How Do Hip And Joint Supplements Benefit Your Dog?

Our dogs are our best friends and they tend to be very playful. This is a great indicator that the dog is healthy and living a great quality of life. But there are times when playfulness can be short because of some conditions that they may develop at some time during their lives. Some of these conditions that are most common to affect Rover or Susie are those involving their joints and hips such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. What to give dogs with arthritis might be a question you have been asking. There are a lot of different things to help but glucosamine for dogs is the most popular.

Problems with hips and joints

Yes, dogs do get arthritis, although there are some breeds of dogs that are more likely to develop these conditions that others. Dog owners might decide to use a hip or joint supplement for dogs to help protect their pets from developing these problems. But, it is best to talk to your vet first. He or she will probably advise that yes supplements can benefit your dogs but the vet knows which ones are the best.

Talk to your vet

Your dogs can benefit greatly from taking a hip and joint supplement if he or she belongs to one of the large dog breeds such as Labrador Retriever, Saint Bernard, German Shepherd and Great Dane. These large breeds are most prone to develop hip dysplasia which is a condition that characterized by the abnormal growth of the hip-joint. This can cause pain that is intense in your pet, affecting his quality of life negatively. Asking your vet to advice on a hip and joint supplement that might reduce the severity or the symptoms of this condition since these supplements usually are made from compounds or ingredients that help to protect the dog’s joints and connective tissues from damage and they will probably say yes. These compounds include glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate.

One/Third receive vitamins or supplements

As many as a third of dogs in the United States might receive vitamins or supplements. The most common are the supplement to support arthritic joints, multivitamins, and fatty acids to reduce shedding as well as improving a coat’s shine according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Owners of dogs also might give probiotics to improve gastrointestinal difficulties or antioxidants to offset any effects of aging such as ‘cognitive dysfunction’. Dogs when aging develop some of the exact problems that their owners develop when aging.


Dogs also have another problem that also affects the general public – obesity and overweight. With all of these problems affecting Fido, the market for dog supplements was expected to increase 37 percent in 2012, and in 2012 it did reach a $1.7 billion market.

Your dog might even have a veterinary nutritionist who gives diet advice on your dogs as well as vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Balanced Diet

Most dogs get a balanced diet, including necessary vitamins and minerals from commercially processed dog food; the problem is that owner might be feeding them too much thus leading to obesity. This obesity can cause problems with joints in our doggie friends as well as heart problems! First our kids and now our animals!

How To Choose The Best Home Fitness Equipment For You


Getting to the gym can take a lot of time away, and if you are like most people it really isn’t possible to get there. That’s why the home fitness market has been exploding the past few years.

It’s great to know that you can get a great workout by just using a few pieces of home exercise equipment. No need to find a babysitter for the kids just so you can get to the gym.

You can purchase all the equipment that is usually found at the gym, but come on…who wants that much stuff in the way?

Treadmills are a popular favorite piece of equipment that is usually found in the home and that’s due to the fact they can be used by beginners or even seasoned veterans.

If you don’t want to take up the space needed for a treadmill then you do have a lot of other options depending on your fitness level.

Yes, that’s correct…you need to first determine your personal level of fitness. Are you just getting started? Seasoned veteran? Kind of in the middle?

After you determine your level of fitness then you can choose a few different types of equipment you know you would use. What’s the point of a treadmill if you know you won’t use it?

I personally like resistance bands. Resistance bands are great if you want something you can use for travel and can even be great for physical therapy as well. Another great thing about bands is that they are pretty cheap too. You need to know which type of resistance band you need…are you wanting the long ones with handles or do you want the resistance loop bands for exercise? The loop bands are just that, small bands mostly used with therapy and lower body exercises.

If you aren’t into the whole resistance band thing and want to pump some iron then you might want to get a set of dumbbells. These don’t take a lot of room and can be very versatile as well.

If you have a lot of room available you might want to go big. That is purchase a complete home gym. You see these things all over the TV and on the internet. Home gyms are typically pretty expensive but can easily do many different things. A good example of a complete home gym is a Bowflex.

Another popular choice for equipment is a balance ball. These can have many different names like exercise ball, balance ball, stability ball, etc. A popular use is to combine them with resistance bands to get a better workout. You can also get one of these and use it instead of your office chair in the office! They help strengthen your core which is great since sitting all day kinda destroys your core. When searching for a good one make sure to check out the top balance balls.

Anyway, those are a few things to get you on the way to finding the right equipment for your home. Take my suggestions and really think about what types of home gym equipment you would use and then go use them.