In Canada, there is no shortage of unique and innovative joint supplements for dogs. And while many of them use new and promising ingredients to improve the process of joint repair, many of these ingredients are unproven. However there are four ingredients that any high quality joint supplement should contain: Glucosamine, Chondroitin IGF and Hyaluronic Acid.
How Glucosamine Helps Dog’s Joints
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance that is most commonly sourced from the shells of shellfish. Elk Antler velvet is also a great source of this substance and has not shown any of the allergic reactions or digestion issues associated with a fish source. It boosts natural repair of cartilage, which is the wet, spongy material found in between joints. It acts as a cushion between each joint, preventing bones from rubbing together.
When cartilage wears too thin, inflammation happens. Unfortunately, this also causes enzymes to be released which rapidly increase the degeneration of the cartilage, and in hand, also the joints. Providing your dog or cat with a steady supply of glucosamine helps to ensure the cartilage has everything it needs to repair and maintain itself.
Glucosamine is produced naturally in your dog’s body. However, as your dog ages, his natural glucosamine production slows down. This is why it is so common for older dogs to develop joint problems. Providing your dog with a natural source of glucosamine in their diet is imperative for proper joint maintenance, and to prolong their mobility.
How Chondroitin Helps Dog’s Joints
Chondroitin is commonly found paired with glucosamine in joint products for dogs, as chondroitin helps to maintain proper moisture levels in cartilage. In turn, this helps cartilage to stay elastic, which is important to prevent injuries. It is usually sourced from bovine cartilage, however the quality and quantity of chondroitin found in CanEVA has been analyzed for its purity and consistency. Antler is a sustainable and non-GMO. Like glucosamine, chondroitin has been shown to stop or decrease the development of inflammation in your dog’s joints. It has also been proven in extensive scientific trials to greatly reduce the pain associated with joint degeneration.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Help Dog’s Joints?
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in the body, and like other important compounds, natural production can decrease with age. It works to lubricate the joints, by binding with moisture to create a jelly-like substance. It then coats the joints to help keep them moist and malleable. This creates better shock absorption for your dog and he runs, walks, and moves up and down. Hyaluronic Acid is most commonly sourced from the cartilage of chickens, rooster combs and Elk Velvet antler. The purity of hyaluronic acid from antler has emerged in recent years as a star component in joint supplements for both dogs and cats.