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Millions of dogs have hip or joint problems. An estimated 20% of dogs over age one have osteoporosis (degenerative joint disease). Other dogs suffer from hip dysplasia or ligament problems. Our pets are more than furry companions, they’re our family members! So many pet parents ask themselves, “How can I prevent joint problems in my dog?”
In this article we will take a quick look at the use of supplements, including the best hip and joint supplements for dogs.
While research is ongoing, there is evidence that suggests supplements may help alleviate pain and inflammation for dogs suffering from joint problems.
But you might be asking, “When should I give my dog hip and joint supplements?” What if problems could be prevented before they start?
While it’s difficult to perform a side-by-side study, it does seem that the supplements which help pain once it starts may also help prevent joint problems before they start.
So, the short answer is, it’s never too early!
Some dogs by age 1 already develop joint problems. Starting them on hip and joint chews early may keep them running, jumping and moving far longer.
A supplement is not a drug. Fortunately, that means your dog is much less likely to experience side effects from a supplement than a medication.
All common medications for joint pain, inflammation and osteoporosis have side effects. Including:
Given the fact that all of these medications involve risk, a pet parent has to weigh options. If it is possible to use less medicine or for shorter periods of time, then the risk of side effects also diminishes.
So, supplements can also help decrease the risk of side effects for a dog with hip and joint problems.
It’s important to note, though, that supplements can also be overused. One should always follow dosage instructions.
Some medications have risks of withdrawal when you stop taking them. If your dog regularly takes any sort of pain medication, it’s important to work with your vet about safely weaning your dog from medication.
Supplements, on the other hand, do not cause withdrawal symptoms.
However, if you stop using your dog’s supplements, their symptoms may return. Supplements are sort of like food--very nutritious food. They work with the body to provide nutrients, which can help with certain conditions. But if you stop taking a supplement, your body will have less of those nutrients within just a couple of days.
Dogs need motion and activity for their physical and mental health--just like people! Supplements alone cannot create good health.
If your dog does not yet have joint problems, you should definitely engage in an active lifestyle!
Activity + joint supplements = long-term mobility and health.
However, if your dog already has some joint problems, you need to be careful about the physical exercise you do together. Avoid running and jumping. Gentle walks may still be okay. Even better, though, are low impact exercises, such as swimming.
There are lots of great activities for dogs even with mobility issues. So keep your fur baby moving for a longer, healthier life!
Not all supplements are created equal! Be sure to read those ingredient labels before purchasing.
Some of the best ingredients for dog hip and joint supplements include:
At Bad Dog we source only the best ingredients for dog supplements available anywhere. Check out our online store to find what your fur baby needs.