Over the years you’ve watched your dog or cat grow from loveable adolescent to placid middle-age to sagacious senior. He’s been at your side through all the potty training, trips to the vet, walks in the park, and countless hours of cuddling.
But he’s no longer the spry young pup of his youth.
The tell-tale signs are there – he’s slowed down, has trouble getting up, moves stiffly, and maybe even favors a leg. Though he can’t express it in words, he’s starting to feel his age.
Just as we are prone to body aches and hip joint pains, pets often experience soreness and stiffness as they grow old and begin to suffer from degenerative joint conditions.
As a dog or cat ages, his body produces less glucosamine, a naturally-occurring compound found in joints that helps the body repair tissues and cartilage. This is where joint supplements can come into play. Below are some of which we recommend.
Cosequin for Cats – Cosequin is a patented, scientifically researched nutritional supplement dispensed by thousands of veterinarians to help cats maintain healthy joints. As cats age, it is common for their joints to become less flexible which impacts their mobility and quality of life. You may have noticed that your cat is less eager to jump to her favorite spot. While she used to prowl and chase “prey”, now she is content to rest.
Dasuquin for Dogs – Dasuquin® is a patented, scientifically researched nutritional supplement dispensed by thousands of veterinarians to help dogs maintain healthy joints. As dogs age, it is common for their joints to become less flexible which impacts their mobility and quality of life. You may have noticed that your dog has difficulty walking up stairs or jumping on the bed. While he used to be eager to play, now he is content to rest. Even at younger ages some dogs are subject to joint health concerns which affect flexibility and mobility.
EZ-Chew – This supplements are formulated to provide maximum fortification for joints through the use of natural ingredients, including Glucosamine HCl and Chondroitin Sulfate. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin are the body’s two natural components for constructing and fortifying joints and are included in EZ-CHEW’s comprehensive blend. Dogs love the taste of these soft chews.
Glyco Flex – A chewable tablet that supports joint and connective tissue function in canines. It is the foundation for the GlycoFlex® Stages line of hip and joint support for pets and, is recommended for joint health maintenance programs for puppies and dogs throughout their lives.
Missing Link – This powerful, powdered superfood supplement (say that three times fast!) is chock full of joint and bone health supporting glucosamine and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, as well as dietary fiber and phytonutrients to support your pet’s digestive system and overall health and happiness.
Omega V3 – Specialty formulated with fish oil‚ a source of Omega 3 fatty acids‚ to support healthy skin and coat in small and medium breed dogs and cats. In addition each gelatin capsule contains a comprehensive blend of vitamins.
Pawz– Not a joint supplement at all, but something we wanted to tell you about. Pawz are little rubber booties that you can put on your dog’s feet to give them traction. They really work wonders on slick tile and wood floors. It’s like your dog is wearing sneakers and they really help dogs get up and get around.
We keep all of these products in stock, and they don’t need a prescription, so if you think your pet could benefit, stop by and our helpful staff will help you select the right product for your pet.