Joint Supplements for Arthritis in Dogs

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When your dog doesn’t get around the house as well as they used to or is visibly stiff and sore, it may be time to think about joint supplements.   

Nearly every dog will experience arthritis to some extent during his or her lifetime, but the symptoms do not have to be debilitating if taken care of. 

There are a number of simple joint supplements that can be administered in order to help keep your pet in tip-top shape.

How to Tell if Your Dog Needs a Joint Supplement?

How to Tell if Your Dog Needs a Joint Supplement?

Knowing when to start your dog on joint supplements, especially if they’re dealing with arthritis, is vital for their well-being and mobility. Supplements can play a significant role in managing arthritis symptoms and enhancing their life quality. Look out for these signs:

  • Less Active – If your dog isn’t as eager to participate in previously enjoyed activities like chasing after a ball or leaping, this might indicate discomfort in their joints.
  • Struggles with Basic Movements – Notice if your dog finds it hard to get up or settle down comfortably. This difficulty could suggest pain in their joints.
  • Favouring a Limb – If you see your dog limping or avoiding putting weight on a certain leg, it’s a sign that they might be experiencing joint inflammation.
  • Stiff Joints – Joints that appear swollen can not only point to arthritis but also suggest that supplements could help.
  • Behavioural Changes – A dog that used to be outgoing and playful turning moody or quiet could be reacting to the pain.
  • Vocalising Discomfort – A dog that cries out or whines more than usual during movement might be in significant pain.

Acting promptly can significantly help in detecting the early signs of arthritis in dogs. It’s wise to talk to a vet about which joint supplements could best suit your dog’s age or lifestyle.

What Ingredients to Look for in Joint Supplements for Dogs

Now that you know what supplements your dog needs for maintaining healthy joints, you should look out for a range of beneficial active ingredients. These provide all kinds of helpful herbs, vitamins and minerals to help reduce joint pain in your dogs. This includes the following: 

Omega 3 Fish Oils

Omega 3 Fish Oils

Starting off this list, Omega 3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation, pain and joint problems in your pup. Fish oils, such as EPA and DHA have anti-inflammatory properties, which are a crucial ingredient to help your dog, whether they have canine osteoarthritis or elbow dysplasia.

It helps the body by lubricating affected joints and areas. In addition, Omega 3 fish oils can help your dog maintain a thick coat and even lose weight. 

Boswellia Serrata

Boswellia Serrata

Otherwise known as Frankincense, Boswellia Serrata is a common ingredient in many joint care supplements, including our BBounce products. This is because it contains boswellic acids, which are crucial to supporting joints and comforting your dog. 

Additionally, they help to preserve the structural integrity of connective tissues in a canine’s body and even to assist digestive issues your dog might face by firming loose droppings. Lastly, Boswellia can also support the optimal supply of blood to joints.

Zinc

zinc 
Another beneficial ingredient that you should look out to provide joint support for arthritic or older dogs is zinc. That’s because, just like humans, dogs cannot produce zinc on their own. 

What’s more, zinc can help your dog’s immune system, reduce inflammation, develop tissue, and create DNA. It’s a critical element that assists in the growth and development of your dog’s bones, joints, and tissue.

Lastly, it’s also been shown to support eye health, brain function, and even hormonal regulation.

CBD Oil

cbd oil

A new ingredient in some joint supplements is CBD oil, with many dog owners suggesting it can treat pain and provide anti-inflammatory effects. Just to clarify, no scientific studies have been conducted on the effects of CBD on dogs, so consult your vet before giving it to your pet. 

Besides pain relief, it’s a natural relaxant, which can help dogs sleep better. CBD oil has also helped dogs to be happier overall, as well as reduce blood pressure and amounts of seizures. 

Vitamin C

vitamin c

Besides warding off colds, Vitamin C has also been suggested to help maintain healthy joints and reduce inflammation. Slowly increase the amount of vitamin C given to your dog daily, until you notice loose stools. Then, back off a quarter of a teaspoon and give that amount daily.

