WHAT ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS?
There are an enormous range of supplements on the market for joint health, for both the human and veterinary markets.
I would always suggest to use veterinary products for your pets.
Part of the reason for the range of products in the market place, is that supplements are not like medications. They do not require to be safety tested or efficacy tested to enter the market place. Medications ONLY enter the market when they are proven to be safe and effective.
Supplements may provide some dogs with additional pain management or support.
Sometimes they have a minimal effect.
Sometimes you notice the effect, only if you withdraw the supplement for a period of time.
Sometimes supplements will have a range of side-effects of their own. For example, some pets will get mild diarrhoea from seafood based cartilage supplements.
As an aside, if you are using a cartilage supplement, please ensure the product you are using comes from sustainably harvested sources.
If you find a good solution for your pet, I would encourage you to use it.
In my experience, if we do weight management and pain management well, then supplements may be helpful, but they are not the main solution. If your pet cannot take medications for underlying health reasons, supplements can provide additional pain management.