Joint care — science vs. marketing

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Joint issues can completely rob your dog or cat of his quality of life and in severe cases even shorten his time with you. Supplements can play a big part in helping you overcome these challenges. Our animals depend on us to keep them healthy and safe, and can’t tell us whether something is working or not. They need us to rely on science, and not marketing jargon, to be sure of a supplement’s effectiveness.

Where does joint trouble come from?

Joint issues can arise from age, injuries or genetics. You will start to notice that your animal doesn’t get up as easily in the morning, or stops playing ball a little sooner because he just can’t run as much anymore.

Science vs. marketing

It can be very difficult to wade through the marketing to find the truth about supplements. All too often, we hear or read the phrase “contains clinically proven ingredients”. Unfortunately, when you think about the meaning of this phrase, it often implies that the actual product has not been tested, although it is only natural to assume that “clinically proven” means it has been shown to work. Glucosamine, for example, has been proven safe, but not proven effective.

Glucosamine was originally developed as a supplement for joint care because it is naturally found in the joint; the cartilage within joints is made of glucosamine and chondroitin. It was believed that increasing an animal’s intake of glucosamine would make up for any wear and tear that was causing pain in the first place.

Where glucosamine fails

Glucosamine has long been at the center of joint care discussions. A study published by the British Medical Journal questioned and disproved the effectiveness of glucosamine as a supplement for joint pain.i The study consisted of ten trials with 3,803 patients. Groups were given either glucosamine, chondroitin, a combination of the two, or a placebo. All treatments were found to have the same effect – none whatsoever.

Cetylated oils

A supplement backed by award-winning clinical research is Active Again, a joint care product made of unique cetylated oils. Patient discomfort and joint function were shown to improve substantially in multiple clinical trials involving this supplement. With Active Again, outstanding science forms the basis for real hope that your dog or cat can once more enjoy life to the fullest.

i“Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis,” BMJ 2010; 341 bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4675