Shark Cartilage Explained
Our doggo’s can spend hours chasing their favourite tennis ball or birds in the park, swimming through the waves to catch a stick, or jumping up and down in excitement for a tasty treat. Your doggo communicates joy through their activity and movement.
Pawents (Doggo’s Mom and Dad) also notice when their dog’s movement is somehow slower or less active. Activity and movement are vital parts of a dog’s quality of life. This is limited when a dog experiences discomfort in the hips and joints.
Supplying the best hip and joint support for dogs is especially important to your pet’s overall wellness. Because our doggo’s walk differently than humans, they need a little extra TLC in their hip area, with their joints tending to carry more stress than our own.
Are you worried that your best friend has slowed down and might need a little mobility support? Want to know more about the best joint and hip care for dogs? Then keep reading.
One of the common problems in our doggo population is in their joints. Issues can be attributed to obesity, injury, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and genetics. Fortunately, BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder is a fantastic dog supplement that can help prevent joint problems, restore weakened joints, improve strength, and alleviate pain.
Is shark cartilage safe for dogs?
Shark Cartilage is low value and low demand for human consumption as we prefer to pay a high price to the chemist for our joint support medicines. That does not mean it is not safe.
Minimal risk of any adverse side effects and the potential benefit from chondroitin means many vets recommend it for animals with joint pain. Another benefit is that with positive results, the use of more expensive prescription drugs can be cut down. So, for your dog’s wellbeing, the benefits can be great, and using natural shark cartilage is the most sustainable, beneficial use of it. Medical studies have found that chondroitin can help protect intestinal tracts from ulcers which can be a side effect of medicines.
Chondroitin is one of the most used nutraceuticals and has had extensive testing in horses, dogs, and cats.
Spotting Dog Joint Problems
Observing the signs below will help you detect if your dog is experiencing joint problems.
- Difficulty with movement
- Whimpering when trying to stand or move
- Swelling around the joint area
- Not as active
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder used as a supplement can help the treatment of canine arthritis and joint injury. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce inflammation and joint swelling whilst stimulating the doggo's immune system. It is also believed that shark cartilage can help treat a variety of cancers in both humans and canines.
Cartilage tissue from the skeleton of a shark that has been dried and powdered is known as shark cartilage. BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder is manufactured by dehydration which is a process that helps keep all essential nutrients. Shark cartilage holds chemicals that inhibit the formation of blood vessels and is therefore beneficial to arthritic dogs. Stopping the formation of blood vessels prevents essential nutrients from reaching tumours to halt their growth in the first stages of canine cancer.
Research suggests that a remarkably high percentage of arthritic dogs treated with shark cartilage showed an improvement in their condition.
Mucopolysaccharides are available in substantial amounts in the cartilage and function as pain relievers whilst nourishing and healing joint cartilage.
Nutrients Found in Shark Cartilage Include:
Mucopolysaccharides - found in every type of body tissue form a key part of cartilage, synovial fluid, and the extracellular matrix.
Unadulterated dry shark cartilage powder is approximately 41.0% ash, 39.0% protein, 12.0% carbohydrates, 7.0% water, less than 1.0% fibre, and less than 0.3% fat.
The macro-proteins and mucopolysaccharides supply ALL the benefits of the shark cartilage.
Giving BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder to your doggo
You can mix the powder into moist food or mix the powder in your doggo’s water and watch them lap it up.
Shark cartilage has a strong smell and a fishy taste that your doggo will love. The recommended dosage is as follows:
Dosage by Dog weight:
1mg (1/4 teaspoon) per 5 kg
However, please consult your vet if you are unsure.
The misconception of Using Shark Cartilage
Shark cartilage is expensive to obtain and involves the killing of sharks concerning environmentalists immensely. Not in our case, our powder comes from the leftovers of sustainably caught Australian sharks for human consumption. Use of the by-products means we help cut waste and promote marine conservation and sustainability within the fishing industry as all the unwanted bycatch from the pristine waters of tropical North Queensland that would usually end up in landfills now can be converted into high value, nutritional powder.
By air-drying the bones slowly at low temperatures, we can harness all the natural health contained within. Meaning our powder is not only delicious but also creates a beautiful gloss on your doggo’s coat, reduces allergies, and helps joint mobility.
Adding supplements with chondroitin and glucosamine to your doggo’s meal is an increasingly popular form of alternative therapy for canine arthritis and other degenerative joint and bone disorders. Chondroitin is a flexible substance that occurs naturally in humans and animals it is a key component of cartilage, the connective tissue that cushions joints during movement.
Chondroitin levels often decline due to cartilage deterioration caused by age, illness, or injury. Some animal care experts believe that chondroitin supplementation may help reduce cartilage loss that contributes to the pain and inflammation of dog arthritis, hip dysplasia and other conditions.
The chondroitin sulphate in BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder is also thought to help contribute to the creation of new cartilage in ageing or ill pets.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Glucosamine helps to build cartilage in the joints. Chondroitin manages the production of cartilage in the joints. Used together, they create a powerful force at treating and preventing dog joint problems.
A growing number of owners and animal care professionals are considering the benefits of chondroitin for older dogs that suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative joint and bone disorders.
The Right Type of Supplement
Chondroitin comes in many forms that may vary in quality. Chondroitin pills, liquids and chewable tablets often have chondroitin made from cow and shark products. BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder also has glucosamine, another naturally occurring substance that aids joint pain and related disorders. Our powder can be easily digested and absorbed by your doggo.
The benefits of chondroitin and glucosamine - for older dogs as well as those with arthritis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative joint and bone disorders) contributes to a growing number of owners and animal care professionals that realise and understand the benefits.
Although it has been associated with unpleasant gastrointestinal reactions and potential blood-thinning effects, chondroitin is a safe supplement for pets. The only reason shark chondroitin does not get recommended is that there is no benefit over bovine chondroitin, and it can be seen as a danger to the oceans and shark population. But, as we discovered earlier our BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder comes from waste by-products, so there is no more impact on already sustainably caught fish.
Owners may still consider getting advice from a veterinarian or animal care expert before giving chondroitin supplements to their dogs.
Prevention of Dog Joint Problems
The wonderful thing about natural supplements such as BENEFIT Shark Cartilage Powder is that, in most cases, dogs can safely take it indefinitely. Even if your dog has not developed any joint problems yet, providing them with supplements helps to support the cartilage process and can help reduce their risk of developing joint problems in later life. Additionally, things like a well-balanced, nutritional diet and enough exercise can help to keep your doggo’s bones, joints, and muscles strong as they age.