Not all joint supplements are the same. If your pet’s joint supplement is not living up to your expectations there may be a reason why.
Is it a brand name you recognize? Products manufactured by an established company are preferred. Many new companies and products fail because they lack the experience to produce a safe, effective product.
Does the product have clinical experience? Companies that support clinical research and have their products used in clinical trials (eg safety, efficacy, or bioavailability studies) are more likely to have a quality product.
What are the contents of the product? All ingredients should be clearly listed on the product label. Products should contain a source of Glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. Other active ingredients may also be helpful.
Are the label claims realistic? Label claims that sound to good to be true probably are. Products with realistic label claims based on clinical studies, rather than testimonials, are more likely to be reputable. Products that claim to prevent or cure a disease are illegal and should be avoided.
Are dosing instructions easy to find? Dosing amounts appropriate for your pet should be easy to figure out. It should also be easy to calculate the amount of active ingredient in each dose.
Does the product have a lot identification number? Lot ID numbers exist to ensure product quality. Look for other evidence that the company has a long term investment in their product such as tamper resistant packaging.
Who manufactured the product and where? Basic company information should be clearly stated on the label with information on how to contact customer support.
If you still have questions about whether or not your pet’s joint supplement meets the grade, let us do the research for you.
At Lyons Vet Clinic we recommend and sell the Glycoflex and Megaflex brands of joint supplements.