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Best Dog Joint Supplement Review

Updated: Sep 14

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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.


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.

Woman running on a beach with her healthy dog

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 aging dogs is arthritis and joint pain. It can be a flare up of an old injury or arthritis which gradually continues to worsen.


Table of Contents

Do Dogs need Joint Supplements?

How do Joint Supplements work?

Buying Guide for Dog Supplements

The 10 Best Joint Supplements you can Buy Today

Our Verdict



DO DOGS NEED JOINT SUPPLEMENTS?


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


To help stave off any joint problems for as long as possible and alleviate the pain once they’ve started, there is a vast range of dog joint supplements and joint care products on the market.


Joint supplements are often prescribed for 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.



HOW DO JOINT 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


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



BUYING GUIDE FOR DOG SUPPLEMENTS


Here are some general guidelines to bear in mind when 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


This 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 , then under £10 and finally over £10 a month.



THE 10 BEST JOINT SUPPLEMENTS YOU CAN BUY TODAY


1. YuMOVE Essential Joint Supplement

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

YuMove dog joint supplements

YuMOVE has a whole range of dog joint supplement products aimed at young, old, small, large and working dogs.


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 (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 is available with products developed specifically for 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. It's worth checking YuMOVE website for their latest introductory and deepcut offers.


Latest Offer - YuMOVE are currently running a 30% discount for new customers. To take advantage of this great offer - enter MOVING30 as a discount code at checkout.


2. JOINTSURE for dogs

A great alternative to YuMOVE is 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.

Jointsure supplements for dogs

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.


Amazon Rating:

4.6 / 5 stars


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



3. Vetzyme - High Strength Flexible Joint

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


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

Vetzyme Dog joint tablets

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


Amazon Rating :

4.6 / 5 stars

Other Joint Products:

They offer a normal strength product alongside the high strength.



4. VitaPaws Maxi-Joint Plus for Small Dogs

Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to a higher risk of developing joint problems. Maxi-Joint Plus for Small Dogs has been expertly formulated to care for small dog’s joints.

VitaPaws Joint Aid Plus for dogs

Available in jars of 180 sprinkle capsules


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Aimed at under 10kg Dog

Under £5


Supplement Form:

Capsule can be given whole or sprinkled on food.


Ingredients:

Glucosamine sulphate, fish oil powder, manganese, fruit and vegetable blend.


Simply Supplement Rating:

5 / 5 stars (over 1500 reviews)


Other Joint Products A wide range including products specifically for large and senior dogs alongside salmon oil, cod liver oil and turmeric sprinkle capsules.



5. GWF - Joint Aid For Dogs Food Supplement

Joint Aid for Dogs is manufactured by GWF Nutrition and is a high specification joint supplement with glucosamine for dogs. Over 99.9% customer satisfaction rate and guaranteed results or your money back available with the 500g pack.

Joint aid for healthy dogs

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.


Ingredients:

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


Amazon Rating:

4.7 / 5 stars


Other Joint Products: Joint Aid plus muscle maintenance.




6. Pets Purest - Joint Aid For Dogs

Pets Purest make a wide range of 100% natural, cruelty free, UK pet care products. Their Joint Pro formula effectively helps support and maintain joint and hip mobility throughout all stages of your dog's life. All their products are created by trained herbalists.

Pets Purest Joint Pro dog supplements

Pipette form.


Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £10 (based on customer responses as to how long bottles last)


Supplement Form:

Liquid can be squirted directly into your dog's mouth or onto their food/water if that is easier.


Ingredients:

Tumeric, scutellaria, biacalensis, uncaria, boswellia


Amazon Rating:

4.2 / 5 stars




7. Kater4K9 - KineticFlex

Kater4K9 are a much smaller company than many of those listed in our top 10. Their product KineticFlex is manufactured here in the UK.

KineticFlex supplements for dogs

KineticFlex is a hip and joint formulation for dogs with 10 nutrients and no fillers.


Available in 120 capsules

Monthly Price for a 12kg Dog:

Under £10


Supplement Form:

Capsules which can be opened and sprinkled on your dog's food


Ingredients:

MSM, glucosamine, green lipped mussel, chondroitin, vitaminC, curcumin, vitaminE


Amazon Rating:

4.6/5 stars (3 reviews)




8. Maxxipaws - Maxxiflex+ Dog Joint Supplement

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.

Maxxiflex dog joint supplement

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


Amazon Rating:

4.5 / 5 stars




9. The Healthy Dog Co - All Natural Joint Genie

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.

joint genie liquid for dogs

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.


Amazon Rating:

4.2 / 5 stars




10. Seraquin - Nutritional Supplement for Dogs

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.

Seraquin dog chews

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


Amazon Rating:

4.5 / 5 stars


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


Our Verdict


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).


YuMove Essential Joint Supplement 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 experienced brand.


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 ?





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