Dog Joint Supplements

Joint problems are common among the canine population. They can be attributed to obesity, injury, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and genetics. Fortunately, dog joint supplements can help prevent joint problems, restore weakened joints and alleviate the pain.

Signs of Dog Joint Problems

A look at some of the signs will help you to detect if your dog is experiencing problems with their joints.

  • Awkward movement
  • Stiffness
  • Whimpering when moving or standing
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Decreased activity

What Types of Supplements Are Available

There are prescription medications available to treat dog joint problems. However, there are adverse side effects associated with some of the prescription medications. Side effects can include vomiting, ulcers, liver problems, kidney problems and excessive urination. Because of this, many pet owners are choosing to use natural supplements to cure their dog's joint problems. While side effects of natural supplements are rare, supplements given with food can usually reduce the risk of side effects.

Some of the supplements available include:

  • Cosequin uses two main ingredients: Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Glucosamine helps to build cartilage in the joints. Chondroitin is responsible for the production of cartilage in the joints. Used together, they create a powerful force at treating and preventing dog joint problems
  • Glyco-Flex contains Glucosamine and Perna Canaliculus, which is an edible shellfish found in New Zealand. After the perna mussel tissue has been prepared, it is processed into a fine powder and added to joint supplement products. It has been found to be very effective in treating dog joint problems.
  • Glyco-C-Mine Vitamin Supplement works the same as Glyco-Flex, except that it has added Vitamin C for stronger bone health.
  • SynoviCre uses Creatine as its main ingredient. Creatine is altered by the body and used as storage for quick energy. It helps muscles to work longer and harder, and promotes muscle growth. It is a good treatment for dogs loosing muscle due to their joint problems.
  • Joint Care Premium 3 contains Methylsulfonylmethane, also called MSM, which is a sulfur supplement. The building blocks of cartilage are glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen. They all need sulfur for production. A sulfur supplement can help the production and restoration of cartilage.
  • Duralactin features a product called microlactin, which is dried milk protein. It is used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions and also as an alternative to Glucosamine.
  • Vetri-Shark Supplement with Shark Cartilage is a supplement that uses shark cartilage to support bone density and tissue functions.

Prevention of Dog Joint Problems

The great thing about natural supplements is that, in most cases, dogs can safely take them indefinitely. Even if your dog has not developed any joint problems yet, providing them with supplements supports the cartilage process and can help reduce their risk of developing joint problems later. Additionally, things like a nutritional diet and adequate amounts of exercise can help to keep their bones and joints strong as they age.