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Feature July 2016 Issue

Can Joint Supplements Be Helpful?

The array of choices on a pet store’s shelves can be daunting. Be sure to seek your veterinarian’s input before treating your cat with supplements.

Can Joint Supplements Be Helpful?

A lack of FDA approval makes it more challenging when choosing one of these products, but experts feel that omega-3 fatty acids are the most beneficial.

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine —including an improved understanding of feline nutrition — cats are living longer these days. But these extended life spans also mean that many cats are more likely to develop arthritis. This painful and potentially crippling joint disease is a predominantly age-related condition.

In one study, researchers carefully analyzed X-rays of the spines and limbs of 100 middle-aged or elderly cats living in U.S. homes. The images revealed that 90 percent…

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