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10 Best Joint Supplements for Dogs Review 2022

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Just as we all want to live long and productive lives, we all want our dogs to live long and happy lives too.


Thanks to modern veterinary science and an increased understanding of their needs, our dogs are living longer.

Woman running on a beach with her healthy dog

The average life expectancy of dogs increased from 10.5 years to 11.8 years between 2002 and 2016.


The deep connection we have with our dogs has led to improved care and this care has ultimately improved health and life extension.


Unfortunately, age creeps up on all of us, even our dogs. The signs can be very subtle and easily missed while we go about our daily lives.


One of the most common problems for senior dogs is arthritis and joint pain. It can be a flare up of an old injury or arthritis which gradually continues to worsen. To help your dog you can turn to joint supplements.


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What are Dog Joint Supplements?

Buying Guide for Dog Joint Supplements

The 10 Best Dog Supplements for Joints

Our Verdict

Frequently Asked Questions



What are Dog Joint Supplements ?


Dog joint supplements can help stave off any joint problems for as long as possible and alleviate the pain once they’ve started.


The truth is that there will be times in your dog's life when additional vitamins and minerals are needed. In these cases, the sooner you start supporting you dog’s joint health, the better the long term results will be.


Joint supplements are often prescribed for older dogs and dogs with arthritis, or for those with a risk of developing it. Though arthritis is degenerative, it can be managed, depending on the cause and other health factors.


There is a vast array of dog joint supplements and joint care products on the UK market.



Buying Guide for Joint Supplements


Here are some general guidelines to bear in mind when you are choosing a supplement or in fact any additional vitamins or minerals for your dog :-


✅ Ideally select a brand which has commissioned a clinical study of their product

✅ Select an experienced brand

✅ Choose a delivery method that you think will be most palatable for your dog whether that’s tablets, liquid or powder

✅ We recommend that you should talk to your vet about what supplements your dog may need. It’s worth noting that ingredients in some herbal supplements can interact with any existing medication



Our review of dog joint supplements includes a range of tablets, powders, sprinkles, chews and liquids as well as some 100% natural alternatives, so you can decide which is most palatable for your dog - because you know them best!


Prices can vary enormously so to help you make a simple price comparison, we've ordered this review by price - supplements costing under £5 a month first , between £5 - £10 and finally those over £10 a month.


There are some great money off deals to be had this Summer - so we've highlighted them under each brand.




The 10 Best Joint Supplements for Dogs


1. YuMOVE Essential

Best Overall Joint Supplement


The UK’s best selling dog joint supplement brand leads this Top Ten. They feature in the top spot as their product is clinically proven to work within 6 weeks. They guarantee visible results in a study conducted by The Royal Veterinary College in the UK.

Price: YuMOVE offer an online tailored plan for your dog. This subscription can reduce your monthly costs and means it's one less thing to remember to buy!


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £5 with subscription


Supplement Form:

Tablets (60, 120 or 300) remember - larger dogs over 15kg will need more than 1 a day.


Ingredients:

Glucosamine, green lipped mussel (omega 3), vitamin C & E, hyaluronic acid


Other Joint Products An extensive range including products developed specifically for small, working, young and senior dogs.

PRO TIP YuMOVE suggest doubling the supplements for the first 4 weeks so your dog enjoys the benefits quickly.

Get 40% off your first order with code: MOVING40 - enter code at checkout.

or

Subscribe and Save 30% on every order.




2. JOINTSURE for dogs

Great value supplement


Alternatively, you could go opt for Jointsure. Vetwell Scientific have been manufacturing premium quality animal supplements for over 30 years and their flagship joint care product for dogs is Jointsure.


Effective for treating dog joint stiffness it supports joint structure and maintains joint mobility using 7 high strength active ingredients at a great price. Manufactured right here in the UK it uses human-grade ingredients.

It's available in different amounts so you could test it before buying a large quantity.


They offer 60, 120 or 300 tablets (note that dogs over 15kg will need to take more than 1 a day).


