If so, giving a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement may benefit your dog.
Glucosamine/chondroitin supplements are becoming one of the most often used supplements in the pet industry for the treatment of arthritis and other joint problems, in fact, many dog foods now add these compounds into their foods. Problem is that there often isn’t enough in the dog food to do any good, and the effectiveness of what may be present may be destroyed by the cooking process. So supplementation is recommended.
All contain glucosamine and chondroitin. Some also contain MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) for pain and/or hyaluronic acid, another type of glucosamine.
Glucosamine sulfate is a naturally occurring compound and helps with the body’s production of joint lubricants and shock absorption, and helps to maintain or restore joint health. Many glucosamine supplements source their glucosamine from shellfish, which means the animal has to die in order to extract the glucosamine.
Chondroitin sulfate may help in preventing stress injuries to joints and help repair damaged cartilage. Some studies indicate that chondroitin sulfate can also reduce joint pain. Chondroitin production in the body decreases with age, so supplementation can be beneficial for older dogs. Chondroitin is usually derived from cow, shark or whale cartilage, again meaning an animal has to die. Many consumers are concerned about the ethical harvesting of shark and whale cartilage, and would prefer other sources.
We recently came across a company called Wapiti Labs, that offers a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement with the glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid sourced from elk velvet antlers. Elk velvet antlers are the soft “spring” antlers of the male elk prior to the antlers becoming hardened via calcification. At this stage, the antler contains a wealth of nutrients, minerals and growth factors, including naturally occurring glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid. The beauty of this is that because they come from the same source, they all work in concert together to help heal instead of a supplement that collects ingredients from multiple sources.
Velvet antlers are harvested in an easy and humane way and the animals live to talk about it! Wapiti Labs has their own huge ranch in Minnesota where the elk are raised and given the best care possible.
So after trying it on our own dogs, we like the elk velvet antler option offered through Wapiti Labs over most other supplements we’ve tried. We also like Level 5000 by a company called Liquid Health.
Even though my dog isn’t exhibiting signs of arthritis, I have him on the Wapiti Labs supplement because he’s 7-1/2 years old and plays hard. If you have a dog that’s getting older, I would encourage you to do the same. If you’d like more information on these products, please contact us.