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Joint Supplements for Dogs

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VetSpec Joint Supplements for Dogs

VetSpec are the Professional's choice for Dog additives, we cater for all breeds of dogs and dogs doing all kinds of activities for example Show Dogs, Working Dogs, Gundogs, Sheepdogs, Agility Dogs, Greyhounds, Terroer & Hounds, Toy & Utility Dogs and many many more.

Fresh raw meat traditionally fed to hard working dogs provided them with the protein for muscle development and function. It also provided the energy for work and the essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimum development and performance.

Modern processed dog foods are produced in two ways:

  • Either high-temperature cooked to eliminate harmful bacteria (e.g. salmonella) and put into tins or flexible sachets.
  • Extruded to produce the dry dog foods used by most owners. Extruded food is produced by injecting steam and pressure to the food mix and then flash-drying it up to temperatures of over 80 degrees Centigrade.

Some micronutrients (e.g. vitamins) are very sensitive to heat and the VetSpec Professional range is designed to ensure that dogs performing at the highest levels have highly available nutritional support for joint support Deficiencies of these micronutrients can lead to skin and coat problems, poor performance, lack of stamina and many other issues.

One of the many fantastic products VetSpecs offers to deal with Joint support is VetSpec Joint Mobility it is a highly specified, innovative canine additive which is ideal for all working dogs and pets to support joint flexibility. VetSpec Joint Mobility is rich in Glucosamine, MSM and Chrondrotin, it also includes anti oxidatants, is Wheat gluten free and has full traceability of all ingredients. To buy VetSpec Professional Joint Mobility click here or find your nearest stockist.

Joint Supplements - does my dog need one?

The answer to this may be simple if for example you have an elderly dog with arthritis, then yes a joint supplement will definitely be of benefit. What about the rest of us with healthy fit animals? The answer is in most cases feeding a joint supplement is probably not necessary, but there are situations where feeding a joint supplement can be considered a wise investment. Working dogs who are more active and put their joints under more strain than normal would be an example where feeding a joint supplement may be of benefit.

Illustrating a typical synovial joint to help explain joint supplements

Healthy synovial joints allow two bone ends to slide smoothly over each other, courtesy of a concussion absorbing and slippery articular cartilage surface plus a supporting structure. This structure includes a fibrous joint capsule lined by the synovial membrane and filled with a lubricating and shockabsorbing fluid known as synovial fluid. Ligaments are another important element of the supporting structure, linking bone to bone in a way that, when the limbs move in perfect alignment, minimises the possibility of wear and tear on inappropriate, and insuffiiently protected, areas of cartilage. Outside the joint capsule, ligaments and tendons, the latter linking muscle to bone, also help to support joint structures.

How are joints damaged?

When a joint is subject to trauma from repeated and/or excessive use, a range of resulting conditions are defined under the umbrella term of 'traumatic arthritis'. An initial synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane) can lead to damaging changes in the cartilage itself. Pain, swelling and reduced mobility are common symptoms.

The term DJD (degenerative joint disease) is used to describe ongoing deterioration or the end result of initial trauma.

Damaged cartilage is less efficient at producing the substances that help to maintain joint elasticity and shock absorption properties.

Many factors are involved, correct nutrition and sufficient but not excessive exercise is important. Synovial fluid acts as a shock absorber in the joints. This fluid gets thinner as the dog gets older. Glucosamine supplementation helps thicken joint fluid ­ thus improving the comfort zone in and around the joint.

Supplementation

Glucosamine is a component of Glycosaminoglycans(GAG's), which are essential constituents of cartilage and synovial fluid. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a well known GAG that plays an important role in maintaining the viscosity of joint fluid. This thick fluid acts as a lubricant for joint surfaces and together with cartilage provides most of the shock absorption to minimise the concussive forces travelling up the limbs. Glucosamine is also an important precursor of Chondroitin, a constituent of cartilage. Ample glucosamine is produced in healthy joints but damaged joints produce less.

MSM is a bio-available source of sulphur and helps maintain optimum function in connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and muscles. It promotes fluid dispersion at injury sites via its role in the permeability of cell walls. Sulphur is needed for the production of collagen, which is an important component of cartilage. It is common for insuffucient healthy cartilage to be made when joint function is compromised.

Vitamin E and C combat excess free radicals around the joint and boost the immune system.

Conclusion

Joint supplements may play an important role in improving performance in working and agility dogs. They may also improve the quality of life of our elderly companions.