Charlie graduated from The Royal Veterinary College of London and is now working as a Veterinary Surgeon in a large chain of vets treating companion animals such as dogs, cats and small furries.
Often getting slower or stiff are just put down to "old age" however all elderly dogs have osteoarthritis. Can your dog still jump onto the couch? Do they struggle to get up or are they stiff for the first two strides after resting?
These are just a few signs of joint pain. If your dog can still play and chase a ball this does not eliminate pain as with adrenaline on board many dogs can play they will just be feeling the effects afterwards.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
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The Dog Doctors
The Healthy Dog Co
Feed My Pooch
YuMOVE Dog Joint Supplement for Stiff Dogs
Mobility Plus Hip And Joint Aid Supplement
All Natural Joint Genie
Vitabiotics Joints and Bones
High Strength Flexible Joint
Advanced Joint Supplement
Hip, Joint, and Bones Complete Care
Nutritional Supplement for Dogs
Joint Care Supplement for Dogs and Cats
Doggy Dailies Natural Joint Supplements
Clinically Proven Veterinary Supplement to Support Your Dog’s Joints
Effective Pain Relief Proven to Work Within 6 Weeks
Long-Lasting Liquid Supplement That’s Easy to Administer
Affordable Max Strength Dog Joint Supplements
One a Day Tablets for Your Dog’s Joint and Heart Health
Fast-Acting, High Strength Tablets
Custom-Blend Chews to Provide Hip and Joint Comfort
Tasty, Chewable Tablets for Dogs Over 10kg
A Nutrient-Dense Formula That’s Quickly Absorbed
Glucosamine Daily Chews for Puppies to Seniors
|Key Ingredients||Green lipped mussel, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E||Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, hyaluronic acid||Devil’s Claw, turmeric, rosehip||Chondroitin, MSM, omega 3, calcium, vitamin D||Chondroitin, omega 3||Chondroitin, MSM, green lipped mussel, turmeric, omega 3||Green lipped mussel, MSM, chondroitin, curcumin, boswellia extract||Chondroitin, curcumin||Chondroitin, MSM, vitamins A, C, and E||Chondroitin, green-lipped mussels, MSM, turmeric, chondroitin|
Further ingredients for strengthening cartilage include curcumin (an extract of turmeric), which helps to absorb free radicals, and Boswellia extract, which helps to preserve the structural composition of connective tissue. Similarly, rosehips are high in vitamin C, which is essential for producing the collagen needed to maintain healthy cartilage.
The most important ingredients in a joint supplement are green-lipped mussel, omega 3, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and Avocado-Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU). Glucosamine and chondroitin have anti-inflammatory properties calming the joints natural response to pain.
Through many different mechanisms, they also have some cartilage protecting properties which help to maintain the joint cushion in-between the bone.
Joint supplements come in many forms. Liquids, tablets and chews for example. If your dog is fussy maybe mixing a liquid into their food would be the easiest way to get it in. You know your dog best so have a think about which they would prefer.
Many are flavoured with meaty flavours and often they are fishy due to containing omegas sourced from fish so these supplements contain a natural favouring which many dogs will adore.
If you do go for something which is unflavoured though, we recommend mixing it with your pup’s favourite food so they’ll be sure to wolf it down and get the nutrients they need.
Joint supplements come in many flavours. Lots are "fishy" due to the omega fatty acids and others have added flavours such as chicken or beef. Manufacturers know that for a dog to take a medication daily it needs to be tasty! It may be trial and error of which your dog likes but you'll definitely be able to find one they love with all the options available on the market.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Key Ingredients||Green lipped mussel, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E|
|Key Ingredients||Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, hyaluronic acid|
|Key Ingredients||Devil’s Claw, turmeric, rosehip|
|Key Ingredients||Chondroitin, MSM, omega 3, calcium, vitamin D|
|Key Ingredients||Chondroitin, omega 3|
|Key Ingredients||Chondroitin, MSM, green lipped mussel, turmeric, omega 3|
90 Soft Chews
|Key Ingredients||Green lipped mussel, MSM, chondroitin, curcumin, boswellia extract|
|Key Ingredients||Chondroitin, curcumin|
|Key Ingredients||Chondroitin, MSM, vitamins A, C, and E|
|Key Ingredients||Chondroitin, green-lipped mussels, MSM, turmeric, chondroitin|
"When choosing a joint supplement look into the clinical trials surrounding the product to ensure they contain enough of the vital ingredients. I also always recommend that my patients are started on joint supplements as soon as possible. Ideally, before the clinical signs are seen however they can still work wonders for the "already stiff" dog."
"Sometimes dogs require prescription medication alongside joint supplements so if your dog is still stiff please contact your vet who will be happy to discuss the topic with you. To prevent worsening of stiffness avoid repetitive actions on the joints and sudden turns like running back and forth to catch a ball."
Studies have shown that dog joint supplements have helped in slowing down the progression of arthritis in dogs. While they cannot fully prevent arthritis, they can relieve and repair symptoms of joint stress and cartilage damage. This is generally more of an issue in older dogs and large breeds, so consider discussing options with your vet.
This is something that you should discuss with your vet for the best course of action. You could start when they start to show signs of arthritis like moving around slower and licking their joints. The other option is after they turn 1 when they're fully grown, as a preventative measure.
While one of the key ingredients in joint supplements, glucosamine, is present in both human and dog joint supplements, you should not give your dog human joint supplements because of the other added ingredients that they use such as xylitol which can be fatal to your dog.
Written and researched by Nicola McClements
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