Joint Supplements for Dogs

April 23rd, 2009 by Paul Johnson

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.

  1. Jessica on April 23rd, 2009

    Thank you so much for this information. I have a 2 year old long haired chihuahua that I adopted who is very much over weight and had just begun to experience hip dysplasia. It doesn’t seem like it causes him any pain, put he hobbles around sometimes and cannot jump on the couch anymore. I wanted to research what supplement would be good for him but had no idea what I was looking for. This has helped me out a lot! Thank you again!

    Jessica

  2. yvonne on June 21st, 2009

    Hi,
    Very helpful information. I love your site and will spread the word of health and wellness. I am a cancer survivor and know how important it is to safe healthy. Our health id our greatest asset.

  3. Leslie on December 23rd, 2009

    Thank you for the information. I had a 16 year-old dachshund who did well on a suppliment with Glucosamine. My 12 year old greyhound/lab mix is now having issues with her ankles. So off to the vets and now we are taking a suppliment with glucosamine/Chondroitin and additional vitamins.