Enhancing quality of life: An integral role of trace minerals in joint health

Providing the animal nutrition industry with exceptional trace mineral technologies for more than 50 years remains at the core of the Zinpro Corporation mission. Trace minerals are vital in maintaining the joint health and well-being of all animals, including our pets.

Among many physiological roles, trace minerals are key to creating a strong foundation and maintaining joint health throughout life. Joint health is a top concern in the pet industry, and for good reason. The prevalence of developmental joint disorders eventually leading to diseases such as osteoarthritis can be up to 80% in dogs and 90% in cats, with these numbers increasing with age. Early signs of joint disorders often go undetected, especially in cats, due to a lack of clinical manifestations. Inflammation and pain lead to reduced mobility, lameness, and, ultimately, a substantial reduction in our pets’ quality of life.

Nutrition and body condition are established factors contributing to companion animal longevity and quality of life. Optimising these aspects reduces metabolic imbalances that cause inflammation and joint stress. However, due to the covert nature of joint disease development, interventions are often unimplemented until our pets show outward signs of discomfort. The disease, by this stage, has progressed to symptom management, rather than resolution. Joint diseases like osteoarthritis are lifelong, putting strain on pet parents, both emotionally and financially.

Click here to read the full article by Dr Cinzia Boggino Scavone and Dr Allison Millican in issue 9 of 2023 of the PETXPERT e-magazine.

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Robyn Joubert is the marketing manager at Chemuniqué, contact Robyn at 074 252 3333 / robyn@chemunique.co.za.

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