Joint supplements may be helpful in supporting your dog’s musculoskeletal system, which includes joint, cartilage, ligament, and bone health.

A dog must have good joint health to be active, healthy, playful, and happy. They use their joints for everything they do — from the shortest walks to the longest hikes and every motion in between. Learn how to help support your dog’s joint health!

The Thigh Bone’s Connected to the Hip Bone (and Other Important Joints in Your Dog’s Body!)

People often talk about the importance of joint care for dogs, so it makes sense to talk about what your pup’s joints are, how they work, and what they do.

Joints are where two bones meet. The ends of the bones are covered with cartilage and surrounded by joint fluid — both of which protect the bones, reduce friction, and provide lubrication so the bones can glide smoothly over each other. The bones are connected to each other with elastic tissue called ligaments, and tendons connect the bones to surrounding muscles.

Dogs have joints in their shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. Joints enable motion; whenever your dog walks, runs, plays, or participates in any activity, they’re using their joints.

When Should You Start Giving Your Dog Joint Supplements?

A canine joint supplement will often contain vitamins and targeted ingredients that support the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes:

  • Cartilage
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Joint fluid
  • Bones

Dogs from all walks of life — puppies, working dogs, large breeds, performance dogs, aging pups, and active pooches — can benefit from a little extra support to help them stay on the move.

Standard Process Uses Real Food to Provide Nutritional Supplementation

Standard Process has been making Veterinary Formulas for 20 years, and two popular joint supplements for dogs are their Canine Flex Support and Canine Musculoskeletal Support:

  • Canine Flex Support is a chewable supplement. It helps maintain healthy joint function and moderate normal inflammatory response.
  • Canine Musculoskeletal Support is also a chewable supplement. It supports an optimal musculoskeletal system, including the components discussed today.

These joint supplements are a source of nutrients that come from real food ingredients. They help support your pup’s bones, joints, and muscles when your dog is at rest and at play!

The best joint supplements for dogs are ones made with whole food ingredients. Help keep your active dogs happy. Visit Standard Process today to find out more about Canine Musculoskeletal Support and Canine Flex Support.


Tim is the co-founder and CEO of Redstone Media Group, which publishes Animal Wellness Magazine, Equine Wellness Magazine, Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, Canadian Dogs Annual, and associated websites. The ultimate combination of creative personality and sales professional, Tim has developed Redstone from a single small publication to a multi media leader within the pet, equine and veterinary industries. Starting his career in Toronto after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University, Tim had a very successful career in marketing, retail franchise development and pet product distribution with stints in Europe and Central America before launching Redstone. His reputation for being an advocate for animal wellness, an industry leader and groundbreaker have seen him rent the Rose Bowl in California and host the worlds largest animal wellness Expo as well as earn consultation contracts from as far away as Japan.