Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. I have a 100lb half lab half ridge back that is 1.5 yrs and very athletic. When should I introduce joint supplements to prevent arthritis?

Answered By
KATIE SHANNON

A. This is a bit of a personal choice. I don't see any reason why you couldn't start now, low dose, maintenance type doseage. Later on you may need to adjust the dose accordingly. Some supplements also have MSM, HA, and other additives but these types are more the "heavy hitters" and I would save these until you NEED them. You want to start low on the scale so you have stronger products to move up the scale, later on in life as your dog gets to a point where he needs more joint support. Right now you also help out by ensuring feeding a good quality food, monitoring his weight and keeping him active without over doing it.

Answered By
PAULA SIMONS

A. Fish oils and glucosamine supplements can be started as soon as possible to prevent joint inflammation and to provide support. There are numerous products on the market and I would discuss which one may be best with your veterinarian.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.