Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease (DJD), including hip dysplasia, can be painful for dogs, especially big breeds. But like humans, dogs have over-the-counter supplements that can alleviate pain and increase joint mobility.
Why Supplements Help
Dogs with osteoarthritis or DJD have little or no cartilage cushioning the bones in their joints. As cartilage wears away, bones rub on bone, causing pain. The ligaments and muscles around the joints also loosen and become weaker. All of this causes difficulty walking, getting up or lying down.
Two natural ingredients produced by the body, Glucosamine and Chondroitin, keep cartilage and joints healthy. But as the body ages, it produces less glucosamine, which affects joint mobility. By restoring these elements, a supplement can help counter these symptoms.
How Glucosamine Helps
A supplement with glucosamine uses anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe the painful symptoms of arthritis and DJD. It restores glucosamine levels to help improve joint health and flexibility in dogs with arthritis. It also acts as a helpful preventative for elderly dogs at high risk for arthritis.
Can Supplements Help Your Dog?
Check with your veterinarian, but supplements may benefit your dog if he is elderly or has arthritis. Different formulations and strengths are available.
- Preventative – These supplements have low levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin and are suitable for older dogs with a high risk of arthritis.
- Intermediate – The addition of MSM helps this formula provide more relief from joint pain and helps glucosamine do its job more effectively.
- Advanced – Advanced formulations also include Hyaluronic Acid, which helps strengthen tissue and improve cartilage resilience.
If your dog suffers from arthritis, consider joint supplements to help relieve his pain, improve his flexibility and increase his comfort.
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