Supplements: A variety of natural remedies can provide joint support and pain relief.
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Today’s healthcare for humans and animals places an increasing emphasis on natural supplements as adjuncts to or replacements for conventional pharmaceuticals. The following is part one of a two-part column that summarizes a few of these, and includes examples of some of the products I have used successfully as nutraceuticals.
Before using any supplement, consult your veterinarian and have your dog thoroughly examined, including laboratory tests, as appropriate.
Animals need wholesome food in all life stages. Additionally, during periods of growth, athletic demand, or old age, nutritional supplements help support the body’s metabolic and physiologic needs. Listed here are some of the supplements intended to act as building blocks and support for joints, tendons and cartilage.
Glucosamine and chondroitin. The most commonly used joint, tendon and cartilage support supplements contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). GAGs form an important component in connective tissues. Several well-known commercial-brand GAGs are available, most of them containing glucosamine sulfate. Some products also include chondroitin sulfate to help strengthen tendons and cartilage.
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