Joint Health Supplements for Dogs Post-Surgery Recover

Jul 3, 2024

When our furry friends undergo joint surgery, their recovery process is so important to make sure they return to their happy, active life. Joint health is key, especially after surgery. The right supplements can help a lot!

Common Reasons for Joint Surgery in Dogs

Generally speaking, some common conditions require surgery for dog joint health. They include the following:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cruciate Ligament Injuries
    • Dogs can tear their cruciate ligaments, which are important for knee stability.
    • This often needs surgery, like TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) or TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement), to fix the knee and help it work again.
  • Elbow Dysplasia
    • A condition where the elbow joint doesn’t develop correctly, leading to pain and arthritis.
    • Surgery, like arthroscopy, can fix the problem and reduce pain.
  • Patellar Luxation

Recovery Process Post-SurgeryPhoto: An Australian shepherd gets a checkup from the vet.

Recovering from joint surgery takes time and involves several stages. Right after surgery, your dog will likely stay at the vet hospital for a few days to be closely watched. It’s very important to manage their pain to keep them comfortable and help them heal. You’ll need to limit your dog’s movement and make sure they get plenty of rest during this time.

Once your dog comes home, follow your vet’s instructions carefully. This might mean keeping them in a crate or a small room to limit their movement and giving them any medications the vet prescribed. Physical therapy and exercises might also be part of the plan to help strengthen their joints and muscles.

As your dog starts to get better, you can slowly let them be more active. Regular check-ups with the vet will help make sure everything is going well and catch any problems early. By carefully watching their progress and adjusting their care, you can help your dog get back to their normal, happy self.

Role of Joint Health Supplements In Post-Surgery Recovery

Joint Health supplements can play a huge role in supporting joint health during recovery. They help reduce inflammation, support cartilage health, and enhance overall mobility. Here are some key supplement ingredients that are beneficial for dogs recovering from joint surgery:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA and EPA)
    • Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, are excellent for reducing inflammation and promoting joint health. They help lubricate the joints and support the repair process. DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) are the most effective types for dogs.
  • Green-Lipped Mussel
    • Green-lipped mussel is a natural supplement known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has a unique mix of omega-3 fatty acids. It also has other helpful compounds that support joint health and cut pain.
  • Boswellia Serrata
    • Boswellia serrata is an herbal extract with strong anti-inflammatory effects. It can help reduce pain and swelling in the joints, making it easier for your dog to move comfortably.
  • Turmeric (Curcumin)
    • Turmeric, specifically its active ingredient curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It can help reduce joint pain and improve overall joint function. Adding a small amount of turmeric to your dog’s diet or using a curcumin supplement can be beneficial.
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body and helps maintain joint lubrication and cartilage health. Adding hyaluronic acid can support joint recovery. It does this by improving lubrication and cutting friction between the joints.
  • Collagen Peptides
    • Collagen is a protein that is crucial for joint and cartilage health. The body easily absorbs collagen peptides and can help promote cartilage repair and overall joint health.
  • Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)
    • ASU is a natural supplement made from avocado and soybean oils. It helps reduce inflammation and supports cartilage repair. ASU can be beneficial for dogs with arthritis and those recovering from joint surgery.
  • CBD Oil for Dogs
    • CBD oil has gained popularity for its pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help manage pain and improve mobility in dogs recovering from joint surgery.

Why We Avoid Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Even though they are common in many joint supplements, we intentionally left out glucosamine and chondroitin from Bernie’s Marvelous Mobility. Here’s why:

Lack of Effectiveness

Recent studies have raised questions about how well glucosamine and chondroitin actually work for joint health. Research shows that these ingredients might not provide the benefits they were once thought to. Many studies found little to no difference between dogs taking these supplements and those taking a placebo. For example, one review found that glucosamine and chondroitin didn’t much reduce pain or improve joint function compared to a placebo.​ Another review of animal studies also had mixed results. Many trials failed to show clear benefits​​. We know a lot of dog parents do use products with those ingredients, but we also wanted ours to standout based on the effectiveness of the ingredients we include. 

We wanted our product to truly help dogs recover from joint surgery, because we first needed it to do that for our own dog. That’s why we based it on the best science available. It’s also why we decided not to include glucosamine and chondroitin in our formula.

Focus on Proven Ingredients

Instead of using glucosamine and chondroitin, we picked ingredients with stronger proof of working well. These ingredients help reduce inflammation, support cartilage health, and improve joint function. We made this choice because we wanted to give the best support to dogs like Bernie, who had trouble moving after surgery. By focusing on ingredients that have shown better results in scientific studies, we aim to offer a product that truly helps dogs recover and maintain their joint health.

Bernie’s Marvelous Mobility: A Tailored SolutionPhoto: A Golden Retriever sits on a vet table after joint surgery.

Our beloved Bernie faced significant mobility challenges after surgery. We were determined to find the best solution for his recovery. We weren’t impressed with the popular use of glucosamine and chondroitin when science was not as convinced, so we researched and developed a product that focuses on more effective, scientifically supported ingredients.

We were committed to using only high-quality, natural ingredients. Each ingredient of Bernie’s Marvelous Mobility was selected for its proven benefits in supporting joint health and recovery.


Some Additional Tips for Supporting Joint Health Recovery After Surgery

In addition to supplements, there are other ways to support your dog’s recovery. A nutritious diet is essential for recovery. Make sure your dog is eating a balanced diet that includes all the necessary nutrients for joint health. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein can support the healing process.

Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around the joint and improve mobility. Work with a professional canine physical therapist to develop a tailored exercise plan for your dog.

Lastly, create a mobility-friendly environment for your dog. This might include using ramps instead of stairs, providing a comfortable orthopedic bed, and using non-slip mats on hard floors.

Supporting your dog’s joint health during post-surgery recovery is crucial for their overall well-being. If you offer them the right support, you can help your furry friend regain mobility and enjoy a happy, active life. That was our goal with Bernie’s Marvelous Mobility. We are privileged to offer your dog the same level of joint health supplement support that helped Bernie thrive!


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