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.