Joint supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin,offer many benefits for your dog. As arthritis is a very common health problem for our canine friends.The use of glucosamine and chondroitin in dogs is an increasingly popular form of alternative therapy for canine arthritis and other degenerative joint and bone disorders.Your dog’s joints are formed where two bones meet. The ends of the bone are cushioned by cartilage. Similar to a shock absorber, the cartilage, joint fluid, and bones work together allowing flexible joint function. Cartilage lacks a direct blood supply, so nutrients from surrounding tissue must pass into the cartilage in order to maintain healthy cartilage structure.As shown in the image below.
Glucosamine has a great reputation for helping joints.What you may not know is that glucosamine can also help with gut health. The type of glucosamine that helps with gut health is NAG (N-Acetyl-Glucosamine). It helps create connective tissue and repair mucous membranes that form the barrier of the gastrointestinal system. It’s been shown to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and improve irritable bowel disease symptoms. It can also support the immune system.
Chondroitin sulfate is the major glycosaminoglycan found source. With age, chondroitin levels in the body decline as joint tissues deteriorate. Loss of chondroitin can also occur due to an injury, trauma, or illness. Chondroitin supplements support cartilage health. It promotes water retention and elasticity in the cartilage, helping to ensure adequate shock absorption and adequate nourishment of the tissues that line the joint. Like glucosamine, with which it is often combined in supplements, chondroitin may also inhibit the production of inflammatory mediators that are destructive to the joint.
A healthy,nutritious diet builds a foundation for to keep your dog healthy,happy and active.
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