Joint Supplements for dogs – Which is best?
There are so many joint supplements for dogs on the market so it can be difficult to choose the best one for your pet. Many are glucosamine based, but Turmeric is also rising in popularity. How do you choose the best for your dog?
Glucosamine Based – usually in combination with other ingredients such as MSM, Chondroitin, Boswellia, Green lipped mussel etc..
Ingredients such as glucosamine, green lipped mussel and chondroitin support the cartilage health. They also help the body to repair and maintain healthy joints. If your dog is middle aged or younger but very active, these ingredients will support healthy joints. MSM and Boswellia help the body maintain its natural anti-inflammatory mechanisms. MSM also supports soft tissue repair. These ingredients will help an elderly dog feel more comfortable, but a very old dog may benefit less from the ingredients which support repair.
Turmeric Based –
Turmeric has become hugely popular as a joint supplement for dogs. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and can support joint comfort. It also helps to flush out toxins and can be beneficial for a number of health issues. Unlike glucosamine and chondroitin, the body won’t use turmeric to help repair wear and tear to joints. For this reason it may be better for older dogs, when the priority is to maintain comfort and quality of life. If there are other health concerns to consider, such as a weak immune system, turmeric can also support these too, along with general health and vitality.
Glucosamine based supplements actually support joint repair and are the first choice for a middle aged dog, or very active dog. Turmeric based products are great for maintaining comfort and supporting health and vitality for older pets. It is possible to feed them both together, but check with the manufacturer first.