It definitely goes without saying that our pets play such important roles in our lives. Depending on the day, they can be therapists, our partners in crime, our confidants, and always our best friends. Their comfort and care is our responsibility, and sometimes that task is not easy. As our dogs age, natural senility can cause problems in their bodies. Arthritis and gastric issues are the most common. According to studies, arthritis affects 20% of middle aged dogs and 90% of older dogs. Although there are many solutions available, some are much safer and more effective than others.
The Truth about Prescription Pain Medications
While they can be necessary in some cases, prescription pain medications and/or NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) have a long list of dangerous side effects. Common side effects can be and are not limited to severe gastric and kidney issues, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is important to note that certain NSAIDs are less harmful than others, but the fact for pet owners to note is that there are several less harmful options on the market to consider before choosing prescription pain medications.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin
The basic science of glucosamine chondroitin is that it provides support to the connective tissues around joints. Of all the joint supplements on the commercial market today, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements have been around the longest. They typically come in pill or powder forms in which pet owners administer daily. Dog food manufacturers have even started to add them to their kibble as to ease cost and administration to pet owners.
While they can be effective for some, they have not had a solid track record over the years. There have been multiple studies done by the National Institute of Health that have said glucosamine chondroitin has faired no better than a placebo with long term arthritis. If you do choose to administer glucosamine chondroitin, many say that sources such as chicken feet, beef tracheas, shrimp, and some other seafood are a good natural way to provide these to your dog.
The New Kid on the Block
Hyaluronic acid has been used in equine veterinary medicine for about 30 years, but use in small animals is relatively new. Yet, since it has hit the mainstream market, it has made a very large impact. While Hyaluronic acid (or HA) makes up the a lot of the skin, eyes, and other parts of the body, it’s also the primary component of the synovial fluid that cushions the joints of all mammals. Arthritis is caused when this fluid starts to break down and not function effectively anymore.
Since there are so many HA supplements emerging on the market, it’s important to find one that meets the below requirements:
HA is meant to be a clear, viscous liquid that mimics natural joint fluid. This allows it to be absorbed in the upper GI tract and delivered straight to our pets’ joints. This ensures quick and efficient results. Pills and powders get passed to the lower GI tract and mostly excreted before they are absorbed, taking much longer to see results.
High-Molecular weight mimics the body’s natural fluid, and therefore provides the best results.
When choosing a safe, all-natural, and effective joint supplement, we would recommend a joint supplement that embodies the characteristics listed and keeps your best friends active for life!
Guest blog contributed by LubriSyn HA