Mobility or joint supplements are one of the most popular range of supplements available to our pets, these types of supplements can and should be used proactively in younger animals whenever possible before problems become apparent to help maintain joint health. This is especially true for dogs that may have a predisposed condition due to their breed or size, such as hip and elbow problems. Giving a supplement can help ensure the joint is protected against wear and tear potentially reducing the likelihood of a painful condition occurring at an early age.
Arthritis is thought to affect 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years old So joint supplements are more commonly used in ageing pets who are already showing signs of osteoarthritis and are struggling with their mobility.
Signs may include: –
Joint supplement work by aiding the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory activity, by supporting the metabolism of the joints and supporting joint structure
The ingredients often found in joint supplements include: –
Joint supplements are available in different presentations, most commonly a flavour coated tablet but they can also be in a capsule that can be pulled apart and sprinkled onto your pet’s food or a flavoured liquid that can be poured on to the food or as a tasty chew, due to the fish oil in the supplement most pet do find them quite palatable.
They are special diets available too which are designed to support the skin, some of these will be prescription foods that you buy from your vet.
Skin Supplements are another popular range of supplements for our pets. These are often used to aid skin conditions like dry, flaky skin or general seasonal itchiness but can also be used as a maintenance supplement which can help to maintain a healthy glossy coat.
The skin/coat is the largest organ in dogs and cats, making up 10-15% of their body weight,
Basic function of the skin include:
Skin supplements are formulated to support the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory processes and to calm sensitive skin
Skin supplement come in various formulas, most commonly a tablet which is added to the pet’s food or a capsule which can be pulled apart and the contents sprinkled on to the food. They also come in a liquid formula which is often in a bottle which is usual dark in colour as the ingredients in the liquids can be light sensitive.
There are special diets available too which are designed to support the skin, some of these will be prescription foods that you buy from the vet.