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £5.00


Supplement Form:

Tablets are designed to be crumbled over your dog's food which is perfect if you have a picky eater.


Ingredients:

Green lipped mussel, glucosamine, natural chondroitin, vitamins C and E, manganese and hyaluronic acid.


Other Joint Products: Young & Active formula, Glucosamine + Chondroitin Powder.

Buying Options




3. Vetzyme - High Strength Flexible Joint

Popular once-a-day bites


These popular tablets are specifically formulated to help maintain joint mobility and suppleness in dogs.


Vetzyme High Strength Flexible Joint tablets should be taken once a day regardless of dog size, which makes them easy to administer and a great value joint care option. They can be used as a treatment or for preventative reasons.

Tablets available in 30's and 90's so you could try for one month before buying a large amount of tablets.


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog

Under £5.00


Supplement Form:

Once-a-day chicken flavoured bites. So easy to add to a busy schedule.


Ingredients:

Glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamin E, MSM, omega 3


Other Joint Products:

They offer a normal strength product alongside the high strength version.



4. Vitabiotics - SuperDog Joints & Bones

Supplements from Award Winning Company


If you're looking for dog joint support from a UK company with 50 years of award-winning experience, then take a look at SuperDog from Vitabiotics. The brand is well-known for their range of vitamins and nutritional support products for dog lovers and offers a range for your dog too.

Vitabiotics SuperDog supplements

Re-designed and relaunched last year, they appointed UK vet specialists Vital Pet Health to carry out an independent 8 week trial, with amazing comments from dog lovers.


Price: SuperDog offer a subscribe and save option and a 3 for 2 saving. Both offers can greatly reduce your monthly costs.


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog

Under £10.00


Supplement Form:

Once-a-day braised beef flavoured tablets to feed whole or sprinkled on food. When reviewing the tablets, I was amazed that our usually super picky cockapoo, ate the tablet without the usual 'hide-&-seek' game with his food. They really do have an enticing smell of beef.


Ingredients:

Glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamins, MSM, Omega 3


Better still, Vitabiotics make charity contributions to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home with every purchase of SuperDog. We love that you can look after your four-legged friend and help hundreds of others at the same time.



5. Pets Purest - Joint Pro For Dogs

Best liquid joint care


Pets Purest make a wide range of 100% natural dog products all made in the UK. Their Joint Pro formula is a natural joint and hip aid created by trained herbalists.

Joint Pro for dogs from Pets Purest

This liquid supplement is ideal if you have a picky dog - no tablets to worry about.


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £10 (based on customer responses as to how long bottles last, 7-10 drops twice a day)


Pets Purest offer 20% off for new customers from Smart Bark. Enter discount code PETS20 at checkout.


Supplement Form:

Liquid can be squirted directly into your dog's mouth or onto their food if that is easier - twice a day.


Ingredients:

Tumeric, scutellaria, biacalensis, uncaria, boswellia


Other Joint Products: Pets Purest are currently offering a money saving 17% off bundle on their best-selling Joint & Mobility products.

Pets Purest joint & mobility bundle for dogs

The bundle includes their Scottish Salmon Oil, Turmeric Curcumin & Joint Pro ( as featured above).


The whole bundle targets immediate issues of pain and inflammation whilst also helping improve mobility in the long term.


This great value bundle is an ideal way to dip your toe in the water with joint supplements.



6. Pooch & Mutt Mobile Bones

Best powder supplement


Pooch & Mutt are best known for their range of natural meals for pets but they also offer a range of natural supplements.


Mobile Bones is a health supplement for dogs with joint disease or active/working dogs that need a bit of extra protection from wear and tear. We loved that this hassle free supplement could be sprinkled on your dog's food so great for even the pickiest of eaters.

The sachet lasts 1 -2 months depending on your dog's size ( small dogs -1 tsp daily, medium dogs - 2 tsp daily)


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £10


Supplement Form:

Add the powder directly to your dogs food, so ideal for those dogs who dislike tablets.


Ingredients:

16 active ingredients that promote joint health, including Selenium for healthy cartilage development.


