12 May, 21

How To Choose The Best Supplements For Your Dog’s Joints

As dog owners, it is common for us to become very emotionally attached to our pets. Naturally, we want the best for them. It is often upsetting watching our dogs age and succumb to conditions such as osteoarthritis which cause a decrease in quality of life through pain, discomfort, and reduced mobility. While the risk of developing these kinds of conditions certainly increases as they age, other factors may play a role too. Certain breeds seem to be more prone to this condition than others, with Labradors, Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Bernese Mountain dogs seemingly being commonly afflicted in the spine, hips, and elbows. Hip and other joint dysplasias appear to be a higher risk factor, along with large stature and obesity.

Nutritional supplements can act as an excellent safeguard and countermeasure against your dog developing these conditions, bringing a whole range of benefits including increasing its quality of life and ability to exercise and move normally. There are many options to select from, and we hope that this blog helps you decide which supplements are best for your dog’s joints. Here are some top tips:

  1. Consider who makes the supplements. Are they produced by a corporation or small business staffed by working-dog owners? If the latter, then it is likely the business’s key individuals have a strong personal stake in their products’ efficacy as it is their own dogs who will benefit from it. This is as opposed to a corporation who will have first and foremost developed a product to generate profit
  2. Investigate the ingredients. Ideally, products should be “clean” only comprising of natural and free of GMO-substances. This makes them easier for your dog to consume and benefit from without any unwanted side effects. Clear labelling will also allow you to prevent your dog from consuming anything it is allergic to
  3. Are the company’s staff accessible and easy to contact with questions and queries you have? As they personally involved in product development? If the answer is yes to both of these questions, then this is a good sign. It is more likely that the supplement they are making has been formulated with dog health as a priority, thus ultimately being beneficial for your dogs’ joints

For more information, please email info@mydognutrition.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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