Hip and joint issues are a common problem that both cats and dogs face. Especially for older animals, calcium deposits, scar tissue, wear-and-tear, or changes to the bones at the joint surfaces are likely to remain present and will continue to affect your pet regardless of its diet.
That being said, there are supplements that contain Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate, Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, Selenium, and MSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane) to assist in decreasing inflammation and improving the body's ability to repair and strengthen tissues.
Supplements, however, will not reverse structural changes in a joint such as torn cartilage, calcium deposits, and advanced scar tissue. Although you cannot reverse these changes, you can still treat the arthritis to make it a little easier on your pet. Also, it is especially helpful for dogs suffering from patellar luxation!
Rose-Hip Vital® Canine is a 100% natural joint treatment and nutritional supplement that may be of benefit for improving the joint health and general well-being of active and ageing dogs. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, a rich source of vitamin C, and is safe, scientifically proven and registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). The unique property of the product is the special patented compound which is activated during the patented drying process, causing it to act as natural anti-inflammatory.Formulated for both dogs and cats, this product has a comprehensive, synergistic blend of highly assailable Essential Organic Nutrients, it contains plant cell vitamins, organic minerals trace elements and amino acids often lacking or missing in modern day foods. The prehistoric marine mineral deposit (Corals etc.) in Eon is uncontaminated by modern day pollution, easily assimilated and utilized by the body and does not accumulate to form stones like excessive use of bones and shells do. Eon is an important addition to balancing home prepared cooked or raw diets and as a quality supplement for commercial processed and raw diets. Also for dogs and cats, Glucosamine is highly effective in combination with Super C 2000 in repairing torn ligaments, sprained muscles and traumatized nerves. This amino "food" is a component of carbohydrate assimilation incorporated into growing and repairing body tissue rather than being use a as a source of energy. So the product is highly effective in repairing torn ligaments, sprained muscles and traumatized nerves. Commonly used with chondroitin sulfate in severe cases. Beneficial for respiratory weakness (inhalant allergies, asthma, etc.), allergies (especially affecting the mucous membranes and skin),osteoporosis/ arthritis, and tendonitis. Used in preventative and curative protocols. Nupro Joint & Immunity Support Dog Health Supplement adds Glucosamine Complex, MSM and Ester-C to enrich their original "Gold" Formula, especially for the active and/or senior animal. Your dog now has the benefit of a scientifically balanced combination of select ingredients specifically formulated to support normal joint structure, function and flexibility, as well as promote optimal overall health and well-being. NUPRO helps to maintain the health and resiliency of joints, muscles and connective tissues, and to ease discomfort associated with normal daily exercise and active lifestyles. Not just for senior dogs or those who may have possible joint issues! Active athletes (agility dogs, surfing dogs, dock-diving dogs, weight pulling dogs), show dogs, working dogs (police, arson, search and rescue K-9s), sled dogs, hunting dogs, herding dogs and large breed dogs will benefit from the addition of Glucosamine to their daily regimen. The combination of Nupro's raw, unprocessed formula with the added extras makes for a superior product from all adult dogs.