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Why joint supplement support for Pets?Newer research tells us that nearly 1 in 3 cats over the age of eight could use support for joint function and comfort. And 1 in 5 dogs, especially larger breed dogs, could use support for optimal hip and joint health throughout life, too.The surprising thing with dogs is that we now know they may need support way before their senior years. Cartilage supporting agents are nutrients used to support or help maintain hip and joint health.How do they work? Cartilage supporting agents help promote cartilage health in your cat or dog as he ages. Cartilage is firm elastic living tissue that lines the two bone surfaces in a healthy joint. Cartilage cells produce long chain molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). When they combine with water, they provide cushioning to help protect your pet's bones during movement and exercise.The most common GAG is chondroitin sulfate and chondroitin is naturally present in healthy connective tissue and cartilage. Another GAG naturally found in normal cartilage is hyaluronic acid. This one helps cartilage maintain its flexibility, elasticity, and strength.What's so unique about cartilage is this:

  •  - It has no blood or nerve supply so it can't survive on its own.
  •  - It must get all its nutrition and oxygen from bone and joint fluid.
Over time, cartilage may begin to lose water and become dry and less elastic. Joint fluid production may decrease. Cartilage can benefit from supplementation.Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound composed of a sugar and an amino acid and is involved with the body's production of joint lubricants and shock absorption necessary to maintain healthy cartilage and joint function. It is manufactured in the body in the joint cartilage. Glucosamine sulfate is also one of the building blocks of articular cartilage and it aids in the rebuilding of damaged cartilage.Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) provides two essential substances:

  •  - Sulfur - a vital building block of your pet's joints, cartilage, nerve tissue, skin, hair and nails, and...
  •  - Methyl groups, which support many vital biochemical processes in your pet's body, including energy production.
MSM is a naturally occurring nutrient found in many foods in very small amounts.  Published research shows MSM to be safe and effective in promoting joint comfort and supporting a normal range of motion in animals.The sulfur in MSM helps promote flexibility and elasticity of body tissue and helps maintain cell membrane permeability. MSM also acts as a powerful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and aiding in muscle function and joint fluid production.Supplementation may help support a healthy range of motion and support delivery of nutrients to cartilage and soft tissue in and around the joint.Joint Support for Pets May….       - Improve joint function and movement       -  

Support comfortable, healthy joints       - Nourish joints       - Support healthy cartilage       - Stimulate joint lubrication fluid production       - Enhance mobilityRESEARCHMcCarthy G, O’Donovan J, Jones B, et al. Randomised double-blind, positive-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate for the treatment of dogs with osteoarthritis. Vet J. 2007;174:54-61. AbstractThirty-five dogs were included in a randomized, double-blind, positive controlled, multi-center trial to assess the efficacy of an orally-administered glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate (Glu/CS) combination for the treatment of confirmed osteoarthritis of hips or elbows. Carprofen* was used as a positive control. Dogs were re-examined on days 14, 42 and 70 after initiation of treatment. Medication was then withdrawn and dogs were re-assessed on day 98. Response to treatment was based on subjective evaluation by participating veterinarians who recorded their findings at each visit. Dogs treated with Glu/CS showed statistically significant improvements in scores for pain, weight-bearing and severity of the condition by day 70 (P<0.001). Onset of significant response was slower for Glu/CS than for Carprofen-treated dogs. The results show that Glu/CS has a positive clinical effect in dogs with osteoarthritis.*Carprofen (marketed as Vetprofen, Rimadyl, Imadyl, Novox, Imafen and Rovera)is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that veterinarians prescribe as a supportive treatment for various conditions.

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