When our dogs are our family and an important companion in our lives, it’s hard to see them in pain. Unfortunately, osteoarthritis sneaks up on many dogs and can be a troublesome condition that progresses steadily throughout the dog’s life. According to the AKC, nearly 80% of senior dogs develop osteoarthritis, making it likely that many owners will have to help their furry companions deal with this painful condition. Thankfully, joint supplements are available to slow the progression of osteoarthritis and keep your dog moving comfortably.
How Do They Work?
Joint supplements work through the implementation of glucosamine, chondroitin, and green-lipped mussel (GLM). According to the AKC, these substances alleviate pain and stimulate joint repair, while GLM mainly acts as an anti-inflammatory. Together, these substances offer pain relief and joint support to keep your pup on their feet. Most joint supplements can be purchased as small chewables that dogs enjoy eating, making it easier to give them what they need to thrive. Simply follow the dosage instructions listed on the package for the best results.
When Should They Be Given?
If your dog is naturally susceptible to osteoarthritis, joint supplements should be started early in life to keep them in top form. This can slow the progression of osteoarthritis and keep your companion on their feet longer before having to take on further treatment.
Dogs that are susceptible to osteoarthritis include, but are not limited to, giant breeds, dogs that are overweight, dogs that have had fractures or ligament tears, and dogs with congenital joint disorders such as elbow or hip dysplasia. For giant breeds or those with congenital joint disorders, the predisposition is always present, and joint supplements should be given while the dog is still young. In most other cases, joint supplements might not be necessary until a risk factor is presented, such as in cases where the dog sustains an injury, becomes overweight, or is growing old. If you are concerned about your dog suffering from osteoarthritis in old age, you can begin giving joint supplements earlier in their life to help keep their joints healthy.
Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health
Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.