Did you know that dogs joints and cartilage wear down at an extremely faster rate than humans!! It is so important to start a joint health supplementation program early on in a dogs life!
My baby girl Rose was diagnosed with a mild case of hip displaysia, this means she has a greater risk of developing arthritis and joint issues earlier on than most dogs.
The following supplements, after spending a significant amount of time researching, are ones that i believe will not only give my babies the best chance at preventing any joint disorders, but will keep them healthy and slow down the aging process of their joints and other body systems!
Cod liver oil: Super high in Omega 3 EPA and DHA, this is a strong anti-inflammatory, along with being great for their immune system (preventing cancers and other diseases) and helping to maintain a healthy heart, brain and coat. Animal studies have shown to regenerate cartilage too! So starting your dog on this as soon as possible we can attempt to maintain a healthy amount of cartilage, so so important for healthy joints
MSM: This is a sulfur compound. It blocks the transfer of pain impulses so is great for dogs with painful joints, but it also blocks the inflammation process. It improves the uptake of many other nutrients and is a super strong anti-oxidant. It easily crosses the blood brain barrier and prevents and repairs oxidative damage to the brain and restores cell membrane elasticity.
Devils Claw: While this is not a long term treatment, it is useful for when dogs are in pain from their joints and it is a very strong anti-inflammatory, so i recommend using this when the joints are flaring up or your dog seems to be in pain. Please be aware that you cannot take this with NSAIDs (painkillers from the vet).
Green lipped muscle: The ultimate joint supplement!!! This one of my favorite, because not only is it super high in Omega 3s but it also is a natural source of BOTH chondroitin and glucosamine. These two compounds are so important for building healthy bones and cartilage, and slowing down the joint aging process, and they are super strong anti-inflammatory and also relieve pain associated with joint issues.
Turmeric: My most favorite anti-aging supplement. It has massive anti-inflammatory abilities, along with fighting of cancers and other diseases too numerous to mention. It is a strong antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial, making it a great all rounder, and a must for healthy joints! Its also helpful for heart health and liver health. Make sure you get a turmeric supplement that has bio-piperine (black pepper) extract in it to ensure proper bio-availability.
Stay tuned for more info in our next segment!