There are many treats available on the market that are being advertised as supporting joint health or as specifically formulated for joint care. Unfortunately some of these products, in addition to Glucosamine & Chondroitin, are filled with artificial ingredients, by-products and grains; on top of that they can be high in caloric content contributing to weight gain, which in turn is the biggest enemy of healthy joints.
When choosing treats I have a strong preference for single ingredient products. Luckily there are some healthy options that will give your dog all the benefits of joint care treats, without the unnecessary additives that go in them.
One of Rocco’s favourites are duck feet. They are a naturalsource of chondroitin which is one of the building blocks of cartilage in the joints. Some studies suggest that supplementing your dog’s diet with chondroitin will slow down joint cartridge breakdown and ease joint pain. Dog’s without allergies can also enjoy chicken feet.
Bison Trachea is a healthy, long-lasting dog chew (Beef trachea works just as well, but again we opt for Bison because of Rocco’s allergies). It is high in protein and low in fat, and the cartilage that lines the outside of the trachea is a source of naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin. They are available individually wrapped as whole or cut into smaller pieces and packaged.
Our newest discovery are dried calf tails. They are a low calorie treat, which is great since a larger dog will crunch them within couple of seconds! The cartilage in the tail is also a great source glucosamine and chondroitin. Judging by the pictures they are Rocco’s new favourite treat.