The following ingredients have been tested in humans and used to relieve joint stiffness and pain in people for years – and now they’ve been found to have similar effects in dogs. Find out what ingredients can help your dog’s joints
Glucosamine is found naturally in the body, especially in fluid around the joints. Glucosamine supplements contain anti-inflammatory properties, which is instrumental in reducing joint pain.
It’s important to have a source of glucosamine in your pup’s diet. Even more amazing – in laboratory studies, Glucosamine appeared to help assist in cartilage regeneration, rebuilding cartilage where needed!
Chondroitin is another mineral found naturally in your dog’s joints. Chondroitin’s moisture-retaining properties are so incredible that it is also used in wound dressing to help promote healing.
Studies done in human patients with joint injuries have shown that those who took Chondroitin reported less pain and a shorter period of recovery from morning stiffness than those who took a placebo. This is usually paired with Glucosamine to give joints relief.
Turmeric can be found on your local grocer’s shelf, but it’s been used in Eastern Indian medicine for thousands of years.
It has been a go-to for all kinds of ailments because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric naturally reduces inflammation in joints, which eases pain, swelling and stiffness.
MSM, short for methylsulfonylmethane, may not sound natural but don’t let the name fool you. MSM is a non-toxic organic sulfur compound found naturally in the body and often used to treat osteoarthritis. In lab tests, it appeared to improve recovery and provide pain relief from arthritis by reducing inflammation and swelling in the joints.
As our dogs get older, they need extra love and care – and we’re happy to give them as much as they need! For those of us with dogs whose joints aren’t what they used be, we want to show them the same care we’d give ourselves.