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As our pets are living longer, issues such as osteoarthritis have become very common in dogs and even cats. Two of the most important things you can do to help your arthritic pet is to feed a low carbohydrate food (raw is best), and keep your pet’s weight down. Grains, carbohydrates and sugars fuel inflammation which makes the pain of arthritis worse. Also, an overweight pet puts much undue stress on joints. The standard rule is that you should be able to feel your pet’s ribs easily by running your hand over his or her side. If you have to push your fingers into fat to feel ribs, your pet is overweight.
So, what does this have to do with joint supplements? Just like in any holistic treatment, you must treat the whole animal. Joint supplements work best when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program. Even the best joint supplement in the world will not work well if your pet is severely overweight.
The best joint supplements use multiple ingredients synergistically to achieve the highest anti-inflammatory and pain relief results. For example, dog biscuits containing only “glucosamine” will never work as well as a more concentrated formula including glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, turmeric, Ester-C, Yucca schidigera, and probiotics–all of which have anti-inflammatory properties and support the body as a whole.