Joint Care Advice for Dogs

Joint care: Why is it important and how can OSCAR help?

Created: 20/12/2017 Updated: 27/09/2021 - Shelley Audis-Riddell

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Joint problems can occur at any stage of an animal’s life but are more likely in later years. Certain breeds are more susceptible to joint disease or joint defects that can affect the stability of their joints.

Here at OSCAR, we have a number of foods containing different joint care supplements to help maintain the joint health and mobility of our furry family members - all the way through puppyhood and right through to their senior years.

What joint supplements can help your dog?

OSCAR use a combination of supplements to create a joint care system that is built into their food:

  • Glucosamine provides building blocks to synthesize new joint cartilage

  • Chondroitin blocks destructive enzymes that break down cartilage joint

  • MSM is vital for the formation of keratin/collagen

  • Fish Oils (containing fatty acids such as Omega-3 and 6) provide anti-inflammatory properties

At what age does your dog need joint support?

Joint care supplements are a great way to ensure the health, happiness and well-being of our extended families. Daily life can put stresses and strains on even the youngest joints, especially during play time, exercise and training, so it is important to take things slowly and not do too much at an early age. Why not take a look at our Healthy Growth Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, or Junior Chicken & Rice foods?

Our Maize Lamb & Rice, Maize Chicken & Rice, Chicken & Rice, Lamb & Rice and even our Sensitive all include joint care to help keep our faithful friends mobile.

When the time is right to consider a senior diet, Pinnacle of Life and High Fibre Lite provide light and healthy options for our ageing pets. Furthermore, for those needing the best of the best, Pinnacle Plus contains the best joint care within the OSCAR food range, providing optimal joint health and mobility.

  • Puppies - especially large or giant breeds while their joints are developing

  • Active pets - pets that accompany us while we exercise on runs and bike rides or who take part in agility

  • Working Dogs - Herding, Shooting, Search and Rescue dogs and Assistance dogs are all on their paws for long periods of time and are often very active

  • Overweight - a few extra pounds can make all the difference to joint stress and strain due to carrying excess weight

  • Seniors - slowing down, sleeping more and generally being less active can be early signs of joint issues

Overweight golden retriever

Extra joint support through supplements

Supplements such as Natural Vet Care Mobility or Ageility and NAF Superflex Liquid can be added to meals for those that appreciate a special topping on their food.

True Hemp™ HIP & JOINT and True Hemp™ DENTAL STICKS HIP & JOINT are rich in hemp leaf and ground hemp seed and turmeric root to help dogs maintain healthy joints

Let’s not forget our feline friends as they approach their later years. If you observe them sleeping more, struggling to groom certain areas near their tail and back or noticing them climbing, jumping or playing less, these can all be signs that they are starting to develop joint problems. Why not try our Adult Care Complete? With added glucosamine for joints (alongside the benefits for skin, coat, teeth and urinary help) it is an excellent choice.

By offering supplements to our pawsome pets we can guarantee they have the support to enjoy life to the full in whatever they do, be that hopping onto our knee for a much-loved stroke and fuss, learning to fetch, going out for a run, rounding up the herd or just climbing down from the sofa for a jolly jaunt to the park.

Do you need further advice?

If you need any further advice, please contact the OSCAR Helpline Team on our freephone number 0800 195 8000 or email