Most active dogs run around the house or exercise all day. And with frequent movements and activities, their joints are under pressure. As they grow older, it’s natural for these pets to develop chronic hip or joint pain and arthritis.
If your dog has trouble moving around or getting up, hip and joint supplements like glucosamine may provide relief. Originally glucosamine is an organic compound that is naturally present in connective tissues and the joints. However, as your pet grows, glucosamine levels may begin to drop.
Glucosamine is one of the widely used supplements that aid mobility and flexibility in dogs. They help to repair damaged cartilage, the rubbery and strong tissues that protect your joints.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any natural food sources of glucosamine. As a result, supplement manufacturers get glucosamine sulfate from shellfish shells.
Chondroitin is another supplement that improves your pet’s joint health. It cushions the impact of stress on joints and tissues, repairs damaged cartilage and prevents your pet’s cartilage tissue from dehydration or breakdown.
Methylsulfonylmethane (also known as MSM) provides sulfur, an essential building block for cartilage and joints. Supplements rich in MSM help build strong bones and cartilage, improve joint lubrication, flexibility, and mobility in pets.
The use of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements is scientifically proven to provide relief from osteoarthritis. According to a 2007 study, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements reduced pain and increased mobility after treatment for 70 days.
Supplements with blends of glucosamine, chondroitin, and methylsulfonylmethane are suitable for your pets. And they are available in many forms, including pills. powders, and as treats.