When considering dog joint supplements to promote joint health in your four-legged best friend, feeding some ingredients may sound intimidating and confusing.
But don’t fear this ingredient; Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a natural compound that is produced by the body itself, and commonly found in the skin, eyes, and synovial fluid in the joints (1). HA is often touted for skin health, and used as a hip and joint supplement.
How does HA promote dog joint health?
There are several different ways that HA can help improve joint health (2):
1) HA is a humectant, meaning that it can attract and bind water at a very high rate. By attracting water to the synovial fluid, HA can help improve the lubrication and shock absorption of joints.
This is the primary mode of action by which HA promotes joint health.
2) HA stimulates the growth and development of new cartilage and bone cells and tissues.
3) HA can help reduce joint pain and inflammation, which is common in dogs with arthritis.
Does Hyaluronic Acid for dogs really work?
HA is commonly used in humans and has been shown to improve joint health many times over, both when injected into the joint directly and when fed orally.
In dogs, research directly addressing this question is relatively new, however the current research appears promising.
One study found that an oral supplement containing hyaluronic acid along with other joint-protective compounds decreased clinical signs and symptoms of elbow dysplasia in young Labradors (3). Intra-articular injection of HA has also been shown to decrease clinical signs associated with hip dysplasia (4).
Is Hyaluronic Acid safe for dogs?
Because HA is an all-natural product that is already found in the animal’s body, it is considered extremely safe.
The study that provided an oral Hyaluronic Acid supplement to dogs reported no side effects (3).
The major adverse side effect sometimes associated with HA is related to joint injections, which always carry a certain amount of risk. However, the side effect in this case is not related to HA itself, but rather to the administration procedure.
To avoid unnecessary joint injections, oral supplementation of HA is both common and beneficial.
Overall, HA is a natural, safe, and effective ingredient in supplements for joint health in dogs.
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