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Thank you Sarah Kirkwood for the photos of your very talented Agility dogs. Joint Performance has proudly sponsored Sarah and her team for a number of years. Sarah saying "We’re doing our best to stay fit while staying at home, Spice enjoying a lot of naps by the fire, everybody else doing as many walks as we can to keep fitness up, as well as training at home." ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Sarah Kirkwood for the photos of your very talented Agility dogs.  Joint Performance has proudly sponsored Sarah and her team for a number of years.  Sarah saying We’re doing our best to stay fit while staying at home, Spice enjoying a lot of naps by the fire, everybody else doing as many walks as we can to keep fitness up, as well as training at home.Image attachment

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The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.

Much like a person’s fingerprint, a dog’s nose print is unique.

Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so does the dog’s.

When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.
Source: Healthy Pet

All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens.

The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.

A group of pugs is called a “grumble.”

While cats have around only 473 taste buds, dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000.

Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.

They’re also blind and deaf at birth.
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Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water, where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt. They can even detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person’s breath.

Dogs can smell about 1,000-10,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.

Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth.
Source: Vetstreet

Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.
Source: Healthy Pet

The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.

Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8’ 3″ from his nose to his tail.
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To ensure that your dog can have fun, same as the dogs in the photos, it is vital that their joint wellbeing is cared for and maintained for strength and long term health.
Our performance range Canine Joint Support Formula 2 provide very high levels of actives that occur naturally in the joints of dogs.
Not all forms of Glucosamine and Chondroitin are the same and their effectiveness varies greatly.
Similarly some herbal and oil based joint supplements act only as anti-inflammatories and while useful in the short term do not address the cause of joint and cartilage degeneration.
The actives used by Joint Performance are of the highest international pharmaceutical grade and of the correct molecular structure to ensure bio-availability and absorption into the target tissues.
THIS IS WHY OUR JOINT SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS ARE SO EFFECTIVE AT IMPROVING JOINT HEALTH.
They provide the essential building blocks that help maintain, repair and protect the joints and cartilage from damage resulting from wear and tear, ageing, trauma etc (Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease). Purchases can be made from our website www.jointperformance.com.,au/shopnow Thank you to Pexels, Sarah and Ash for the great photos.
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Received some fabulous photos of Sarah's agility team, Seeker, Scream and now the baby of the team, Switch. Spice has now retired from agility but still enjoying being part of the fun exercise regime. Seeker and Scream finished 2019 being awarded their Club's Excellent and Masters Trialing Dog. Not to be outdone, Spice competed in the Rally Obedience at the Border Collie Nationals in October. Had great fun and trotted away with 2nd place in the advanced section.
Joint Performance is a proud sponsor of Sarah Kirkwood and her team. Looking forward to the trials in 2020 where we can donate prizes and talk to people about our canine supplement. Looking after your dog's joints is vital to their overall wellbeing. Visit www.jointperformance.com.au/shop to purchase our joint support supplement.
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Joint Performance Canine Joint Support Formula Two can now be purchased on eBay. Under the category Canine Joint Supplement. Same as buying from our website, postage is included in the price. ... See MoreSee Less

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How do you know if your dog has arthritis?

Dogs suffer from sore muscles just like people do. If you notice your dog is lethargic after some recent extended physical activity, your dog may be trying to tell you that they are sore. If your dog spends much of the time on a couch or curled up on the floor, but then goes for a long extended run or walk with their human companions – your dog may be simply become overexerted. Long stretches of inactivity coupled with short bursts of activity can play havoc with your dog’s body. So if you see signs of lethargy, this could be a simple case of too much exercise in too short a time period.

However, if you notice that your dog is beginning to show signs of reticence prior to doing exercise, if your beloved friend no longer seems to want to hurry out the door and chase after your ball – you should take some time to analyse what may be happening. If you notice limping, or favoring one or more of legs or any difficulty in moving this may be a sign of the beginning of arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Likewise if you notice some irritability or licking or chewing and biting of limbs or any muscle atrophy – this may be a sign of arthritic changes. Just as in humans, arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints can be very painful for your dog.

But arthritis is not only found in older dogs. Even younger dogs, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritic changes can also occur in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a tender or sore neck, an abnormal posture with a hunched back, or lameness of one or both hind legs. If your dog finds it difficult to get into and out of the car or has difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable – it may be time to consult your veterinarian for advice.

We all love our pets – but they can’t tell us when they are sore. Keep an eye on your “best friends” and always be proactive when it comes to your dog’s health. Prevention is always better than cure and Joint Performance Canine Joint Support Formula 2 provides the essential building blocks for joint health. Our supplements help maintain, repair and protect the joints and cartilage from damage resulting from wear and tear, ageing and trauma in both senior and younger dogs. This is why Joint Performance products are so effective at improving joint health.

News from Sarah Kirkwood

Seeker recently gained his Agility Champion title at only 5 years of age. This is the highest award available in agility in Australia and is something very few dogs achieve. It requires consistent results in the highest level of competition and lots of hard work. He has consistently won and placed in Masters Agility and Masters Jumping classes, allowing him to earn the required points to be classed as an Agility Champion. Thank you to Joint Performance for supporting him from a young age and helping to keep him fit to play the game.

So what are articular joints…?

An articular capsule is an envelope surrounding a synovial joint

Joints are a relatively simple structures composed of articular surfaces (moving surfaces) that come together within a capsule called a joint capsule.

It should be noted that there are no blood vessels, lymphatic channels, or nerves that enter or pass through joints. The two articular surfaces of the bone are covered in a very tough and sheer resistant tissue called hyaline articular cartilage (HAC).  In order for joints to move, the two opposing surfaces need to glide over each other with minimal effort, and lubrication is central to this process. The cartilage covering the bone has a thin layer of hyper-hydrated proteinaceous material adherening to the surface of the cartilage. This proteinaceous material is made of proteoglycans, which is essentially a combination of proteins and a special type of sugar molecule called glycosaminoglycan (GAG).  It is the proteoglycan within the proteinaceous layer that provides hydration and lubrication to the cartilage surface. What this means is that when the joint is ‘functionally normal’, cartilage does not touch cartilage. Instead the layer of hyper-hydrated proteinaceous molecules interfaces with similar material on the opposing surface. Under load bearing conditions this boundary “weeps” water into the synovial fluid thereby dissipating the pressure. When load bearing conditions cease, the water is reabsorbed and the proteoglycans are again hyper-hydrated.

The other aspect to lubrication and protection of the joint is synovial fluid.The synovial membrane is the inner layer of the joint capsule. This membrane secretes a thick fluid called synovia that serves to lubricate moving parts and nourish the cartilage surface. Healthy synovial fluid is essentially a thick viscous substance made up of plasma filtrate (blood) along with synovia, and is the major source of nutrients for the cartilage tissue and its repair.