Nutrient-rich ingredients that can naturally support your dog’s hip and joint health
Maintaining optimal joint health ensures your dog enjoys a long, active, and pain-free life. Fortunately, incorporating joint-boosting nutrients into your dog's diet doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming and can significantly impact their joint well-being and may help prevent age-related hip and joint conditions. Let’s explore ten potent "superfoods" with joint-supporting nutrients, to help you protect and improve your pup’s get-up-and-go!
1. Green-Lipped Mussels: Found only in New Zealand, these mussels with the bright green trim on their edges, boast a unique combination of omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin. These powerful ingredients work together to reduce inflammation, rebuild cartilage, and lubricate joints, promoting pain relief and improved mobility, oftentimes in a matter of weeks.
2. Salmon: This oily fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, potent anti-inflammatory agents that combat joint pain and stiffness. Additionally, salmon's rich vitamin D content enhances bone health and calcium absorption, further strengthening the musculoskeletal system.
3. Bone Broth: Simmered bones release a treasure trove of collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, vital components of healthy cartilage and joint fluid. Bone broth acts as a natural lubricant, reducing friction and inflammation within the joints, and providing your pup with greater comfort and flexibility.
4. Turmeric: This vibrant orange spice contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound with remarkable pain-relieving properties. Incorporating turmeric into your dog's diet can significantly reduce joint pain and inflammation, improving their overall comfort and activity level.
5. Sweet Potatoes: These orange powerhouses are rich in vitamin A, a crucial nutrient for maintaining healthy bones and cartilage. Plus, their dietary fiber content aids digestion and promotes satiety, making them a valuable addition to weight management efforts in dogs prone to joint issues.
6. Broccoli: These little green trees contain sulforaphane, a compound that possesses anti-inflammatory properties, potentially reducing joint pain and stiffness. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production, a key component of healthy cartilage and connective tissues. Regular consumption of lightly cooked broccoli contributes to joint stability and reduces inflammation, supporting your dog's mobility and overall well-being.
7. Blueberries: These antioxidant-rich berries combat free radicals that contribute to joint inflammation and degradation. Their naturally sweet taste makes them a delightful treat for dogs while offering significant health benefits for their joints.
8. Pumpkin: Beyond being a fall favorite, pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A, crucial for bone health and cartilage maintenance. Plus, it contains various antioxidants that combat free radicals and reduce inflammation, potentially benefiting joint health.
9. Eggshell Membrane: In addition to the incredible protein content of the egg itself, the thin white membrane inside the shell is a concentrated source of collagen, the primary protein in cartilage, offering direct support for joint function and repair. On top of the collage, the eggshell membrane also contains hyaluronic acid, a lubricant found in joint fluid, reducing friction and inflammation.
10. Water: While not technically a "superfood," ensuring proper water intake is crucial for optimal joint health. Water lubricates joints, aids in nutrient absorption, and removes waste products that can contribute to inflammation. Encourage your dog to drink plenty of fresh water throughout the day to support their joint health. One of the simplest and most beneficial things you can do is to add water or bone broth over the top of their food to keep them hydrated.
By ensuring your dog enjoys a joint-supporting diet, you can help them maintain optimal mobility, prevent some age-related joint issues, and ensure they continue to chase squirrels and conquer walks with enthusiasm for years to come. So fancy up their boring kibble with a few simple nutrient-rich foods and get ready to see a happier, more energetic dog!
Where can I find Green Lipped Mussels?
You can often find green-lipped mussels in the treats section of your local pet store. Be sure to read the labels and only buy treats without preservatives, additives, or fillers. For the maximum joint health benefits, we recommend our Mussel Mobility and Mussel Mobility Complete joint powders. They both contain 2 of the ingredients in the list above: Green Lipped Mussels and Turmeric. You simply mix a little into their meal or make it into broth topper. Most dogs love it!
What type of Bone Broth can dogs have?
We suggest starting with a bone broth made from the same protein your dog currently eats. So if their current food is beef, then we recommend starting with a beef bone broth. This ensures they won’t have any digestive upset from the addition of a new food. Be sure the bone broth you select only contains real, whole-food ingredients such as: bones, water, apple-cider vinegar, and herbs. Nothing else. No preservatives, cornstarch, fillers, or added flavors. We highly recommend bone broth from Crude Carnivore. It's specially created for dogs and cats.
Do I need to cook the veggies?
Yes, we recommend lightly cooking or steaming the sweet potatoes and broccoli. They should be plain, unseasoned, and cooled before serving. As with any treat, these veggies should not make up more than 10% of their daily diet.