Over the past few decades, pet ownership has morphed from simple “animals” that lives in our homes to full-fledged members of our family; almost as important as our children. In fact, nearly half of all US households own at least one dog or cat, whose owners spend about $200 annually on veterinarian bills.
And during this transition, supplements manufacturers have taken notice of a vast untapped marketplace that represents millions of dollars in revenue. But if you’re thinking about purchasing a supplement for your furry friend, research all the ingredients here to ensure you’re making an informed decision!
Glucosamine is a chemical that produces other chemicals responsible for building tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, and is most prevalent in the fluid surrounding joints, making it an ideal supplement for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Outside of osteoarthritis though, there is insufficient evidence showing glucosamine to be effect in the treatment of other conditions. Most studies conducted using glucosamine use 1,500mg daily, although there is no established RDA for pets.
A chemical found in humans, plants, and animals that’s thought to supply sulfur to make other chemicals within the body. Related to pets, MSM is considered “possibly effective” for treating osteoarthritis and exercise-induced stress. MSM has only been tested up to 1,500mg per day on humans, although there is no RDA for animals.