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

Written by: Justin Palmer
Justin Palmer is a Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist and co-founder of Inspired by his rescued husky, Splash, he dedicated himself to learning about extending both the length and quality of her life. Splash lived and thrived until 18 years old, and now Justin is on a mission to share what he learned with other dog owners.Read more
| Published on August 7, 2019

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.

1. Glucosamine

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!

2. Chondroitin

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.

3. Turmeric

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.

4. Hemp

This is the ingredient everyone’s talking about. Unfortunately, much of the information being presented about Hemp is inaccurate, and inferior and even dangerous products abound. Despite the hype, there does appear to be real clinical evidence surfacing that Hemp can substantially help a dog’s joint pain. This is an excellent resource for choosing a quality Hemp product. Or if you’d like to learn more about the basics of Hemp, this detailed article is an excellent start.

RELATED: 8 Things To Consider Before Buying Your Dog Hemp


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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