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Why do pets suffer from joint problems?

Joints are the place where two bones meet.  The surface of the bones are coated in cartilage.  As a pet ages, the main problem for them is a joint degenerative disease known as osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis occurs when the joints start to fail, animals, be it a dog, cat or horse are always on the move therefore putting their joints under extreme pressure.  As they age the cartilage starts to thin out which can result in the bones rubbing directly against each other resulting in pain and reduced mobility.

What can I do to help?

There are a good range of products available to help prevent and ease joint problems.  From tablets to oils for little dogs to big dogs, there are certain key ingredients that will help.

For more information use our chart to find the most suitable product for your cat or dog, or you may use our chart to find the most suitable product for equine use. You can find a list of our joint products on this site.

What it all does…

Omega-3 – Contains two essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA), as animals do not manufacture adequate amounts themselves, they rely on obtaining it from their diet.  Omega-3 may help to control and maintain inflammation / anti-inflammatory actions.

Glucosamine – Helps to stimulate joint function and maintenance of such cartilage.

Chondroitin – Helps to provide the structure needed for building new cartilage.  It gives the joint shock absorbing properties.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin – Both are amino sugars manufactured by the body but the ability to produce lessens, as animals get older.  Both also may aid obstruction of enzymes that degrade cartilage tissue.

Omega 3, Glucosamine and Chondroitin – Research is indicating that adding Omega 3 to Glucosamine and Chondroitin may also help to slow down cartilage degradation.

MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane) – Is rich in organic sulphur.  Sulphur is an important constituent of flexible disulphide bonds within the protein structure of tissues, providing them with elasticity and movement.

MSM, Omega 3, Glucosamine and Chondroitin – MSM and Omega 3 are synergistic ingredients and may therefore help Glucosamine and Chondroitin do their jobs more effectively.