This is another product from GNC who has an excellent reputation in the multivitamin market. Much like the GNC multivitamin for dogs the GNC Pets Ultra Mega Hip & Joint is aimed more at those dogs which are older and need additional calcium in their diets.
To keep your senior dog active and healthy using GNC Pets Ultra Mega Hip & Joint Health may offer you the solution. This supplements comes in bacon flavor and it is in a chewable tablet format so it is very easy to administer to your dog.
Note that because it is a calcium supplement its use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding have not been proven. You should always consult a vet about the use of supplements when it comes to your animals but especially older dogs and cats. Animals with clotting disorders or being treated with anticoagulants medications. Animals diabetes or metabolic disorders causing hyperglycemia or animals with a history of urinary tract stones and animals with known allergies to shellfish should not be using this without the advice of a family veterinarian.
Should lameness worsens you should always discontinue use and seek veterinarian advice. Much like other supplements it is best to give it to the dog once it has eaten so as to reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal upset.
The calcium in the supplement contains 750mg of Glucosamine Hydrochloride which comes from shellfish and 600mg of Chondroitin Sulfate which comes from Bovine Cartilage and Porcine Cartilage. This also comes with 100mg of Vitamin C and 25mg of Tumeric.
You might find the addition of tumeric a bit odd however there is an old proverb which goes – “When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.” Tumeric is added to some foods today as Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine once said that “Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,”. This is why we find tumeric in more dog supplements for older dogs.
There is also 40 mg of Omega Fatty Acids from Flax and Vitamin E 20 IU, Zinc 15 mg, Hydraulic Acid 5 mg, Manganese 5 mg and Copper 1 mg. Another final addition is 25mg Boswellia serrata. You might not know what that is however there was an interesting study done in Switzerland:
“An open multi-centre veterinary clinical trial, comparing conditions before and after treatment with a herbal dietary supplement consisting of a natural resin extract of Boswellia serrata, was conducted by 10 practicing veterinarians in Switzerland.”
“Already after two weeks of treatment, an overall efficacy of the dietary supplement was evident in 71% of 24 eligible dogs. A statistically significant reduction of severity and resolution of typical clinical signs in individual animals, such as intermittent lameness, local pain and stiff gait, were reported after 6 weeks.”
It relieves joint inflammation. You can see the study on PubMed here. Yet again another great product from GNC and one product that you might need to speak to your vet about next time you see him/her. Now the GNC Pets® Ultra Mega Hip & Joint Health Senior Chewable Tablets are a bit pricey however you get what you pay for. Its about $71 for 240 tablets so it is overall a very good long term investment in your dog as you might only be buying it only once a year.