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Choosing The Best Joint Supplement for a Golden Retriever

by Dan Borja on March 02, 2020

Is your beautiful Golden Retriever starting to get a bit sore as they grow older?


It could be taking them longer to get up in the morning. Or your dog seems to be having trouble running after their ball and going up and down the stairs. 


If that sounds like your Golden Retriever, then they could  be showing signs of joint damage. This damage can include arthritis and hip dysplasia, which causes joint pain. You might already be considering adding a joint supplements to your dog’s diet. But the choice can be overwhelming.

 

What are the 6 things you need to know when choosing the best joint supplement for your Golden Retriever?

#1 Select a Supplement With a Variety of Active Ingredients

 

Many of us are aware that glucosamine is one of the most popular joint supplements. But there are many other active ingredients which could benefit your dog as well.


Supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin have shown positive clinical effects in dogs with osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. So your joint supplement should at the very least contain both these active ingredients.


Glucosamine acts as a lubricant to help joints move freely. As your dog ages, the production of glucosamine slows down. The lack of glucosamine is one of the main reasons that their joints begin to stiffen.


Chondroitin sulfate is proven to help keep cartilage within the joints supple, which can prevent extra stress on these delicate joints. Chondroitin can also help support the reduction in pain and renew cartilage.


Other beneficial active ingredients include fatty acids and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). MSM helps repair cartilage, and fatty acids can reduce inflammation.


Some supplements also contain a mix of antioxidants including Vitamin C that helps reduce the damage.

 

#2 Read the Label

 

So, you've selected a joint supplement with a wide range of active ingredients. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the amount of each of these ingredients per serving.


Most veterinarians agree that a dose of 250mg glucosamine per 25 pounds of weight should be enough to help your dog’s joints. Supplements containing less than this are unlikely to have any positive effects.


The number of active ingredients contained in some budget brands may not be enough. You might also have seen dry dog food which has been ‘fortified’ with glucosamine. You’re still better off selecting a popular supplement though. Use one with the correct levels of active ingredients and feed alongside your usual dog food.


Take a careful look at the label to make sure your chosen supplement contains high levels of glucosamine, so you are getting your monies worth.

#3 Choose A Supplement Made In The USA

Before buying any supplement, make sure you check the supplement is made in the USA. Buying USA products guarantees the highest quality ingredients and stringent safety procedures.


Budget brands, including some made overseas, may not be subject to the same stringent quality control. Supplements made in the USA also use Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations.


This means that budget supplements may contain less active ingredients. You could be disappointed by the lack of results they offer. Choosing made in the USA, you can guarantee a quality product.

#4 Choose a Hypoallergenic Supplement if Your Golden Retriever Has Food Sensitivities or Allergies

 

If your dog has had a severe reaction to particular ingredients before, you should consider selecting a hypoallergenic joint supplement.


Check that any supplement you choose contains natural and organic ingredients, without any fillers or byproducts.

#5 Remember That Your Golden Retriever’s Condition and Age Will Affect Results

Bear in mind that you will need to feed your chosen supplement at a double dose for the first two weeks.

 

After this, you should start to see signs of improvement in your dog. You can then reduce the dose and continue using your chosen supplement on a daily basis.


If your dog is a little overweight, then this will add extra stress to their joints. So it will be harder for your chosen supplement to take effect. Regular exercise and the correct amount of food will help your dog stay at the right weight.


Bear in mind that you will need to feed your chosen supplement at a double dose for the first two weeks.

 

After this, you should start to see signs of improvement in your dog. You can then reduce the dose and continue using your chosen supplement on a daily basis.


If your dog is a little overweight, then this will add extra stress to their joints. So it will be harder for your chosen supplement to take effect. Regular exercise and the correct amount of food will help your dog stay at the right weight.

The age of your golden will also impact the level of joint damage. Older dogs are more likely to have significant joint damage. Cartilage does not have any nerve endings. So any joint damage can be quite advanced before you see any physical symptoms.

 

It’s a great idea to consider adding a joint supplement to your dog’s diet before you see any signs of pain or discomfort. Many owners now choose to start their Golden Retrievers on a joint supplement right away.

 

Remember that prevention is much better than needing expensive treatments in the future.


Adding these supplements will help reduce the breakdown of joints as your dog ages. Meaning your beloved Golden Retriever can stay as mobile as possible, for many years to come.

#6 Choose a Format to Suit Your Dog

 

While some dogs will happily eat anything you offer them, others can be fussier. If your dog is a picky eater, then carefully consider the formula of the joint supplement you intend to give.


You can choose between chewable tablets, powders, liquids, and treats.


Chewable glucosamine tablets and treats for dogs often contain a flavoring. The flavoring helps make them more palatable, meaning that many dogs love this option! You can mix Particular Paws joint liquids and powders with your dog’s usual meal.

 


 

While some dogs will happily eat anything you offer them, others can be fussier. If your dog is a picky eater, then carefully consider the formula of the joint supplement you intend to give.


You can choose between chewable tablets, powders, liquids, and treats.


Chewable glucosamine tablets and treats for dogs often contain a flavoring. The flavoring helps make them more palatable, meaning that many dogs love this option! You can mix Particular Paws joint liquids and powders with your dog’s usual meal.

KEEPING YOUR GOLDEN RETRIEVER IN GREAT CONDITION

If you only choose one supplement to add to your dog’s diet - make it a joint supplement. The difference it will make to your dog’s quality of life could amaze you. You will notice that they look much less stiff and sore, enjoying long walks or their favorite games once more.


As well as feeding your chosen joint supplement, it’s important to keep taking for dog for gentle walks. Checking your dog is not overweight can also help reduce pressure on joints.


With the right joint supplement, you can help your older dog to make the most of their golden years.

"Prevention is the best way to ensure your dog doesn’t suffer."

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Where does all that energy come from?!

 

When your golden is young, they are full of it. Little do they know that they are more likely to get arthritis.

 

Seeing our dogs suffering from joint pain is very scary. Knowing this pain first hand created the need for a solution. Not just when it is a problem, but also to prevent the problems from occurring.

 

Thankfully there is a solution that has helped thousands of dogs live longer, pain free lives. Giving your dog joint supplements will lower the risk and reduce pain.

 

Your Golden looks to you for everything they need. Give them a little extra, so they can always be by your side for many years to come.

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