Jumping, running, fetching, digging. These are all specialties of dogs. And much like people as you get older your joints start to have some wear and tear. This can lead to arthritis and joint discomfort. We don’t want that!

The Facts

Articular cartilage or joint cartilage is the smooth surface of articular cartilage that allows unimpeded gliding and rotation of the joint. Joint cartilage contains a high concentration of nerve fibers, which are so sensitive that even small changes in the thickness or gooeyness of the joint fluid can cause an ache in the joint. This cartilage is meant to protect the joints from damage and absorb the joint stress from every day moving. The most common signs of joint issues include stiffness, limping, or favoring a limb, inability to rise, reluctance to jump or even climb stairs, and noticeable pain.

Primary arthritis develops from the normal wear and tear of a joint with time and age so it can be a good idea if your dog is still young to treat preventatively to help maintain health joints.

The Supplements

Super Snout’s Joint Powder is a good product to try. The active ingredients in the powder are responsible for the anti-inflammatory and lubricating properties and result in ongoing self-repair and replenishment of joints. It also supplies minerals that are needed to metabolize vitamins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and proteins.

If powders aren’t your thing, then try Sound Dog Viscosity by Herbsmith. This is a glucosamine-based formula that aids in joint support by maintaining the normal viscosity of joint fluid. Sound Dog Viscosity™ also contains Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, and herbs to better address all aspects of joint support. Best part is… they’re in a treat form! These treats provide the building blocks for synovial fluid, cartilage, and connective tissues of the joint.


The Daily Care

On top of these supplements remember to keep your dog moving. This will help. Arthritis and joint problems can develop into a vicious cycle. Because when it hurts to move, dogs stop exercising which can lead to weight gain and that puts increased stress on the joints. Not good.  Exercise will also help the joint by pumping natural lubrication into the area. Gentle exercise keeps joints limber and healthy, can help slim down a pudgy dog, and just helps them feel better. Walks are always a good idea!

So whether your dog has joint issues and you’re looking to slow down the progression or you’re just doing preventative care both the Super Snout’s Joint Powder and Sound Dog Viscosity are wonderful supplements and beneficial for your dog.