Benefits of Chondroitin for Dogs
Chondroitin sulfate can be found in your dog’s cartilage around the joints. This compound is usually obtained from animal sources such as cow and shark cartilage. Several chondroitin sulfate products do not have proper labels and may not reflect its exact composition amount. For this reason we have taken steps to ensure our label is correct and reflects exactly what’s in our product.
What is Chondroitin for Dogs Used For?
The 'cushion' between your dog's bones is also called cartilage. It resists compression and prevents the bones from rubbing against each other. Chondroitin sulfate is part of a large protein molecule that gives cartilage its elasticity. Chondroitin is especially effective when combined with other ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, manganese ascorbate, glucosamine and collagen peptides for reducing osteoarthritis symptoms.
How Does Chondroitin Work for Dog Osteoarthritis?
When tackling osteoarthritis, chondroitin sulfate helps slow the breakdown process of cartilage. It also promotes water retention and elasticity which allows for proper shock absorption.
Understanding the Benefits of Chondroitin for Dogs
- The three primary functions of chondroitin include:
- Stimulating and up-regulating cartilage synthesis
- Increasing the absorption of healthy nutrients into cartilage
- Inhibiting white blood cell enzymes that damage cartilage
Ongoing research has found that synergistic benefits can be achieved by using chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride together.
Benefits of Combining Chondroitin with Glucosamine
As mentioned, these compounds provide the building blocks for your dog's body to manufacture collagen and the necessary proteoglycans in the joint cartilage. In addition, these compounds allow your dog to develop the synovial membrane to keep their joints lubricated. When glucosamine and chondroitin are combined as a supplement for dog’s joints, they have a synergistic effect, i.e., the positive effects are amplified.
However, it is important that chondroitin and glucosamine are made available in the correct ratio for them to be beneficial. In other words, there needs to be nearly twice the amount of glucosamine to chondroitin for optimal results. At Barx Nutrition, our all-natural hip and joint care tablets for dogs contain 500mg of Glucosamine HCL and 300 mg of Chondroitin Sulfate.