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4 Natural Ingredients That Help Nurture & Heal Your Dog’s Joints

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on October 19, 2017

As your dog ages, you may notice he’s becoming stiff and slow – the same way people do as they get older. You’ll notice several changes as your puppy becomes an old fella, and you’ll want to respond to the changes the best way you can.

In recent years, people have been turning back to nature to find relief from their own ailments, including joint issues as they age. The same can work for finding joint supplements for dogs. The following ingredients have been tested in humans and used to relieve joint stiffness and pain in people for years – and now they’ve been found to have similar effects in dogs.


Glucosamine is found naturally in the body, especially in fluid around the joints. Glucosamine supplements contain anti-inflammatory properties, which is instrumental in reducing joint pain. It’s important to have a source of glucosamine in your pup’s diet. Even more amazing – in laboratory studies, Glucosamine appeared to help assist in cartilage regeneration, rebuilding cartilage where needed!


Chondroitin is another mineral found naturally in your dog’s joints. Chondroitin’s moisture-retaining properties are so incredible that it is also used in wound dressing to help promote healing. Studies done in human patients with joint injuries have shown that those who took Chondroitin reported less pain and a shorter period of recovery from morning stiffness than those who took a placebo. This is usually paired with Glucosamine to give joints relief.


Turmeric can be found on your local grocer’s shelf, but it’s been used in Eastern Indian medicine for thousands of years. It has been a go-to for all kinds of ailments because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric naturally reduces inflammation in joints, which eases pain, swelling and stiffness.


MSM, short for methylsulfonylmethane, may not sound natural but don’t let the name fool you. MSM is a non-toxic organic sulfur compound found naturally in the body and often used to treat osteoarthritis. In lab tests, it appeared to improve recovery and provide pain relief from arthritis by reducing inflammation and swelling in the joints.

As our dogs get older, they need extra love and care – and we’re happy to give them as much as they need! For those of us with dogs whose joints aren’t what they used be, we want to show them the same care we’d give ourselves.

If you’d prefer safe ingredients found in nature, not just produced in a lab for your own ailments, why not give your dog the same? Happy, Healthy Advanced Hip & Joint Chews feature Glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin, & Organic Turmeric. Dogs love them, too!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.

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