Worth noting that the supplement is packaged in eco-friendly sachets made from sugar-cane waste - so great for the environment.


Other Joint Products : Joint Care Tablets, Salmon Oil & a puppy care supplement.


From 26th June 'til 4th July - Pooch & Mutt are offering 25% off all orders



7. GWF - Joint Aid For Dogs

Best supplement in pellet form


Joint Aid for Dogs is manufactured by GWF Nutrition and is a high specification joint supplement including glucosamine for dogs. Not only have they achieved a 99.9% customer satisfaction rate, they guarantee results or your money back with the 500g pack.

Available in 250g, 500g and 2kg Pouches

Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £10


Supplement Form:

In the form of 2mm pellets which you can mix in with dog food. This is an ideal option if your dog isn't keen consuming tablets.


They're highly digestible and worth noting that they're wheat free so ideal for sensitive tummies.


Ingredients:

Chondroitin, collagen, curcumin, MSM, glucosamine, glutamic acid, hemp oil, derived omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C


Other Joint Products: Joint Aid plus muscle maintenance.



8. Maxxipaws - Maxxiflex+

Popular YuMove alternative


Originally named Maxxidog, the US company was founded in 2013 as a family owned business. Maxxiflex is a complex dog joint supplement specifically formulated for dogs to support healthy joint function and alleviate joint pain.

Available in 120 tablets

(larger dogs need more than 1 a day)


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £10


Supplement Form:

Chewable liver-flavored tablets


Ingredients:

Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, hyaluronic acid, devils claw, bromelain, turmeric





9. The Healthy Dog Co - All Natural Joint Genie

Best natural supplement


The Healthy Dog Company uses a unique combination of natural ingredients developed over many years for prize winning show dogs to assist with poor mobility. It's in the form of a liquid so it is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. It's 100% natural with no added chemicals.

Pipette containing 100 servings

(dogs over 10kg require 2 servings a day)


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Over £10


Supplement Form:

Liquid which can be squirted directly into your dog's mouth or onto their food.


Ingredients:

Liquorice, devils claw, turmeric, cayenne, ginger root, sage.





10. Seraquin - Nutritional Supplement for Dogs

Immediate results option


Seraquin is manufactured by one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. A nutritional supplement that supports normal joint function in dogs, the most expensive supplement in our review, but with amazing customer reviews and ratings, with almost immediate results.

Available in 60 chewable tablets


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Over £10 (initial cost higher as increased dosage recommended for the initial 4-6 weeks)


Supplement Form:

Chewable tablets


Ingredients:

Glucosamine, chondroitin and curcumin



Other Joint Products: Small dog and cat joint supplement is suitable for dogs under 5kg.



Our Verdict


We recommend a good starting point if you are new to supplements is YuMove's Essential Joint Supplement as it definitely ticks all the boxes in terms of price, it's clinically proven and it's a very experienced brand.


If your dog really doesn't like tablets, then consider Jointsure for dogs which can be crumbled over their food and offers great value for money from an quality brand.


There seems to be an enormous range of prices from less than £5.00 to over £10.00 a month for a 12kg dog. When considering pricing, bear in mind the quantity of product purchased (obviously the larger amounts work out cheaper per dose) and the size of your dog (larger dogs will need higher daily doses).


It's definitely worth doing the maths (specifically for your dog) before making a decision.


A whole selection of supplements types are available including liquids, chews, tablets and powders. You know your dog best, will one chicken flavoured chew a day be quicker to administer or will powder sprinkled into their food be easier ?




Frequently Asked Questions


How do supplements work ?

Ultimately joint supplements can be extremely effective at managing joint issues. They generally work in three ways –


✅ They have an anti-inflammatory action which can help to soothe stiff joints.

✅ They ease limb movement by keeping joint fluid strong

✅ They nourish cartilage helping to keep it healthy


What ingredients should they contain ?

There are some common ingredients which you'll find in most supplements including - omega 3 (such as fish oil) and green-lipped mussels (GLMs) which are a super rich source of glucosamine and chondroitin.



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