You want the very best for your dog.
We get it; we do too.
Whether it’s food, toys, or supplements, our dogs deserve to be pampered and treated with the finest things the world has to offer.
Their health, happiness, and well-being counts on it.
So, where should you start?
You could ask your vet, you could check out customer reviews on a third-party site, or you could simply keep reading…
We’ve pulled this blog post together with your needs (and your dog’s joints) in mind!
You’ll learn all about:
- The eight best joint supplements for dogs available on the market
- Their benefits and drawbacks
- How our TRI-ACTA supplements stack up to the competition
- Why we whole-heartedly stand behind our products
Ready to get started? Awesome, let’s jump in!
A Quick Snapshot of the Top 8 Dog Joint Supplements
First things first, here’s an overview of the eight products we’ll cover today.
|1||Integricare | TRI-ACTA||0.5 – 3 g|
|2||Paramount Pet Health | Liquid Glucosamine Supplements for Dogs||1 – 6 teaspoons (⅙ oz – 1 oz)|
|3||COSEQUIN | Maximum Strength Plus MSM Chewable Tablets||½ – 3 tablets|
|4||Zesty Paws | Mobility Bites||1 – 3 tablets|
|5||Infinite Pet | Infinite Joint Supplement for Dogs (Powder)||1 – 4 scoops|
|6||ProSense | Advanced Strength Glucosamine Tablets||½ – 4 tablets|
|7||YuMOVE | Chewable Tablets for Dogs||1 – 4 tablets|
|8||Extend | Joint Care for Dogs||1 packet|
Just do us one favour:
Don’t jump the gun and order any pet joint care supplements yet!
Because it’s worthwhile to wait until after you’ve read our evaluation criteria and in-depth reviews.
Our Evaluation Criteria
Below are the eight factors we considered when compiling this ranking of the supplements that provide the best joint pain relief for dogs.
This first point is pretty obvious.
The vast majority of people (we included) are price-conscious customers that want to get as much value as possible for their hard-earned cash.
Nonetheless, we appreciate there are dog owners that are willing to pay for better quality.
So we put these two considerations together and looked for a dog supplement that delivers value for money without sacrificing ingredient quality.
Speaking of ingredients…
A joint supplement for dogs is only as good as the substances it’s made up of.
It might sound simple, but reading a supplement label can be a nightmare — tiny letters, confusing words, and different formats and dosages add to the confusion.
Let’s simplify it.
Here are the active ingredients you should look for in arthritis supplements for dogs:
- Glucosamine (ideally both glucosamine HCl and glucosamine sulfate)
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
- Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.)
And here are the inactive ones you should try to avoid:
- Fillers (like flours and cellulose)
- Added sugars
- Artificial colours
Most of these additives won’t harm your dog, but given they don’t add anything positive, it’s not worth taking the risk.
Joint supplements for dogs might contain many different ingredients. In the table below, you can find the specific benefits of each one of these ingredients.
|Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCl)|
|Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.)|
Then, after checking for the presence of these elements, we also read product reviews and feedback/endorsements from veterinarians.
These opinions are excellent proxies for understanding:
- The quality of the active ingredients
- The supplement’s effectiveness across a larger sample of pets
4. Supplement Form and Packaging
Joint supplements for dogs come in a variety of forms, including:
- Chewable tabs (like a treat)
While no one form is inherently better than the others, it’s fundamental that a dog supplement is easy to administer even to the pickiest of eaters.
If your fur baby won’t eat it, it’s completely useless.
This is why we prefer powder or liquid supplements with small serving sizes — the vast majority of dogs don’t even notice you’ve added it to their meals!
Packaging is also worth thinking about.
Does the supplement have any special requirements? For example, does it need to be refrigerated? Or does it expire quickly?
If so, make sure that fits with how you’re planning to use it.
5. Manufacturer Reputation and Quality Assurance
There are thousands of dog supplement manufacturers out there.
And not all of them are in it for the right reasons.
You should avoid the companies looking for a quick buck at your pet’s expense and patronize the ones that genuinely care about your pooch’s well-being.
