There are a few reasons why dogs can experience joint pain, whether it’s down to age, weight gain, or their breed, it can be hard to watch your dog struggle to do day-to-day activities.
There are two main reasons why dogs develop joint pain. The first being developmental and the other degenerative. Developmental means that it’s a result of hereditary predisposition and degenerative means that it’s due to a problem that has developed over time (age or weight and so on). Conditions caused by both developmental and degenerative reasons include hip dysplasia and canine arthritis.
Around 20% of dogs will suffer from some form of arthritis/joint pain and stiffness during their lifetime, and it’s one of the most common causes of chronic pain vets will treat. Arthritis in dogs can occur because of incorrect nutrition, old age, or from wear and tear/injury, but it can be managed if caught early enough.
Conditions like hip dysplasia and canine arthritis are more common in bigger breeds like Saint Bernards, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Newfoundlands, Bernese Mountains, and German Shepherds, due to them naturally carrying more weight, but can affect all sizes and types of dogs.
However, before you run to the vet’s office and spend thousands of pounds on expensive treatments or surgery, there are some ingredients you can introduce to their diet first if you suspect they’re starting to develop stiff, achy, and painful joints…
Here at Petlab Co., our priority is every dog’s health and happiness. This is why we've put together this blog as you may be considering introducing joint care supplements to your dog's day. Below we explore the active, scientifically proven ingredients you should look for in joint care supplements, that work to target the cause of joint pain...
Remember, always source doggy supplements from a reputable, ethical pet brand.
Glucosamine HCL is a naturally occurring compound in the body which is used to treat joint wear, spinal disc injury, recovery from joint surgery and to keep performance dogs in peak condition.
It works by boosting the repair of damaged cartilage, which is the sponge-like material that cushions between the bones. When the cartilage is damaged (due to weight, pressure on the bones or age) the joints become inflamed and releases enzymes which cause even more damage. Glucosamine HCL helps maintain synovial fluid that lubricates the joints too, helping to lessen friction during movement, whether sudden or sustained; fighting soreness and discomfort in both the short and long term.
By making sure your dog is getting Glucosamine HCL in their diet, you can ensure you're getting to the root of the pain, rather than simply giving your pup pain killers which work to numb, not support in bettering.
Fish oil works to reduce the intensity of joint stiffness, tenderness, swelling, and discomfort. benefits. Because it’s jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, it can also increase blood flow to reduce pain and swelling in the joints.
Green-lipped mussels are proven to fight joint soreness and discomfort as they are loaded with omega fatty acids and glucosamine, making them a natural anti-inflammatory. They can help to further promote hip and joint flexibility whilst also reducing soreness that limits and restricts movement and mobility.
Both Vitamins C & E work to help stimulate the production of collagen and proteoglycan, both of which are essential building blocks of joint cartilage.
MSM is an organic form of sulphur. It is naturally found in dogs and is often used for pain relief. It works to ease joint inflammation and swelling, inhibiting the breakdown of cartilage, the tissue which protects the joints.
Most of your pup’s natural sulphur will be stored in their skin, fur, bones, and muscles, so when they have a high volume of MSM in their system, this can help support the health and function of all these parts of your pup. When your pup is suffering from joint pain, the rigid fibers swell and become inflamed, resulting in discomfort… This is where MSM comes in. With its natural properties and powers to reduce pressure within cells, it will reduce pain in the restricted areas, helping your pup to strengthen mobility and ease the pain.
Turmeric is an all-natural ingredient that has been used in human medicines for generations. In joint supplements for dogs, it combats stiffness, also enhancing healthy joint fluidity, and maintaining mobility in damaged and arthritic joints.
Chondroitin Sulphate is the major mineral found in cartilage. It improves water retention and elasticity of the cartilage, helping aid shock absorption and nourishment of tissues.
To make the most out of your new dog joint pain supplement, you should give them to your dog exactly as instructed on the label to ensure and support optimum joint and bone health.
A great way of monitoring your dog’s progress is by videoing them walking and moving around every couple of days from the beginning of using your new joint support supplements and assess their mobility and willingness to exercise. Remember to get a clip before usage starts so you can compare!