Arthritis or joint pains trouble most dogs as they age. Dog owners may not notice the subtle signs of joint pain in their pets, and dogs too tend to hide their soreness and discomfort. Hence, pet parents and veterinarians notice the arthritic changes only once the condition becomes severe.
An arthritic joint requires surgical intervention; however, we can attempt to reduce joint inflammation and pain. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids have beneficial effects, but they have side effects too. Nutritional supplements (also called nutraceuticals) correct structural damage in a dog’s joints. They are substances consumed orally in addition to a normal diet. Presently, the most commonly used ingredients in pet joint health supplements are glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, green-lipped mussels, ω−3 fatty acids, and methylsulfonylmethane.
There are no side effects of these ingredients as they are used in reasonable amounts. However, as a dog’s digestive system usually takes time to get accustomed to newly introduced supplements, stomach upset is possible if supplements are given in higher doses. With traditional drugs, there is improved comfort almost immediately; however, with joint supplements, it may take weeks to months to see a noticeable improvement in mobility and attitude.
High quality pet supplements are very safe, and they tend to work best in combination with other forms of arthritis treatment. Physical therapy, weight management, acupuncture, cold laser treatments, and surgery can also improve a pet’s comfort and mobility.
Dunn TJ Jr. How to treat arthritis and joint pain in dogs. https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/evr_dg_remedies_for_arthritis_in_dogs. Reviewed August 19, 2019. Accessed December 29, 2019.