Here’s a few attributes that can help you identify a reputable company:
- Positive reviews from pet owners
- A stamp of approval from a regulatory body (like Health Canada)
- Modern, regulated manufacturing facilities
- Recommendations from veterinarians or veterinary associations
- Good customer service
- Over 10 years of being in business
- A commitment to sustainability and the environment
6. Potential Side Effects
A well-made joint supplement for dogs shouldn’t have any negative side effects on your pup.
However, that’s not always the case.
To make their supplements more palatable, some companies use inactive ingredients (i.e., tomatoes or maltodextrin) that a few dogs are sensitive to.
This means you need to stay on your toes and carefully check the supplement label for additives that might upset your canine friend.
This is especially important if your dog has a painful condition like arthritis or hip dysplasia — their aching bodies don’t need any more strain!
Two other things:
- Glucosamine is often naturally extracted from shellfish, so stick to lab-made alternatives if your dog is allergic.
- Speak with your vet about dog joint supplements before starting a regimen.
7. Ease of Purchase
The hardest part about buying canine supplements should be saying ‘dog joint pain relief supplements.’
Life is already hectic enough without you having to stress about where and when to buy your dog supplements.
You’ll thank us for having considered convenience the next time you need to replace a spilled bottle on the fly!
8. Customer Service and Post-Sale Support
Your experience doesn’t end with buying a supplement, and neither should the customer support you receive.
Companies that care deeply about animals also care about their owners.
It should be easy to contact them and ask them any questions you might have, be it by email or phone.
And, of course, their responses should be prompt and helpful.
Best Hip and Joint Supplements For Dogs
Basing ourselves on the criteria we just covered, we scoured the marketplace and picked our eight favourite products.
Then, not satisfied with just presenting you with a list of names, we also took the time to pull together eight in-depth dog joint supplements reviews.
These will give you an excellent overview of each leading joint supplement and help you pick the perfect one for your needs.
Starting with our own product might feel a little like self-promotion…
And let’s be completely honest, it is! 😊
But that’s not the reason we wrote this article or ranked ourselves first.
We did it because we genuinely believe we’re manufacturing the best supplements in North America, and we’d like to help as many animals as possible stay fit and healthy.
What makes our TRI-ACTA products so good?
Well, for starters, we’ve been around since 1999, giving us well over 20 years of experience working with animal supplements.
During all that time, we definitely learned a thing or two.
- Fillers and additives are useless — only using 100% active pharmaceutical-grade ingredients is the way to go, both for your pets’ health and your wallet.
- Powders with tiny serving sizes (1g per 35lb) are the easiest supplements to serve.
- Glucosamine is most effective when two types are included (sulfate and hydrochloride) alongside chondroitin sulfate.
- Customers love the convenience of being able to purchase both online and in local retailers, as well as having a range of different packaging sizes to pick from.
And our supplements reflect this.
They’re safe, great at protecting and revitalizing joints, and 100% hassle-free.
There are two forms of glucosamine. Both forms have a long history of research and clinical trials showing their efficacy in supporting joint health. However, they have unique advantages and benefits.
About half the products on the market use the HCl form, while the other half use the sulfate form. TRI-ACTA uses both to ensure all the benefits of glucosamine are made available in the product. This is one of the reasons it is highly effective and produces noticeable results.
But if you don’t believe us, then take it from the trustworthy guys at Health Canada who regulate our work. After rigorous testing, they’ve approved our supplements as Low-Risk Veterinary Health Products (and we’re really proud of it).
So give us a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Active ingredients: Glucosamine HCl, Glucosamine Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Chondroitin Sulfate
Price: $19.99–$59.99 as of July 2021
Are you looking for a higher-strength supplement?
TRI-ACTA H.A. for Pets is the right choice for you.
It combines all the goodness of regular strength TRI-ACTA with the added power of hyaluronic acid (H.A.).
What does the extra H.A. do?
It increases the viscosity of your dog’s synovial fluid.
In layman’s terms, please!
