As our dogs get older, it can be upsetting to see them struggle to do even the most simple of activities. Or maybe your dog has suffered an injury and now their mobility is limited. Whatever the case is, there are ways to help them. Adding dog supplements can help your pooch feel some relief. Researchers have found different natural supplements that help reduce inflammation, and increase overall health of joints. Combined with an all natural dog food diet, your dog can experience a higher quality of life and better health that will help them live longer.
Glucosamine is the most commonly known supplement for joint health. There are actually three types of glucosamine: glucosamine Sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetyl-glucosamine. Glucosamine is a naturally produce substance in the body. It acts as a fluid that surround joints that lets the joints move smoothly. Glucosamine sulfate is the form that is most commonly taken by humans. It helps with the health of the joint, but not necessarily with pain. However, glucosamine hydrochloride when mixed with chondroitin sulfate, has been found to aid in both the health and pain relief of joints (although this is still being researched).
Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical found in cartilage. It is taken often times to deal with osteoarthritis, cataracts, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). In supplements it is often paired with a form of glucosamine.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. In supplements, it is used as an anti-inflammatory. Some of the benefits include relief of stiff joints, healthy skin and aiding the digestive system. It is used both by people and animals, and found to be extremely safe. Constipation can be.
Yucca is a plant that Native Americans have used for centuries. It has been found to help deal with arthritis, joint swelling, soft tissue swelling, and other digestive problems.
When used together, these ingredients are highly effective in helping your dog. You could purchase each supplement at your local grocery store (and this is a cost effective solution) but the challenge comes with getting your dog to take it. Companies like Tru-Activ, Wagworthy, and MaxxPet have created high quality chew-able treats that contain the above supplements. Simply feed it to your dog like a normal treat, and see their life improve.