The past year has been tough and challenging for most of us. But if there is one silver lining it is that a lot of us dog owners have had the opportunity to spend some much valued and quality time with our four legged companions, both at home and out on walks in the great outdoors.
The increase in exercise you and your dog have been enjoying may have sparked you to think; are my dogs joints as healthy as they can be? The addition of a joint supplement to your dogs diet can provide a multitude of longterm benefits to your pooches wellbeing, comfort and energy. But with so many dog joint supplements on the market, it can be hard to know which to go for.
What key ingredients should I be looking for?
Here are some ingredients that could really benefit your dogs joints and mobility, a well as general health.
Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric that can not only aid your dogs joints by acting as an anti-inflammatory, but it can also help digestion. This makes it a valuable ingredient to any dog joint supplement.
Green Lipped Mussel is another natural anti-inflammatory found in high quality dog joint supplements. Sourced off the coast of New Zealand, green lipped mussels naturally filter sea water resulting in them retaining a large amount of powerful nutrients and minerals. These include enzymes, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids as well as glucosamine and chondroitin amongst many more. As well as strengthening your dogs bones and protecting the cartilage, green lipped muscle also boosts immunity and is known to benefit skin conditions in dogs.
Beta-1,3/1,6-glucan is another multitasking ingredient, known to not only aid your dogs joints but boost immunity, aid digestion and improve skin condition. Other key ingredients to look for are Glucosamine HCL, Chondroitin Sulphate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Vitamins C & E and Manganese Sulphate.
Luckily, some supplements on the market incorporate all these vital ingredients into one handy supplement, such as Flexus 10 from animal supplement manufacturer Aviform. So called because (you’ve guessed it) it contains 10 key ingredients to help aid your dogs joints and mobility. And most importantly, it contains ZERO fillers or bulkers so you can be sure what you are giving your dog in every scoop or capsule.
Diane on Trustpilot writes ‘My 14 year old Border Collie was slowing down and sometimes tripping up when she walked. I put her on Aviform and now she is back to jumping on the settee again! So now my 11 year old German Shepherd is on Aviform too.’ While Sinead raves ‘Seen a difference within a few weeks of using, his coat is softer and shiny and he's a back to his hyper self'.