Joint Problems in Dogs
If your dog is suffering with stiff achey joints they may be showing signs of arthritis. Put simply, osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joints or the ‘wear-and-tear’ associated with ageing. Rheumatoid arthritis on the other hand is a progressive inflammatory disease that eats away at the joint areas and isn't necessarily age related. Hip dysplasia is where the joints themselves are ill-fitting and rubbing causing inflammation, pain and further joint deterioration.
An effective joint supplement given preventatively or as symptoms are recognised, can help minimise the discomfort and even reverse the decline in your dog's mobility. A healthy fresh food diet also helps nourish the body's own normal joint maintenance program.
Natural Joint Remedies
Both shark cartilage and green lipped muscles contain high concentrations of glucosamine and chondroitin, substances that are naturally produced by your dogs body to build, maintain and repair joints, cartilage and joint fluid.
As dogs get older they produce less glucosamine and chondroitin naturally so a high quality glucosamine supplement for dogs can be the nourishing boost they need to maintain healthy joints. Older dogs, obese dogs and larger dogs are more likely to suffer with joint issues.
Glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin have highly effective anti-inflammatory properties, give relief to pain and can help restore mobility. They also inhibit the enzymes that break down the cartilage in the first place.
Green lipped muscles are native to New Zealand and their medicinal properties were first discovered when is was observed that Maoris living by the coast had lower numbers of people suffering with arthritis than their inland cousins and the local Europeans.
Safe, Natural, Effective ...and Not Deadly.
Glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin have been shown in studies to be as effective as the more commonly administered non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, sometimes better known as NSAIDS.
The benefit of glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin are that they are considered very safe indeed whereas NSAIDs have some very serious side effects which have lead to serous side effects including death. Rimadyl is known to have caused serious gastro-intestinal ulceration, internal bleeding and liver and kidney damage in some dogs. Rimadyl is a NSAID produced by Pfizer is a very successfully selling drug used to help dogs with arthritis but it is very controversial as well. Because of the deadly side effects of Rimydyl, The Food and Drug Administration in the USA has made Pfizer include a warning "Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death".
It's also very important to note that Rimadyl must never be used at the same time as cortisone (another commonly administered drug at veterinary clinics) as it can worsen the seriousness of the side effects. As such, caution is recommended when using NSAIDS to avoid such problems. If NSAIDS are being given for long-term relief of, for instance, arthritis ask your vet how to reduce the possible gastro-intestinal issues or better still consider using a natural alternative like glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin.
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Top tips for helping sore joints.
- Feed a healthy barf & bones diet to boost the body's own repair systems.
- Keep your dog lean – extra weight adds extra strain to their joints.
- Don’t over exercise your dog!
- Supplement early with good quality glucosamine and chondroitin to maintain joint health and reduce the long-term damage.
- Acupuncture and homeopathy have also been shown to be helpful in the treatment of joint pain and arthritis.
a safe, effective and all natural way to help treat and relieve painful joints.
Our Concentrated Joint Support
Supports joint health
Safe and natural
Improvements seen in 4-8 weeks.
Human-grade, high quality ingredients
Product is tasteless.
Can be posted anywhere in Australia
100% Active Ingredients:
20% Glucosamine Sulphate
50% Shark Cartilage
(containing 10.2% Chondroitin and 12.4% Glucosamine Sulphate).
30% Green Lipped Muscle
(containing 11% Chondroitin).
26.2% Glucosamine Sulphate
Up to 10kg dogs: ¼ tspn
Recommended Daily Dose:
Up to 20kg dogs: ½ tspn
then ¼ tspn for every extra 10kg.