Dog arthritis is one of the leading causes of pet disability. When the condition is left untreated, dog arthritis can cause massive damage to the cartilage within the joints. This results in “bone against bone” contact, which can be very painful for your dog. In the moderate to advanced stage, dog joint supplements that are given orally may not be as effective and veterinarians such as myself often recommend a more potent injectible supplement.
What is Cartilage?
Cartilage is the fibrous-elastic tissue that lines the joints. Ninety five percent of the tissue is composed of the matrix, which is made of collagen (tough fiber) and proteoglycans that contain glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) to soak up water. These two substances make the cartilage tough but spongy, enabling it to function as a shock absorber.