Perhaps one of the most common health concerns in dogs is joint pain. And it’s not always because of arthritis. Causes of joint pain range from developmental problems such as hip dysplasia to diseases like Lyme disease. It’s a good thing though that you can prevent joint pain with the help of supplements, a nutritious, well-balanced meal, and treats. Yes, you read that right. Some dog treats can actually aid in promoting healthy joints!

Causes of Joint Pain

Just like humans, our dogs are most likely to be ill at ease and experience pain when health issues strike. Arthritis and joint pain, for instance, are caused by disorders in the musculoskeletal system, lifestyle, and diet. Some breeds especially the large ones are also more susceptible to degenerative and developmental problems and need supplements to help support hip and joint health. Before we reveal which treats can help in maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system, let’s take a look at some of the common causes of joint pain:

1. Body Weight/Obesity

Excess fat can wreak havoc on your dog’s health, including his joints. Obesity is fast becoming one of the most common health problems and it’s not only because of a high carb diet. It’s also failing to take your pets on a walk or jog to burn the excess fat.

2. Inconsistent Exercise

Just because you take your pooch out during weekends for a long hike, it doesn’t mean that you’re making up for the lack of exercise on weekdays. Aerobic exercises should be done at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes each session. Doing this not only builds your dog’s strength, it prevents serious injury such as a torn ACL or a soft tissue injury.

3. Infection

Is your pet having trouble walking? Is he reluctant to walk and winces whenever he puts weight on his leg? Your pet might be suffering from polyarthritis caused by an infection anywhere in the body.

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Our pets’ joints are supposed to be well-lubricated with synovial fluid that makes movement smooth and easy. Rheumatoid arthritis targets and kills that fluid resulting in erosion of the cartilage, stiffness, and swelling.

5. Trauma or Injury

Aside from being hit by a car, your dog can suffer from little-known injuries such as cervical injury caused by jerking his head backward. This usually happens if your pet, for instance, spied a rodent scampering away, forgot he’s tied to a leash and tries to run after the poor animal. He can fall from high beds or falls down your stairs causing an injury that may not be evident now, but will manifest later.

Not sure if your pet is in pain? Do check out our blog post “5 Telltale Signs That Your Dog is in Pain” to be fully aware of the symptoms of acute and chronic pain.

Dog Treats That Help Alleviate Joint Pain

We can almost imagine the incredulous look you have right now. You’re probably doubtful and thinking, “Can treats really help my pet get rid of joint pain effectively?” Definitely! Read on to find out which treats and supplements are your little rays of sunshine.

Pawstruck Natural Hip and Joint Supplement for Dogs Soft Chews

Hip dysplasia can cause crippling pain that can greatly affect the quality of your dog’s life. But with Pawstruck Natural Hip and Joint Supplement for Dogs, pain relief and prevention is just a chew away. But this is not just your usual hip and joint supplement.

Aside from glucosamine and chondroitin, these soft chews contain MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) and turmeric that has anti-inflammatory properties, boswellia serrata that treats arthritis, Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) & Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) that facilitate proper cardiovascular, immune function, and inflammatory response. You get more value for your money as you only need 1 to 2 chews daily compared to about 6 chews that other leading brands would require!

Bixbi Hip and Joint Chicken Breast Jerky Dog Treats

Active furkids with sensitive skin are going to love the delicious Bixbi chicken breast jerky treats. With dogs who are constantly on the go, they need supplements that have more glucosamine and chondroitin than the leading brands to ensure maximum joint protection.

This USA-made chicken breast jerky helps keep his joints well-lubricated so you don’t have to worry anymore about taking Fido on long hikes and runs as you’re sure he’s in tiptop shape with this vegetarian-based dog treat.

Earthborn Holistic EarthBites Hip and Joint Dog Treats

Who says that supplemental dog treats can’t be yummy? If your dog is needing joint protection in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, Earthborn Holistic® EarthBites™ Hip & Joint moist treats have the glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate they need for healthy joints.

These high-protein treats are made of turkey mixed with vegetables and fruits for that delicious taste your pets can’t resist! EarthBites™ treats also contain Omega-6 & Omega-3 fatty acids to help maintain healthy skin and coat.

Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Hip and Joint Dog Treats

Is your pet allergic to wheat and needing supplements that can help support joint health? Dynamo Dog Functional Treats are created with your pet’s specific needs in mind. Each hip and joint dog treat is infused with glucosamine and chondroitin that helps in ensuring your dog’s joints are moving smoothly. This all-natural product is grain-free, gluten-free and made in the USA.

The Bottom Line

NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are best for dogs suffering from arthritis and can significantly reduce the pain, swelling, and stiffness. If you’re like us who want all-natural supplements for pain relief and protection, consider these organic supplemental treats for your dogs. If you have more questions about any of the products mentioned above, feel free to call our product specialists at 1-800-715-4955 or email us at contact@pawstruck.com.