Spring into Action: Keep Your Dog Bouncing with Hip and Joint Supplements
Paws for a moment and consider the well-being of your four-legged companion. As dogs age, their joints can become a bit ruff around the edges. Dogs may have trouble getting up, walking upstairs or chasing the squirrel in the yard. Help support those hip and joints with a delicious supplement.
Some of the key benefits of hip and joint supplements include improved flexibility and agility, and better overall mobility. When choosing a joint supplement for your pup, we recommend the following key ingredients:
Glucosamine Hydrochloride – This is the most common and most recommended ingredient in a joint supplement because it protects the cartilage in the joint as it helps stimulate the growth of cartilage. Healthy cartilage is very important to comfortable mobility.
Chondroitin Sulfate – This mobility supporting ingredient actually helps support normal cartilage and connective tissue. Many supplements offer glucosamine and chondroitin together in one supplement.
Methylsulfonylmethane – Also known as MSM, this ingredient contains sulfur which is essential in making collagen and other connective tissues. It supports normal muscle systems and healthy cellular activity.
Other ingredients to try to include Omega-3 fatty acids to promote lubrication of the joints and Zinc to support cartilage and the immune system.
Give your dog a hip and joint supplement by following the dosage instructions provided on the packaging. Generally, it can be given in the form of a chewable tablet or mixed in with your dog’s food.
Dogs who are prone to joint issues should start joint supplements earlier than other dogs. These supplements need time to build up in their system for maximum support. To make the most of the supplement follow the directions, take daily and make sure your dog is a healthy weight and eating a premium diet. Additionally, consult with your veterinarian before starting your pet on any new supplement regimen.
The great news about joint supplements is you can find them in chewable tablets, soft chews, liquid, powder and even in a dough to hide pills. Your dog may prefer the soft chews because they come in a more flavor varieties. Chewable tablets usually are more cost effective but not was easy to chew as the other varieties. Experiment with different forms to find what works best for your dog.
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If you are concerned about your pet’s health, please contact your veterinarian to rule out a serious medical problem.