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Why Should I Give My Dog a Joint Support Supplement?

There are now an increasing number of joint supplements on the market for pets, and in particular for dogs.

Joint Supplements are probably one of the most popular supplements for your dog, and historically have been popular for the ageing canine. This is understandable as they have been shown the greatly improve mobility in older dogs. We have to assume that the pain that some older dogs may feel, is also improved, because dogs can’t actually tell us in words.

However, just as we can see changes in behaviour, less reluctance to go for a walk, spending longer in bed, taking longer to get up from lying down, subdued appetite, which could be attributed to pain. We can see all of these things improve once the pain reduces.

Joint support for dogs is usually associated with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, and in some cases can have other ingredients added. However, Glucosamine and chondroitin form a solid base for a good joint support supplement.

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Head To Tail - Glucosamine & Chondroitin For Dogs

- Helps support healthy joints
- Specially formulated for dogs
- Contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM & Vitamin C
- Comes in sprinkle capsule which makes it easy to add to dog food
- Human food grade standard

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Can I Give My Dog a Human Joint Product?

One of the questions we get asked is if you can give your dog a human supplement and is it the same stuff inside. The answer can be yes and no.

If the supplement company is reputable and they are using human grade nutritional ingredients, then this is fine for your dog. It also means there will be a standard achieved for quality and the active ingredient level in the material.

What you need to ensure is that there no other added ingredients which are not suitable. So for example, many human supplements are manufactured to taste nice which means they can have added sweeteners. This would be extremely dangerous for your dog and should not be given under any circumstances.

Also, human supplements are usually in capsule or tablet form, as they need to be broken down over a period of time in the intestinal tract.

In dogs, the transit time is much faster, so there is less time for the supplement to be broken down and absorbed. This is why you often see supplements for dogs as chews, powder or liquids.

Capsules are also generally fine, as your dog is likely to chew them if taken as a treat. However, the issue with Glucosamine and chondroitin is that they can taste very salty, so not the most appetising for your furry friend. So emptying the capsule and adding to food is a great way to make sure your dogs is getting all that it needs. This way you know the exact dose your dog is getting each time, and the flavour is masked by the dogs food.

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Does My Dog Need a Joint Support Supplement?

As well as the older dogs, younger dogs may need some extra support. Those who are either very active or working, or those who are training for various sports such as agility, flyball or canicross, or one of the larger heavier breeds who have pressure on their joints.

As with most supplements they are meant to support a healthy balanced diet. There is also a case for trying to prevent mobility issues caused by wear and tear, and also extra support for those who have had to undergo surgery.

As Well As Glucosamine and Chondroitin, Are There Other Nutrients I Should Look At?

One trace mineral which is thought to be helpful is Manganese. It supports your pets digestive system and is specifically involved in the absorption of proteins and carbohydrates. It has also been suggested that Manganese can help slow the aging process. Certainly one to hope for!

Vitamin C is another key nutrient which has had some more preliminary research done on it. Humans need Vitamin C as we are unable to produce it ourselves.

Dogs, however, can produce vitamin C in their bodies, and because of this ability, nutritionists have long considered it unnecessary to add C to a dog’s diet. However, recent clinical observations indicate that when dogs are sick or stressed, they can rapidly deplete their bodies’ output of vitamin C. As we know, dogs can make their own Vitamin C, so, over time this may be replenished. However, this may take some time. So support may be needed in the form of a supplement.

Stress is the best-known reasons that vitamin C is depleted in dogs. As with humans, stress can play a major factor in the way the body uses nutrients and recovers. Physical stress comes in many forms: gestation, lactation, growth, heavy physical work, injuries, or illness.

As with humans, it is generally thought that vitamin C supports the bodies natural defences. Supporting the body in its reaction and resistance to disease and helping in recovery.

MSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane) is a natural form of sulphur which has natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

It has been given to dogs to support other mobility, and is particularly associated with the recovery of joints and connective tissue after exercise or trauma. It is often seen as part of a complete joint support product along with glucosamine and chondroitin.

To Sum It All Up

When looking at supplements, it is important to break down the ingredients, to ensure that they really are all necessary, and not just added to fill space. You also really need to make sure that the amount in each dose is specified, so you know exactly what you are giving to your dog…you owe it to them!

Our Head To Tail Glucosamine & Chondroitin For Dogs contains all of the ingredients mentioned above. Glucosamine & Chondroitin For Dogs was formulated specifically for dogs. Whether your dog is young and adventurous or getting on in years and needing that extra support for continued activity without discomfort, the Head to Tail glucosamine and chondroitin will put that extra spring into his/her step!