Drug-Free Supplements Can Relieve Painful Joints
When a senior dog struggles getting up in the morning or jumping into the car, it's probably arthritis, a painful inflammatory condition of the joints. More subtle symptoms can be lagging behind on walks or a reluctance to go down stairs. The larger the breed, the earlier these symptoms appear. Because dogs are good at masking discomfort, it's easy to think your dog's become a couch potato, and let the problem to go untreated. If you do see the signs, try one of the all-natural supplements we carry.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are the building blocks for healthy joint tissue. One of our favorite glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is Connectin, a patented formula proven in clinical studies to rebuild damaged cartilage, relieve inflammation and restore free movement. Visible results can be seen in just 15 days. Connectin also contains hyaluronic acid and nine synergistically active herbs to help joints recover faster. It comes in savory roast beef-flavored granules or chewable tablets.
Liquid supplements are more quickly absorbed than pills or capsules, and can be poured over dry food. Liquid Health K-9 Glucosamine contains glucosamine, chondroitin, aloe vera juice and MSM, a natural anti-inflammatory pain reliever in a liver-flavored base. Liquid Health Level 5000 is a more concentrated version, with four times the active ingredients and additional antioxidants from shark cartilage, cat's claw and grape seed extract. Improvement can be seen in 2 to 5 weeks.
DGP (Dog Gone Pain) is an Australian supplement with anti-inflammatory herbs, antioxidants, fruit enzymes and marine collagen extract (a substance similar to glucosamine and chondroitin). Many of our customers swear by it for its ability to ease the pain associated with arthritis, degenerative joints or surgical recovery. In a trial conducted by the prestigious Whole Dog Journal, all participating dogs showed a noticeable improvement in their condition, including lifted spirits!
A few words about glucosamine supplements and herbal remedies: After a time, the body can become less responsive to a particular formulation, so it's a good idea to switch supplements if you see a return of symptoms. Glucosamine products need loading doses for the first few weeks or even months to establish a threshold level in the bloodstream. Then you can drop back to a maintenance dose. Glucosamine and chondroitin in senior dog food formulas are present only in low concentrations, and should not be considered a therapeutic dose.