Glucosamine

Glucosamine

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound and protein that is produced in the body to support joint cartilage. When given orally, glucosamine supplements can help repair the joint and even replenish synovial fluid. Typically, glucosamine is the first line of defence after an arthritis diagnosis.

Chondroitin

Chondroitin

Like glucosamine, chondroitin can be used as a supplement for dogs to help improve cartilage and support joint health. Typically, chondroitin consists of processed cartilage from animal sources, such as chicken.

However, recent scientific studies have suggested that chondroitin is not as effective as previously thought.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is slowly becoming the new superfood, as it has recently been recognized for its ability to fight a number of diseases from cancer to chronic pain. This bright orange spice has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and also promotes liver health, which can help the body “detox” against by-products in the blood that cause deteriorating health.

Green-Lipped Mussel

Green-Lipped Mussel

Derived from green-lipped mussels in New Zealand, this ingredient is found in joint care supplements, including our Bounce joint supplement. It contains many useful nutrients, such as amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Additionally, multiple studies have shown that combined with glucosamine and chondroitin, it can alleviate pain and provide extra joint support.

Best Joint Supplements for Dogs with Arthritis

If you’re looking for joint supplements that improve joint health, provide cartilage repair, and support older dogs, then we highly recommend our BBounce range. It comes in a variety of forms, such as joint tablets and a concentrate. This includes the following: 

Boost

Boost, our high-grade marine lipid concentrate supports your dog’s mobility and flexibility. It does this through ingredients, like essential fatty acids, zinc, biotin, and vitamin E. 

It also contains Omega 3 fish oils, such as Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which support healthy joints. In addition, Boost can keep your dog’s coat shiny and thick and maintain your dog’s development. 

You’ll give it to your dog once a day, in the afternoon, and the amount varies depending on your dog’s size. Just remember to shake before use. 

Heel

If you’re looking for a joint supplement that supports healthy cartilage production and repair in your pup, then Heel is ideal for you. It comprises various beneficial antioxidants and compounds, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, turmeric, and vitamin C. 

This combination helps your dog’s immune system, neutralises free radicals, and supports cartilage and joint tissue growth. It can be given to your dog as a treat or broken up and mixed with food, once a day, in the evening. The dosage varies with different dog’s weight, which you can find on the packaging. 

Bounce 

Our last joint supplement for dogs is Bounce, chewable joint tablets that provide your pet with double-action joint support and various active ingredients. This includes hyaluronic acid, green-lipped mussel, glucosamine, calcium and vitamin C. 

Your dog will love these as they are liver flavoured and highly palatable. You’ll love it for different reasons, as Bounce provides your dog with the building blocks of cartilage and maintains bone health and strength.

FAQs 

What is a Good Treatment for Senior Dogs’ Joints?

There are several beneficial treatments for older dogs’ joints, including the following:

How Do I Give a Joint Care Supplement to Adult Dogs?

The best way to give your dog joint tablets is by hiding the pill in food. If it’s covered in a small amount of gravy or wet dog food and by giving your dog praise, you’ll make this a more positive and effective experience over time. 

How Do I Help My Arthritic Dog Maintain Joint Mobility?

There are several ways you can assist your arthritic dog with joint mobility. This includes making sure they have a comfortable dog bed and taking them on several short walks. 

Moreover, you can modify your home environment by adding non-slip mats, ramps, and stair treads to encourage mobility. 

Contact Stem Cell Vet Today for More Info

If you’re at all unsure about joint supplements for arthritic or senior dogs, you can get hold of us today. Our experienced vets know all about how to look after your dog’s joints, including through surgery or alternative treatments. 

Just like you, we want to ensure that your pet’s quality of life is maintained, whether they have spinal arthritis or hip dysplasia. Contact us at 0808 281 2455 or enquiry@stemcellvet.co.uk to book your free consultation.

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