Dachshund Joint Supplements – that actually work!
As we all know, Dachshunds are prone to back injuries. If your Dachshund has intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), or has a previous back injury, they will become prone to arthritis as they age.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition that leads to deterioration of the joint cartilage over time. This can cause inflammation, pain, and the inability to use that joint normally. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint including the spine. If your dog’s back hurts, he or she might bear weight abnormally which can worsen the already present arthritis.
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Your veterinarian may prescribe NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) to help reduce the inflammation and pain at first. However, long term use of this medication can cause side effects. To decrease the side effects your dog may suffer from, your veterinarian may recommend some supplements to help keep your dog’s joints healthy.
These supplements can help prevent and slow the progression of joint disease and reduce the frequency of NSAID use. There are 3 common supplements that can help support and protect the joint cartilage. These can be used alone but work best in combination.
Glucosamine is an amino sugar involved in building up the cartilage and stimulating growth of new cartilage. When you first start this supplement, it should be given at a loading dose of twice maintenance for four to six weeks in order to reach therapeutic levels. After that, it can be giving at a daily maintenance dose. Chondroitin sulfate
This supplement works by blocking enzymes that break down cartilage. It also requires a loading dose, similar to glucosamine. Glucosamine and chondroitin are often given together due to their synergistic effects.
Omega-3 fatty acids
This supplement is known to help the body in many ways including boosting the immune system and supporting heart, kidney, and joint health. Dogs aren’t able to produce these fatty acids on their own, so they need to be supplemented in their diet. The two specific omega-3 fatty acids responsible for helping to decrease inflammation in osteoarthritis are EPA and DHA whichare found in fresh caught cold water fish.
There are many other supplements that complement the ones mentioned above and they are often found together in various formulations.
These other supplements include:
- Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU)
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
- Green tea extract-Eggshell membrane
- Green-lipped mussels
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Boswellia serrata extract
- Manganese ascorbate
While there aren’t many studies on these additional joint health supplements, they can often be beneficial. Finding the best product for your dog can be overwhelming. There are many different brands and preparations available, so it is best to talk to your veterinarian about what joint supplements will best benefit your dog.