patients have only mild symptoms and some have more serious symptoms. Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Bloating in abdomen
  • Gas in abdomen (gastrointestinal tract)
  • Mucus in stool
  • Abdominal pain or abdominal cramp
  • Gastrocolic reflex (which is urge for bowel movement after every meal, commonly morning meal, an embarrassing situation indeed)
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation. Some patients have diarrhea, some have constipation and some have alternating diarrhea and constipation

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Posted by admin - September 15, 2014 at 13:35

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How to Tell When Hip Replacement Surgery Is Necessary

Hip replacement surgery is a fairly common procedure; the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases cites research that more than 330,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. Still, if you live with severe pain due to arthritis or other hip joint damage, determining when surgery is truly necessary can be challenging. According to the NIAMS, if you meet the following criteria, hip surgery may be the optimal choice.

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Your Hip Problems Affect Your Daily Life

If pain and immobility resulting from a hip problem are interfering with your daily activities, it may be time to think about surgery. To evaluate how significantly your hip problems are affecting you, consider the following questions:

  • Is discomfort or limited mobility restricting necessary daily activities, such as working, traveling, or performing self-care routines?
  • Is your hip condition producing other physical issues by preventing you from exercising or placing extra stress on other joints?
  • Is chronic pain causing problems such as sleep loss, depression, or anxiety?

If the answer to at least one of these questions is yes, you should consider speaking with a doctor about hip replacement surgery. Read more…

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Posted by admin - September 13, 2014 at 13:30

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Essential Tips To Avoid Contracting Debilitating Illnesses

As we age, we worry more about illnesses that we can get. Some of the most common illnesses include muscular dystrophy, arthritis, left sided heart failure, and dementia. There are certain risk factors that make some of us more prone to have these illnesses than others, but there are certain things that we can do in order to lessen the chances of getting these debilitating illnesses that can hinder our day-to-day lives.

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Here are some essential tips you can do in order to avoid contracting debilitating illnesses:

  • Nutrition And Diet – The first rule is to make wise choices when it comes to food. Your body needs to have the right nutrients in order for it to function properly. Avoid the intake of empty calories and trans fat that will not give you the nutrients that you need. Stay away from sugar, alcoholic beverages, and salt. Increase your intake of vegetables, fresh fruits, grains, and fish. It would help to consult a nutritionist, so that you can have a balanced diet that is fit for your body’s needs.
  • Quit Smoking – If you are a smoker, and a heavy one at that, it is time to quit smoking. When it comes to smoking, it is never to late to quit. There are several benefits that your body can get as soon as you quit smoking. For instance, your heart rate drops 20 minutes after your last cigarette. In the long run, one year of not smoking reduces the risk of getting heart disease by half. Quitting may be difficult, but if you make the commitment, you will be able to reap the rewards of being smoke-free.

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