As dog’s age, they begin to slow down and have trouble doing regular tasks. Climbing stairs, getting in and out of cars.
Even just rising to their feet can cause some animals pain. This discomfort is due to the degeneration of their joint tissues.
There are many options for pet parents and vets to choose from to treat the breaking down of joint tissue. As always, when deciding on how to handle your animals ailment, seek the advice of a professional if you are unsure of which product to select.
Pharmaceutical drugs are one option, but these carry serious side effects. Pet parents and vets are instead turning to natural supplements such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM to cure their pets.
During their lifetime, most pets will suffer from joint degeneration. Those who are overweight, have suffered injury or illness, or are predisposed to a genetic condition are at particularly high risk.
Veterinarians have been recommending glucosamine supplements for over twenty years. Glucosamine activates a building block of cartilage. Cartilage is soft and spongy and easily torn. Glucosamine assists in the stimulation of the DNA that protect against the breaking down of joint tissue.
In a study conducted in 2012, researchers concluded that glucosamine sulfate provided: “pain relief superior or equal to the commonly used analgesic or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).”
More good news the study revealed is glucosamine sulfate had little side effects. They could be most helpful if used in combination with other natural supplements and other drugs.
According to Arthritis.org, “glucosamine shows anti-inflammatory properties, and even appears to help cartilage regeneration.”
Along with glucosamine sulfate, there are other naturally occurring substances that can be used to treat arthritis and joint degradation in your pets. Chondroitin sulfate is one of the main components of cartilage. It helps the cartilage retain water and its soft spongy consistency.
Methylsulfonylmethane, (MSM), is an organic sulfur; sulfur is critical for every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. It is needed by these body systems to function at optimal level. MSM provides a source of biological sulfur. This blocks the transformation of pain impulses. It also enhances the activity of cortisol, which is an anti-inflammatory hormone.
If you do decide to take advantage of using these naturally occurring organic supplements, give them time to take hold. Vets recommend examining your pet for three weeks but waiting a few months to see if there are any side effects. Luckily, you don’t have to buy all three supplements separately. They are available as a three-in-one pill.
Like we said previously, be sure you discuss at length with your vet the best course of action for treating your pet. Your furry friend might need a combination of supplements and doses.