We'd like to think that a dog's newfound reluctance to run to the living room window every time the mailman comes by is a result of personal growth (maybe they're just over those things now). Unfortunately, such behavioral changes could just as easily (and - who knows - much more likely) be due to a dog's lack of interest in running due to ailments and joint problems.
If that's the case (to be sure, you should consult a veterinarian), there are several ways to relieve your dog's pain and improve his mobility. From physical therapy to cold laser treatment to - in the most severe cases - surgery, there are many options. While veterinarians do the work in some of the more serious cases, there are, of course, things you can do to help your pet's joints. Whether it's to alleviate existing discomfort or to prevent problems in the first place. The best way to get started? Diet. There are many studies that recommend glucosamine supplements to help heal joints. But does adding more glucosamine to your dog's diet really help him go the (literal) extra mile? Read on to learn how you can go about it.
What is glucosamine, anyway?
Glucosamine is a natural structural component in cartilage - a firm, whitish tissue that cushions your dog's joints. It helps renew cartilage and keep it healthy so your dog can walk, run and jump properly. In keeping with its joint-strengthening properties, glucosamine is often used in supplements to prevent cartilage breakdown or relieve joint pain. Glucosamine is also recommended for dogs with hip dysplasia or disc injuries, and for dogs recovering from joint surgery. In these cases, glucosamine is often combined with chondroitin sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate is another natural substance that stimulates cartilage repair and - when combined with glucosamine - can speed up the joint healing process.
Okay, but does glucosamine really work?
Since the 1980s, scientists have studied glucosamine to confirm its effectiveness in strengthening human joints. Over the years, scientists have found that certain types of glucosamine provide greater pain relief than most common anti-inflammatory drugs. Especially when used in conjunction with other ingredients and supplements, such as chondroitin.
In the mid-to-late part of the last century, researchers began turning their attention to dogs to see if glucosamine played a similar role in their joints. Their findings? The supplemental substance appeared to be on par with some prescription drugs in terms of joint relief. Some veterinarians often recommend it to treat osteoarthritis in dogs, rather than prescribing painkillers or physical therapy. This, of course, supports the argument that glucosamine works in the real world! Although more research is needed to confirm the actual effectiveness of glucosamine in relieving joint pain, studies to date have positively demonstrated the supplement's ability to support stronger joints and overall joint health.
Are there any side effects worth mentioning?
Glucosamine has very few and mild side effects, including allergies, fatigue, insomnia, and excessive thirst and urination. Of course, as with any new ingredient you add to your dog's food or diet plan, you should always check with your veterinarian to make sure you are doing the right thing for your dog.
My dog is ready to try glucosamine! What next?
This is the first step toward a healthier future! Your dog - or at least his joints - won't regret it. To help you deliver glucosamine to your dog in the most convenient way possible, we've developed Hello Jack MOVE, which not only contains glucosamine and chondroitin to support hip mobility, but also natural ingredients like organic turmeric and green-lipped mussels that have been shown to help repair connective tissue and strengthen bones.
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