Seeing your pet running, jumping, and playing is a great joy for any pet owner. Fun activities and regular exercise are vital to your pet’s well-being.
That’s why it is important to support your pet’s joint health from an early age. Some of the best ways to support your pet’s joints are to maintain a healthy weight and give your pet regular exercise.
It is also vital to feed a balanced diet containing polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants from an early age. Natural Balance® All Life Stages diets are designed to support healthy bone and joint development, so they’re excellent for getting your pet off to a great start.
Explore the FAQs for more tips on how to support your pet’s joint health throughout their life!
What type of diet should I feed my pet to help support healthy joints?
It is important to feed a diet that is balanced for your pet’s specific life stage. Puppies and kittens, for instance, should be fed a diet that is balanced for growth or All Life Stages.
This will help your pet avoid deficiencies or excesses of certain nutrients.
Which Natural Balance® diets contain nutrients that will help support my young pet’s joint health?
To help support healthy joints, it is important to feed a balanced diet containing polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant nutrients from an early age.
A balanced diet with proper levels of protein and minerals is also extremely important. Our All Life Stages diets are designed to support healthy bone and joint development. These diets, which include most of our Original Ultra® Whole Body Health® Formulas and our LID Limited Ingredient Diets® Formulas, will get your pet off to a great start.
What types of exercise can benefit the health of my pet’s joints?
Light activities such as walking or swimming may benefit your pet by supporting a healthy body weight, maintaining muscle tone, and circulating blood to joints.
If your pet seems to be in pain during normal exercise or activity, please speak to your veterinarian as other medical conditions may be present.
How can my pet’s body weight affect his or her joint health?
If your pet is overweight or obese, that excess body weight can strain his or her joints.
Natural Balance® Reduced Calorie Formulas and our Fat Dogs® and Fat Cats® Low Calorie Formulas are designed to help your pet achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
How else can I support my adult pet’s joint health?
The nutrients glucosamine and chondroitin have also been shown to support joint health. Currently, two types of our functional treats for adult dogs contain these nutrients: L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats® Hip & Joint Jerky, and our L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats® Jumpin’ Stix.
When feeding treats to your pet, remember that the amount of calories coming from treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake.