Although dog joint supplements containing Glucosamine, MSM or Chondroitin are usually recommended for older dogs, they can help to support joint function in dogs of all ages. A combination of these ingredients can offer natural pain relief, reduced inflammation, better flexibility and also help to strengthen joints and cartilage.
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When Should I Start Giving My Dog Joint Supplements?
But when should you start to give your dog joint supplements? The answer may surprise you.
Many dog owners may believe that joint supplements such as ZamiPet Joint Protect are only recommended for older dogs who are experiencing stiffness or mobility issues. However, some dog breeds prone to developing joint inflammation, arthritis and hip and elbow dysplasia earlier in their life would also benefit from this kind of supplement.
Which dogs are prone to inflammation of the joints, arthritis and hip and elbow dysplasia?
While all dogs can develop joint issues, especially as they age, some breeds are more likely to experience the symptoms earlier in life, including:
- Bernese Mountain Dogs
- Chow Chows
- French Bulldogs
- Great Danes
- German Shepherds
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- Old English Sheepdogs
- Shih Tzus
Many dogs that suffer from joint issues are large or giant breeds, although this is not always the case. Smaller dogs with non-standard body shapes can also be prone to back, hip and joint problems.
If you have a dog that’s on the list above, you may want to consider giving your dog supplements containing Glucosamine from the age of 12 months. For some breeds predisposed to certain conditions, as with all supplements, you should always consult your vet before you give them to your dog, particularly if your dog is under 12 months old.
General advice for starting your dog on joint supplements
Joint supplements are not just a way to provide relief for existing symptoms but can also be used as preventative care. High quality joint supplements can slow the progression of joint disease including osteoarthritis. The signs of joint disease are often not seen until the disease process has advanced considerably. Therefore, even if your dog isn’t old or showing signs of reduced joint mobility, it’s a good idea to start them on a joint supplement.
Supplements provide benefits before symptoms even appear, so start well before your dog reaches its senior years. As your dog ages, its body is less able to produce the proteins that build and strengthen its joints, increasing the risk of developing arthritis and joint disease. With the help of a joint supplement, the body will continue to produce these proteins for longer.
Don’t forget that dogs rarely show their pain. And when you think that over 90% of senior dogs are believed to have arthritis, giving your dog a supplement earlier in life may give them the best chance of living a better quality of life as they approach their senior years.
Make sure you give a quality dog supplement
There is a multitude of dog joint supplements on the market, so how do you know that the supplement you’re giving your dog is of high quality?
The first thing to check is the amount of active ingredients in the supplement. Most joint care supplements contain active ingredients such as Glucosamine, MSM and Chondroitin. Choose a supplement that includes a combination of these ingredients rather than just one of them. ZamiPet Joint Protect contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which together may help improve elasticity in cartilage, alleviate symptoms of joint pain and help maintain the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. These chews are also made with delicious locally sourced Australian chicken, so they’re not only good for your canine friend but they’re irresistible to dogs, too!
The information in this article was checked by ZamiPet Veterinarian and General Manager Dr Andrew McKay, BVSc, University of Melbourne, 2000. Vet Registration No: V3985
Disclaimer: This information is general advice only. Before starting any treatment or supplement with your pet, please consult your vet first for the best approach to getting your pet back to their best health.