Just like us, our furry friends can get the same joint aches and pains as they enter their senior years. It’s hard watching our pups go from having endless amounts of energy and always being up to play a game of fetch, to an older, less energetic dog who’d rather nap on the couch.
Maintaining a healthy body weight for your dog’s size and breed will help to prevent damage to their aging joints. Even then, the natural aging process will cause your dog to slow down. Luckily, there are plenty of supplements that can help to ease the symptoms of arthritis pain in your aging dog!
As always, you must ask your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet, and definitely consult your vet if your dog is experiencing arthritis pain so they can provide treatment. Here are five dietary supplements that can help make your senior pooch more comfortable.
1. Salmon Oil
This liquid salmon oil is a great supplement that you can pour right on top of your dog’s food. It’s formulated for both dogs and cats, and has a salmon flavor that both pets love!
The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are what help to keep joints healthy. Not only does this product help joints, but it’s also very beneficial for pets with sensitive skin and helps to keep your pet’s coat healthy.
This supplement is made for all dog breed sizes and comes with feeding instructions based on your pet’s weight.
2. Chewable Tablet Joint Supplement
These maximum strength tablets contain chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, and MSM. These ingredients help protect and support cartilage in the joints of your adult dog.
The tablets are made specifically for adult dogs of all sizes. Their great taste makes them easy to be given orally, put in a treat if your dog is picky, or can be crushed up into your dog’s food.
3. Soft Joint Chews For Large Dogs
These soft chews are for large dogs weighing in at 60 pounds or more. The supplement comes from the brand Nutramax with a special formula called Dasquin. Dasquin combines a very wide variety of ingredients that help start the production of new cartilage as well as block the enzymes responsible for cartilage damage.
Regeneration of cartilage in your pet’s joints will result in a more active dog with less joint pain. Maintaining good joint health is a much bigger concern for large and giant breeds, whose joints tend to break down faster.
Also, this supplement comes highly recommended by veterinarians!
4. Duck Flavored Hip And Joint Chews
These chewable treats, made with ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and Vitamin E, are a great choice for dogs needing treatment specifically for their hips and joints. Glucosamine is the ingredient that helps to treat the arthritis pain and inflammation your pet suffers from.
You won’t have any trouble getting your dog to eat these dietary supplements, as the come in a delicious duck flavor!
While these are extremely beneficial in promoting hip and joint restoration, they also help keep your dog’s immune system strong, as well as their heart!
5. Maximum Strength Soft Chews
This supplement is formulated for all dog breed sizes and comes in the form of a tasty, chewable treat. It contains chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM to help protect cartilage and aid in its production.
These chews also contain omega-3 fatty acids beneficial to the skin and coat. Your dog will have a healthier coat and have less joint pain, making your aging companion look and feel young again!
Do you give your senior dog any supplements for good health? Which ones would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
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