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What is Sarcopenia In Dogs

Sarcopenia is a condition characterized by the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength. It can contribute to muscle atrophy in dogs by causing a gradual decline in the size and function of the skeletal muscles as dogs age, several factors contribute to the development of sarcopenia. These include hormonal changes, reduced protein synthesis, increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and a decrease in the number and size of muscle fibers.Sarcopenia leads to muscle atrophy in dogs through various mechanisms:1. Muscle Fiber Loss: With sarcopenia, there is a reduction in the number of muscle fibers. This loss of muscle fibers directly contributes to muscle atrophy.

2. Decreased Muscle Protein Synthesis: Ageing dogs have reduced rates of muscle protein synthesis, making it challenging for their muscles to maintain or build mass. This leads to muscle wasting and atrophy.

3. Increase in Muscle Fat Infiltration: Sarcopenia causes an increase in fat infiltration within the muscle tissue. This fat infiltration replaces muscle fibers and reduces muscle mass, leading to muscle atrophy.

4. Impaired Muscle Function: Sarcopenia affects the function of the muscle fibers, resulting in decreased muscle strength and endurance. This can further contribute to muscle deterioration and atrophy. Preventing or managing sarcopenia in dogs involves regular exercise, a balanced diet with adequate protein intake, appropriate veterinary care, Using Hench Range Muscle Products can help . These measures can help maintain muscle mass and delay the onset of muscle atrophy associated with ageing.

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