Common Supplements for Canine Hip Dysplasia
There are different types of supplements available for canine dysplasia. Before giving any supplement to your dog, ensure that you ask your vet if the supplement meets the current and future needs of your dogs. There are preventative supplements that keep the joints of your dog healthy and strong as also help prevent any joint problem in future. There are also treatment supplements that help repair the joint damage and the nourishing supplements that support the dog’s body as well as the immune system to help continue building healthy joints. Here are the most common supplements for dogs.
Glucosamine occurs naturally and is used in the formation of cartilage. It is essential in fighting inflammation, creating the cushioning fluid around the joints as well as nourishing the cartilage. Glucosamine is available synthetically as glucosamine sulfate or glucosamine hydrochloride.
Chondroitin on the other hand also occurs naturally in the cartilage and also helps reduce inflammation as well as the formation of new cartilage.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, and it aids in the creation and the support of the eyes, skin, joints, connective tissues as well as joint fluids.
It is administered as an injectable supplement for dogs that have joint problems.
Collagen joint supplement
The denatured type 2 collagen (UC-II) helps reduce pain as well as inflammation associated with arthritis. If your dog is suffering from stiffness, lameness or pain associated with arthritis, the UC-II is a supplement worth discussing with your vet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil)
Fish oil is known to reduce inflammation and thus making it one of the best supplements for arthritis for your dog. Most of the commercial dog food is now and with fish oil, but the quantities are not sufficient. Ensure that the fish oil supplement you chose has both DHA and EPA.
Before getting your dog on any supplement, you need to talk to your vet. They will advise you on the best supplement to give as well as the dosage that can work well for your dog.
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