Pet Joint Supplements Review
Whether your dog is old and stiff or young and spry, you need to protect your pet’s joint health. To ensure mobility and prevent arthritis, hip and joint problems, Home Cures That Work has recommendations for canine and feline joint supplements.
Supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin are often used in cats and dogs and appear to work very well in support of joint health.
Glucosamine provides the building block of cartilage. Chondroitin also is one of the components necessary for the production of cartilage. Glucosamine plus chondroitin work better together than either ingredient alone.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are used to slow the progression of osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), which is the deterioration of cartilage between joint bones common in older dogs and cats. Many animals taking a joint supplement no longer require a pain reliever.
The market is littered with supplements for joints that do nothing to prevent joint problems. It is imperative that you choose only those that have been proven effective. When it comes to supplements, Home Cures That Work is concerned with two things: safety and efficacy. An independent lab conducted research into the contamination and variability of joint supplements. Labels can be confusing, so we have taken out the guesswork and show you which products actually work. Hopefully, these will give you an idea of what to give to your beloved pooch or cat.
Unfortunately, 3 pet products failed to meet quality standard requirements for safe consumption. The three glucosamine and chondroitin pet products to AVOID for joint problems are the following:
- VetriScience® GlycoFlex® Stage 2
- Joint Max® Liquid for Cats
- Nutra Paws Osteo-Pet™ Total Joint Care – Bacon Cheese Flavor
Most dogs and cats can safely stay on a joint supplement for the rest of their lives. Once the product has provided pain and joint support for 6-8 weeks (the action of glucosamine and chondroitin can be slow to start), the dose can often be reduced with very few side-effects. The safety of the following three joint health supplements are approved for quality standards and the long-term treatment of joint problems:
- Cosequin® Joint Health Supplements for cats
- Cosequin® DS Professional Line Maximum Strength Plus MSM (for dogs)
- K-10+® Glucosamine
Cosequin® DS Maximum Strength Plus MSM remains one of the most trusted supplements for dog joints primarily for its excellent combination of three powerful ingredients that are known to improve joint health, facilitate cartilage remodeling and regeneration, and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with arthritis. It contains methylsulfonylmethane or MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all working to provide your dog with optimum joint health. The formulation comes in chewable tablet form, so administering it to pets shouldn’t be that difficult.
Four-legged joint problems are a great concern because they affect the level of comfort and mobility and significantly impair their ability to bond and socialize with you and other dogs. Giving your dog the right joint supplement should help prevent the rapid deterioration of their health while promoting optimum mobility and overall quality of life.
Before starting your pet on any supplement for joint pain, consult a veterinarian to be sure of the diagnosis. Conditions caused by rheumatoid arthritis, infection, damaged blood supply, gout or other diseases would be inappropriate for treatment with glucosamine or chondroitin.
Give your four-legged friend a longer, healthier, happier life by supplementing with glucosamine plus chondroitin. But make sure you use one of Home Cures That Work approved supplements.