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When my doctor first advised me to wear neoprene knee sleeves to treat my osteoarthritis, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. I mean, how much support and pain relief could a flimsy piece of equipment like that provide? But after wearing the knee brace for just a few days, I found myself eating crow.

During my next visit to the doctor, she informed me that the warmth and compression from the neoprene brace prevents swelling and promotes blood flow to the knee, which facilitates the transportation of oxygen and nutrients. And while the brace may not look like it, it actually provides a good deal of stabilization around the joint. Best of all, it’s affordable and simple, unlike other remedies I’ve tried for my OA.

OA Effects Your Pets Too

OA Effects Your Pets Too

Aging cats and dogs are effected by osteoarthritis just like us.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is usually caused by wear and tear in older dogs.  Canines are prone to hip and knee arthritis.  And it usually shows itself as pain, swelling and stiffness.  Treatments for OA in dogs are similar to humans – decrease their weight, provide gentle exercise (your dog will tell you how much he/she can handle) and regulate their diet.

Cats do not present with the same symptoms as dogs.  They are also better at hiding their pain.  Seeing that cats sleep 13 to 16 hours per day you really have to pay attention to see if they are hurting.  A good measure of their joint health is to see if they jump as high or as often as they usually do.

Glucosamine is recommended to stimulate joint function and relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis in cats, dogs, horses, and humans!  Glucosamine is an important component of cartilage and is usually used in conjunction with chondroitin.

Nutramax, the manufacturer of CosaminDS, a glucosamine and chondroitin osteoarthritis supplement has a veterinarian division.  The company actually started as a manufacturer of a veterinarian joint supplements called Cosequin.  It wasn’t until a reporter for the New York Times wrote a story about how great the supplement worked for her dog that the products for human consumption took off!