H.A. makes your dog’s joints more flexible and shock-absorbent, in turn reducing pain and delivering even better results in pooches with more severe conditions. It’s powerful, potent and highly therapeutic!
This makes it the best supplement for dog arthritis, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella — just check out what our customers are saying!
We also recommend it for:
- Senior dogs without preexisting conditions
- Sporting dogs
- Dogs recovering from injury or surgery
Active ingredients: Glucosamine HCl, Glucosamine Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid
Price: $24.99–$74.99 as of May 2021
Our second favourite hip and joint supplement for dogs is this liquid solution from Paramount Pet Health.
What do we like about it?
- Paramount’s Liquid Glucosamine for Dogs is highly palatable.
- It contains all of the essential active ingredients (from glucosamine to H.A.).
- This supplement is backed by scientific research and has a ton of raving customer reviews.
- Paramount Pet is a reputable company that loves pets, manufactures its products in the USA, and offers a money-back guarantee.
All these positives make it one of the best supplements for dogs with arthritis.
But what do we wish was better?
Less inactive ingredients and smaller serving sizes. It also contains only one form of glucosamine.
Active ingredients: Glucosamine HCl (Shellfish Source), Chondroitin Sulfate (Beef and Porcine Origin), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.), Manganese Chelate
Inactive ingredients: 100% Pure Aloe Vera Juice, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Stevia, Vegetable Glycerin
Price: $39.97 – $69.97 as of May 2021
Cosequin’s Maximum Strength Plus MSM Tablets are a fan favourite amongst dog owners.
They’re one of the most popular supplements in the world, and they’ve been helping canines with joint issues since 1992.
This means they’re super easy to source, and they have a solid track record that proves their effectiveness.
They even include proprietary blends of glucosamine and chondroitin (but whether or not that’s just marketing talk, we’ll never know).
Either way, these tablets are a good choice with only three drawbacks to consider:
- They’re made with unnecessary fillers.
- Your dog might not like their taste or find them hard to swallow.
Active ingredients: Glucosamine HCl, Chondroitin Sulfate (Bovine Source), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.), Manganese Ascorbate
Inactive ingredients: Brewers Dried Yeast, Dextrose, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Silicon Dioxide
Price: $13.67 – $59.95 (on Walmart.com) as of May 2021
Next up is another supplement in tablet form, which raced neck and neck with Cosequin for the bronze medal.
And despite just missing out on the third place, these Mobility Bites are affordable supplements that come in two delicious flavours (duck and bacon).
Other pros include:
- They’re easy to serve (1 tablet per 25 pounds).
- They’re packed with the right amounts of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM.
- A full-strength version with hyaluronic acid (H.A.) is available.
However, these Mobility Bites fall short in one crucial category:
They contain way, way too many filler ingredients — thirteen to be exact.
And that’s just way too many; your dog doesn’t need them.
But to end this review on a positive note, we have to mention that Zesty Paws is a customer-centric organization. They take excellent care of their pet owners during the entire purchasing journey.
Active ingredients: Glucosamine HCl (Shellfish Source), OptiMSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Chondroitin Sulfate (Porcine Source), Kelp, Vitamin E
Inactive ingredients: Coconut Glycerin, Flaxseed, Garbanzo Flour, Mixed Tocopherols, Natural Chicken Flavoring, Natural Duck Flavoring, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil, Pea Flour, Powdered Cellulose, Rosemary Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Tapioca Flour
Price: $25.97 as of May 2021
Infinite Pet makes the cut with its Joint Supplement Powder.
This is an all-natural product that’s free of fillers and only contains active human-grade ingredients. It’s also fairly priced and manufactured in FDA-certified facilities in the USA.
Now that’s what we’re talking about!
So what are its components?
Active ingredients: Glucosamine Sulfate (Bovine Origin), Organic Turmeric, Chondroitin Sulfate (Shellfish Source), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
That sounds exactly like what we need… so what’s the catch?
Unfortunately, this Infinite dog joint supplement doesn’t contain enough glucosamine and MSM per dose. It only has about half the amount we use in our TRI-ACTA products.
