Two of the top health problems of Yorkshire Terriers are Kneecap dislocation and the Legg-Perthes Disease.
Both of these are accompanied by joint problems. The former, as its name implies, causes pain in the knee joint while the latter is marked by hip joint symptoms.
Also, it is significant to note that both are genetic health problems. In that case, unfortunately, joint pain is less likely to be avoided.
There are supplements, however, which act as pain relievers for such joint problems. There are many brands to choose from but because this is your Yorkie we are dealing with, you cannot just choose the most accessible or cheapest product in the aisle.
You have to summon your inner meticulousness before naming your choice. So, here are some tips you can keep in mind while choosing the best joint supplement to give your Yorkie.
Read the labels, specifically the ingredients.
Look for glucosamine, chondroitin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, MSM or omega fatty acids. According to experts, these are key ingredients of a great joint supplement.
You have to put the stress on glucosamine, being the top component. The more of these the product contains, the better.
Dogs have different reactions to substances. You may never know which of these key elements work best for your dog. So it would be best to cover all your bases and choose that which holds more.
You may also want to consider turmeric (curcumin) in your list. This ingredient is also making its name in the joint supplement industry.
Read the labels further. This time, check how much of the key ingredients are put into the supplement. The weight of your dog is relative to the quantity of the substance.
For example, 20 mg of glucosamine is recommended for each pound of your dog’s weight. So, do the multiplication. If you are in doubt, you can always check from your vet.
Do not go cheap.
The low-priced supplement does not always mean you saved up wisely. Many contain substandard substances and ingredients which will not bear full effects for your Yorkie. It is better to buy products from trusted companies in veterinary health even if it comes with a little expensive charge.
Be mindful of the allergies.
As of this time, you may have already discovered your dog’s allergy, if any.
If you haven’t, head to your vet for consulting. If allergies are present, you may want to opt for hypoallergenic supplements. In that way, you know your Yorkie is safe, rather than adding up another problem to the joint pains.
Start the supplements as early as possible.
This is preferably around their fifth year. You must not wait for signs of joint pain. You may begin ahead of time. It is not an assurance that he will never experience the pains.
However, his years free from joint problems may be lengthened. On the other hand, if he is already suffering from one, supplements can still ease the burden. Just give the effect some time.
Lastly, consider their sense of taste.
Supplements come in many forms like liquids, capsules, tablets, chewables or even injectables.
However, you may have already experienced giving your dog a substance before. You know what he can put up with. Keep this in mind so he can be comfortable with his supplement because even the most effective one can’t work its magic if your Yorkie can’t take it in.
Consequently all you have to remember. Now you can begin the search!