Research has proven that pets develop arthritis much more slowly if they receive joint supplements in their youth, and throughout their lives. Supplements nourish and protect joint cartilage which often helps pets with arthritis experience less pain. Look for supplements that contain glucosamine and chondroitin which are considered the best joint nutrition available; they help joint cartilage stay moist and lubricated, and stimulate joint cells to make repairs if damage has occurred. Studies also confirm that glucosamine and chondroitin alleviate stiffness and pain. Because they actually change the joint, it takes 1-2 months before improvement is obvious. Unlike nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDs), they do not cause kidney or liver damage.
Rheumatologists have particular skills in the evaluation of the over 100 forms of arthritis and have special interests in inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative arthritis, spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis , systemic lupus erythematosus , antiphospholipid syndrome , Still's disease , dermatomyositis , Sjögren's syndrome , vasculitis , scleroderma , mixed connective tissue disease , sarcoidosis , Lyme disease , osteomyelitis , osteoarthritis, back pain , gout, pseudogout, relapsing polychondritis , Henoch-Schönlein purpura , serum sickness , reactive arthritis, Kawasaki disease , fibromyalgia , erythromelalgia, Raynaud's disease , growing pains, iritis , osteoporosis , reflex sympathetic dystrophy , and others.