And your dog’s joints will notice: it’ll take longer for the positive effects to take action and they won’t be as pronounced.
But don’t get us wrong, this is still a great product, especially if you plan to use it preventively or with pups that only have minor joint issues.
Price: $24.97 as of May 2021
ProSense also manufactures a high-quality glucosamine supplement for dogs.
These advanced strength tablets support canine joint and hip health by providing your dogs with an adequate dose of glucosamine HCl, chondroitin, and MSM.
This product also includes vitamin C and manganese to give your four-legged friend a little immune system and energy level boost.
And before we forget, we have to note that these supplements are reasonably priced at about $10 for 60 tablets.
So why are they only in sixth place?
You guessed it!
The usual three suspects: too many filler ingredients, finicky dogs dislike them, and there’s no version with hyaluronic acid (H.A.).
Active ingredients: Glucosamine Hydrochloride (Shellfish Source), Chondroitin Sulfate (Porcine Origin), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Calcium Ascorbate, Manganese Proteinate
Inactive ingredients: Brewer’s Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Glycerin, Iron Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid
Price: $9.75 (on Walmart.com) as of May 2021
YuMove is a UK-based company that prides itself on being the leading veterinary joint supplement on the other side of the Atlantic.
And we have to give it to them:
They’re a fantastic company with great values that really cares about keeping animals healthy and pet owners relaxed and happy.
Over 24,000 five-star reviews really prove it.
They’ve branched out to the North American market with these chewable tablets, and they thoroughly deserve a place as one of the best joint supplements around.
There’s only one thing stopping them from grabbing a third-place finish as the best joint supplement for dogs in tablet form:
They contain a smaller amount of active ingredients than we’d like to see…
Fingers crossed that their next formula will be a bit more generous!
Active Ingredients: Glucosamine HCl (Corn Extract), Green-Lipped Mussel (with Natural Chondroitin), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Manganese Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.), Vitamin E
Inactive ingredients: Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Natural Fish Flavor, Natural Liver Flavor, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Tocopherols Extract
Price: $33.54 – $59.94 as of May 2021
Extend was founded in 2012 by a small group of pet parents that wanted to create a new, trustworthy product for their aging dogs.
And they succeeded!
Their Joint Care for Dogs is a quality supplement that can help nourish your dog’s joints and give them an extra bounce in their step.
It comes in powder form and is individually packaged in tear-open pouches.
This makes it easy to give to your puppies: all you need to do is pour it over their food or mix it with water to make a delicious gravy.
However, it’s not all roses and butterflies with Extend… there are three flaws to keep in mind:
- It’s impossible to tell how much of each active ingredient is in their proprietary blend (aside from 300mg of glucosamine HCl).
- The supplements are pricey if you consider the cost per active ingredient.
- The powder contains maltodextrin, a processed ingredient that could cause allergic reactions.
Active ingredients: Glucosamine HCl, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Type II Chicken Collagen, Ascorbic Acid
Inactive ingredients: Beef Liver Powder, Apple Pectin, Maltodextrin, Silica
Price: $51.95 – $64.95 as of May 2021
Final Thoughts on the Best Joint Supplement for Dogs
That was it…
We’ve finished going through all the best joint supplements on the market.
And guess what that means?
You’re now a specialist in supplements that provide hip and joint pain relief for dogs.
Sounds pretty serious, right?
That’s because it is.
Our dogs’ joint health is no laughing matter!
Our dogs, on the other hand, are hilarious. 🐶
We highly recommend our very own TRI-ACTA Supplements for Pets.
Our regular-strength TRI-ACTA for Pets is ideal as a preventive regimen or for dogs with minor joint issues, while our maximum-strength TRI-ACTA H.A. is the best dog arthritis supplement around.
But feel free to try any of the other products we’ve mentioned in this article — they’ll also help to keep your dog’s joints flexible and pain-free.
If you have any questions about joint health, glucosamine, or supplements more in general, don’t hesitate to send us a message and we’ll help out the best we can.
Until then, happy supplementing!