Don’t get caught up in good marketing. Choose a joint supplement that will support your pet’s joints and not just act as a filler.
Taking the time to find a joint supplement that will actually support your pet can be more tedious that it seems. As a pet parent doing research, you have to cut through all the “fluff” of good marketing and cute packaging and look at the ingredients. Your veterinarian is an excellent resource for making sure you are nutritionally supporting your pet’s joints appropriately.
At Balto®, supporting canine and feline joints is our specialty. We spoke with veterinarians and here is what they said to look for in nutritional supplements for joints:
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) – an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help rebuild soft tissue
- Glucosamine – a naturally occurring compound in dogs that is good for joint lubrication and overall cartilage health
- CBD Oil – a cannabinoid that is an excellent anti-inflammatory supplement
- Trixsyn – a hyaluronic acid supplement that helps plump up the cartilage that lines each joint.
- Dimethylglycine (DMG) - a supplement that is often used to support immune system health and function as well as providing efficient oxygen utilization
- DGP (Dog Gone Pain) – a mix of warming herbs and nutraceuticals
- Fish oils – rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and decreases inflammation
- Ligaplex II – a mix of animal parts and plants that support the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
While many joint-related conditions can’t be cured, supporting pets with the proper supplements and noninvasive healing strategies like orthopedic bracing can significantly reduce inflammation and pain.