Joint pain and arthritis in dogs have a number of causes. However, the most common factor is natural aging. Affecting over half of all dogs in their lifetime, arthritis is a degenerative joint condition that most often affects joints in the hips, lower back, knees, wrists, and elbows of our canine pets. It hurts us to see our once active companions in such pain every time getting up from a nap. When a dog’s joints are stiff, they seem to have lost interest in taking walks or playing anymore. And, we will do anything to help them find energy and relief again. Glucosamine seems to be an ingredient in nearly every pet joint care supplement. It’s probably the most well-known component of joint supplements. So, is Glucosamine good for dogs?
What is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring chemical compound in the bodies of mammals. Glucosamine is important because it is a building block of cartilage that cushions joints. Glucosamine is also in the synovial fluid that lubricates joints. Unfortunately, natural glucosamine levels decrease as our pets age. This can lead to a slow breakdown of the joint compounds. So this weakens joints and causes joint pain. A joint supplement with glucosamine is a good thing. However, there are different types of glucosamine. And, the difference between them is important regarding effectiveness.
Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium is the specific type of glucosamine that is needed for cartilage formation and repair in all mammals. Laboratory tests show that glucosamine sulfate potassium helps protect joint cartilage by limiting breakdown and helping to build up levels of cartilage. Other forms of glucosamine that are commonly sold are glucosamine chondroitin, glucosamine hydrochloride, and N-acetylglucosamine. Of these forms of glucosamine, only glucosamine sulfate potassium is considered “likely effective” for treating arthritic conditions.
As the cartilage in your dog wears down over time with age, so does the production of glucosamine. Glucosamine helps maintain the synovial fluid that lubricates joints and helps cushion the cartilage. This is why there are a great many dietary supplements on the market designed for the relief of joint discomfort containing glucosamine. However, not all supplements contain the effective glucosamine sulfate potassium.
How Flexpet With Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium Helps Pets in Pain
Lucy was suffering from crippling joint pain, and needed a brace and a lift/hoist just to go on a walk. After taking Flexpet with glucosamine sulfate potassium, the results were remarkable. In just a few weeks Lucy was able to ditch the brace and lift and walk without pain again.
Besides Glucosamine, What Else is in Flexpet?
In addition to Glucosamine Sulfate Potassium, Flexpet is the only pet product on the market to use CM8 (Cetyl Myristoleate). This fatty acid was discovered by a researcher at the National Institutes for Health and gives joint pain relief. It occurs naturally in certain mammals blocking the formation of arthritis. It has many other biological functions including anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief. Furthermore, cetyl myristoleate has multiple patents for the treatment of arthritis.
We also include MSM in our formula. MSM is a sulfur compound that occurs naturally in plants and animals. It is needed by the body to form connective tissue. Studies show it helps reduce inflammation and pain. Another important ingredient in FLexpet is Hydrolyzed Collagen Type II. This ingredient is included to help protect and rebuild joint cartilage. Since collagen is the most common structural protein in the body, hydrolyzed collagen helps stimulate collagen production, decrease joint pain, and increase bone mass density.
Other Flexpet ingredients are Bromelain which is found naturally in pineapple stems. It reduces inflammation for arthritis, and alleviates muscle stiffness and soreness. Vitamin C is included to help repair tissue, and can help reduce the degeneration of cells in cartilage, and boost immunity and energy. We also include an Enzyme Blend to aid in digestion and allow your pet’s the body to absorb the larger molecules like cetyl myristoleate.
At Flexpet, we care about you and your pets. We want to help you keep them as healthy as possible. We have a fantastic and knowledgeable customer care team available to answer any of your questions about our joint supplement products and how they may help your dog or cat. If your dog has joint pain issues, we invite you to try Flexpet today and start your dog on the journey to playing like a pup again. Flexpet is so confident it is the best joint supplement for dogs and cats it comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee. Our Flexpet joint care supplements have excellent reviews on social media. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, email, or by phone at 1-800-505-0575.