When you start to choose an Agility Dietary Supplement consider the following:

• Choose a formula that will help maintain healthy joint cartilage and connective tissue as well as one to aid in the production of healthy synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints
• Look for agility supplements that contain Glucosamine and MSM. These two substances are all natural and holistic providing multi-action joint support
• Be sure the ingredients in your agility supplement have been scientifically-tested

Why is Glucosamine a superior ingredient to find in dog agility supplements?

• Glucosamine helps maintain and promote joint and connective tissue health
• Studies have shown Glucosamine is essential in the healthy development and ongoing maintenance of connective tissue and synovial fluid
• Research also indicates that Glucosamine supports healthy joint flexibility, mobility and lubrication

Why is MSM a superior ingredient to find in dog agility supplements?

• MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane is a natural source of organic sulfur. This is an element vital to the maintenance of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons

Other ingredients that work well with Glucosamine and MSM are herbs. Herbal ingredients are well-known for their beneficial health properties both to humans and companion animals.

Herbal ingredients that are antioxidant-rich and offer a strong defense against free-radicals, which helps maintain canine joint comfort and flexibility are:

• Alfalfa
• Yucca

Benefits of the herb Alfalfa are:

• Works to help scavenge free radicals at the joints
• Supports kidney and liver function, which helps canine waste excretion from the bone.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids derived from fish oil help improve healthy joint function as well. These essential fatty acids produce hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins that help regular cellular inflammation and are believed to have a positive effect upon joint stiffness and fatigue as well as improving overall canine bone health. When you shop for agility supplements for your canine companion, look for the ingredients of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids on the manufacturer’s label or advertisement.

Sea mussels are also a superior ingredient in high quality canine agility supplements. Sea mussels in the supplement will help to support healthy joint structure and function and will enhance the utilization and soothing properties of Glucosamine.

The ingredients detailed here have all demonstrated effectiveness in improving lubrication, shock absorption, flexibility, elasticity and strength of connective tissues. Sea mussels also contain “Chondroitin Sulfate,” which works in tandem with Glucosamine.

You should also consider the flavor of the agility supplement you choose for your canine companion. Be sure it is something a canine would most likely enjoy tasting such as a “roast beef flavor” or a “bacon flavor.” A superior canine agility supplement will have a pleasant taste incorporated into its formula, a taste your canine companion will look forward to receiving each day. After all, if the dog does not like the flavor of the supplement, it may become extremely difficult to administer the supplement on a routine basis. A pleasant flavor is important.

Continued in Companion Animal Dietary Supplements Part 3

Source: HealthyPetNet

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