One of the most common challenges older dogs struggle with is joint stiffness. Just like us, they are prone to stiffness as their bodies age. To some extent these symptoms can be relieved by encouraging exercise, keeping a dog warm and dry, and keeping them at a healthy weight. But often some form of dog joint supplement can help support joint health and keep your dog comfortable.
Supplements for supple joints
The most popular supplement chosen by dog owners to support joint stiffness is dog glucosamine. As the purest available form of glucosaminoglycans, glucosamine HCI can be used to support the joints and help keep a dog's tendons and ligaments mobile in the long-term. Supplements containing glucosamine for dogs are popular aids for joint stiffness not only in senior dogs but also in active and working dogs.
A lot of exercise takes its toll on a dog's body. Glucosamine helps to counteract this by supporting hard-working joints while they work and helping them repair afterwards. Owners of active dogs could benefit from incorporating glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs into their existing diet at an earlier age. Standard supplements which combine glucosamine with chondroitin for dogs are available in pet shops, through a veterinarian, and online, although it is important to choose supplements containing glucosamine HCl as this is the purest form.
Give your dog more than just Glucosamine
Advanced mobility supplements such as YuMOVE include additional beneficial ingredients such as manganese, green-lipped mussel, and hyaluronic acid, providing all-important omega 3 oils that are great for getting a stiff dog moving again. High quality salmon oil can also help with ageing and very active dogs.
Choosing supplements that include glucosamine might seem extreme for your pet, but it works just as it does with humans. Whilst a young person's body generally produces all that it needs for joint health on a standard or even poor diet, an older person is much more likely to take supplements such as vitamins, minerals, or oils to support their health. And like humans, dogs who show joint stiffness need to be kept comfortable and encouraged to remain mobile. Incorporating a glucosamine supplement into their diet can help.
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