You don’t need unsafe prescriptions or surgery to cure arthritis problems in dogs. There are safe natural supplements to cure joint problems for dogs. Dogs can suffer from arthritis just like humans. Arthritis is chronic inflammation of the joints that causes pain and damage that gets progressively worse. Another common related arthritic condition that is unique to dogs, is called hip dysplasia. This is caused by a painful separation in the back hip joints that leads to painful wear and tear on the joints and inflammation that can get worse if untreated.
Joint supplements can not only help prevent the arthritis and hip dysplasia from getting worse, but they can also help reverse some of the pre-existing problems for those with minor to moderate symptoms. The earlier you put a dog on joint supplements, the better position you are in to reverse it, just like with treating any chronic condition. There are times though the arthritis or hip dysplasia can be so advanced, that surgery is the only option because the damage to the joints is too far. You should always try natural joint supplements first, before resorting to prescriptions or surgery.
There are a few ingredients a good joint supplement for dogs should contain. Only give your dogs a joint supplement that contains at least Glucosamine. There are countless studies showing Glucosamine works. Glucosamine converts in the body to the compound that makes joint cartilage and addresses the root cause of arthritis by reducing inflammation. A good joint supplement should have more than just Glucosamine for best results. Chondroitin has been shown to work well in conjunction with Glucosamine. MSM is also added to some joint supplements. There is double blind studies and ancedotal evidence showing MSM is effective in reducing arthritis pain symptoms. MSM does not reduce inflammation or really address the root cause of arthritis it just addresses the pain. Boron is another compound shown to reduce joint pain. Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Calcium, are good general health minerals often added to joint supplements to make sure there are no deficiencies and because they play a crucial role in aiding joint health and rebuilding. There are some other ingredients with potential, but the ones mentioned above are the most commonly used ingredients in joint supplements.
There are a few makers of joint supplements for dogs, but one brand I personally recommend is Cosequin. I have used Cosequin on 2 different dogs I owned. One I used to own that died of cancer and I gave cosequin to a older dog I adopted from a elderly neighbor a few months ago. Both times I had great results in reversing arthritis and hip dysplasia, so either one seems good. Cosequin contains solid proven joint ingredients like Glucosamine among others that work synergistically together for maximum benefit.