Joint supplements for dogs
- Joint supplements are often prescribed for dogs with arthritis, or for those with a high chance of developing it.
- Joint supplements are available as tablets, capsules, as a liquid, and in certain dog foods.
- Joint supplements are safe to use alongside most other medications.
- Joint supplements help some dogs, but not all - speak to your vet for more information.
- You can buy joint supplements from our online PDSA Pet Store.
How do joint supplements work?
Joint supplements are thought to work by:
- Natural anti-inflammatory action - to soothe stiff joints.
- Keep joint fluid healthy - to ease movement.
- Feed cartilage - to keep it strong and smooth.
Joint supplements are useful for some pets but not all - speak to your vet for more information.
Joint supplements are thought to slow the progression of arthritis and reduce joint pain. They are safe to use alongside other common arthritis medicines such as anti-inflammatories and pain relief medicines.
Wear and tear throughout life means that joint problems are common in older dogs.
A joint problem/injury increases the chance of arthritis. Your vet may prescribe joint supplements for your dog if they’ve suffered a joint problem in the past.
Working dogs are at a higher risk of developing arthritis due to the amount of exercise they do. If you own a working dog, your vet may prescribe joint supplements to try to keep their joints healthy.
When to contact your vet
Contact your vet surgery for advice on whether your dog may benefit from taking joint supplements and if so, the most suitable product for them.
Published: June 2018
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