The miracle of shark cartilage dog treats, relieving dog arthritis

May 23, 2017 at 9:30 am
The miracle of shark cartilage dog treats, relieving dog arthritis

We have become so used to getting scripts from our own GP’s that now many dog owners expect the only real medicine for their dogs must be bought at a vet. This is true for many conditions including cancers, but there is a BIG natural alternative to harsh pharmaceutical medications (that are often very costly and with bad side effects) and it’s not homeopathic – not that there is anything wrong with that.
You see, I have many clients as a professional dog walker, and a few of them have very old dogs. These are dogs that love an off lead dog walk, but will suffer many of the human old age diseases such as osteoarthritis. So I got to talking to one of my clients about what they gave her dog, and the thing for JOINT RELIEF and PAIN relief happens to be a very expensive small jar of refined glucosamine and chondroitin.

I asked my own vet about this, because my dog has recently begun suffering possible effects of arthritis but they said that they didn’t know of any journals that had actually definitive proof that glucosamine and chondroitin work. And in I step with my Google scholar search and find some reasonable of proof of it actually working!

You see, something that a pharmaceutical company didn’t invent and patent is going to have very few press releases or money for them or the vets, so very few studies will be funded about it. It has been known to anecdotally work for humans for many years, but again the product was considered generic and of doubtful value.

But a few dog researchers got together a few years ago and constructed experiments and wrote a paper called ” Randomised double-blind, positive-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate for the treatment of dogs with osteoarthritis”.
Out of a scale of 1 – 5 it was found that on three major measures of arthritis improvement, out of five parameters, that many dogs did improve considerably. The parameters of major improvement were: Pain, Weight bearing, General condition. The researchers show graphs that depict that many dogs improved one level and some two levels (out of five) after only 70 days. But here is the clincher. They were using heavily refined pharmaceutical versions of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate and it didn’t work for every dog, but it did for many, often after only a 40 days or so. The thing you need to know, is just like Omega 3 fish oil, you need to keep up daily doses for the whole initial period to see if your dog responds. Stop too early and you will never know.

What about shark cartilage dog treats and arthritis?

Glad you asked. Because many people just use them as a great chew, for teeth cleaning and their potential for helping with pain or cancer minimisation risks. And that is good, but unless you are using them daily at the right dose for your dogs size, for long enough, you just aren’t being scientific enough.

Now the reason why shark cartilage is often better than pharmaceutical sources of the glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate is because typically 10% of shark cartilage contains these active ingredients in their most natural state.

Also because the sticks are about 40% ash, they have a low energy count so won’t make your dog fat. The main fat they have in them is the very good version of CLA (omega 3). And there are a myriad of other beneficial chemical compounds that just aren’t included in the refined pharmaceutical bottles. Too many to cite here, plus shark cartilage has no known bad side effects.

On my own dog blog I have made a graph of the rough dosage levels you should consider giving your dog, but its basically the values are based on the levels that the researchers used during their tests:

• “1 g of active ingredient twice daily to dogs weighing 5–19.9 kg,
• 1.5 g twice daily to dogs weighing 20–40 kg and
• 2 g twice daily to dogs weighing >40 kg for 42 days.”

The daily dose of Glu/CS was reduced by one-third for the subsequent 28 days.

To calculate how much shark cartilage sticks you give your dog you need to know how much your specific size sticks weigh and that glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate takes up 10% of that weight. So if you have a 50 Kg dog you need about 4 grams of active ingredient per day or about 4 x 10 g of shark cartilage sticks given over two sittings on an empty stomach, per day. 40 grams might be two or three sticks depending on which ones you pull out of the pack. How simple is that? In one hit you provide chewing, Omega 3, arthritis relief, pain relief, anti cancer chemicals …. THAT is why we call it the miracle treat.

The brevity of this dogslife blog piece means that I can’t present all of the evidence you might like to see, but I am sure for those people with older dogs looking for an alternative this news might be refreshing and worth researching further. As always, when giving new foods or any medication, please consult your vet.

BIO: Bruce Dwyer researches and sources healthy meat based dog treats in Australia for his own dog and others. From an original career in Electronic engineering his analysis and research skills had him well sort after in Corporate Australia until he chose to concentrate on the dog service industry. His company ‘Healthy Dog Treats’ has been in business since 2011 and was based on finding the best dog food natural supplement nutrition for his own dog (Archie the 9 year old spoodle). Archie not only approves of the selections but is featured on many videos on site trialling these ‘treats’. Understanding that people also enjoy dog treat news and free dog treat coupons he has a weekly email newsletter that can be subscribed on his site. Bruce is also a professional dog walker and besides his regular blog on his main website his daily dog walk adventure images and videos and dog treat news can be found on these places: | | |