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Best Joint Supplements for Your Dog

Guest Post by Jim Smith

Harrison-kugler-d2hWXEV8J-8-unsplashAre you looking for the best joint supplements for dogs?

Watching your once happy and lively dog in pain can be heartbreaking. Arthritis, joint, and hip issues have become increasingly common in senior dogs. Joint supplements can help reduce symptoms.

But are they safe to use?

In this blog post, we’ll go through everything you need to know about joint supplements for dogs and help you pick the best ones.

Let’s get started.

As with humans, when dogs start getting older, they develop certain health issues associated with old age. Joint pain and inflammation are becoming increasingly common in all breeds.

Why is that so?
One of the biggest reasons is that our dogs are getting fatter. Overweight and obese pets are more likely to develop hip and joint pain as the weight puts more pressure on your dog’s joints.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Joint Pain

Not sure if your pooch has joint pain?
Our furry friends won’t be able to tell us they’re in pain. Dogs are especially good at hiding their pain and won’t let you know they’re hurting unless it’s unbearable. In the wild, showing pain can be a sign of weakness. So, dogs are programmed to hide it.

Common signs of joint pain in dogs include:

  • Hesitation in climbing stairs
  • Not jumping up and down the furniture
  • Swollen joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Standing up can be challenging
  • Overall bad temper
  • Low energy

If your dog is showing any of these signs, take him to the vet for a proper check-up and diagnosis.

Best Joint Supplements

Joint supplements can be a boon for dogs with limited mobility. They help alleviate most of the symptoms and bring back your happy-go-lucky pooch.

So, let’s take a look at some of the best joint supplements.

1. Cosequin Maximum Strength Joint Supplement Plus MSM

It comes in a yummy chicken flavor and is manufactured in the US using globally-sourced ingredients. Helps improve joint health and mobility.

2, Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM Soft Chews

These come in easy to chew tablets and helps support joint health. Decaffeinated green tea provides antioxidants.

3. Petlab Co. Joint Care Chews for Dogs

This helps improve joint mobility and improve blood flow to the joints, providing your dog with flexibility, strength, and comfort.

Here's the Deal: Common Joint Supplement Side Effects

While dog supplements for joints do help alleviate symptoms, they can have harmful side effects of their own, such as:

  • High doses cause excessive urination
  • Diabetes (in case of sugar-based supplements)
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • Bald spots
  • Constant licking
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Itchy skin
  • Gassiness

Some of these symptoms are easy to deal with, while others are more serious. So, it’s best to stick to natural supplements for your pooch. These are safe, effective, and easy to use. More on those in a moment.

A Note on Cheap Chinese Supplements

You’ll find several cheap supplements on the market when looking for the best joint supplements.

While these look like a great deal, they can end up making your pet extremely sick! The FDA is investigating 600+ pet deaths and 3600+ injuries linked to Chinese supplements. Products imported from overseas are not regulated by the FDA. This means that they aren’t legally obliged to disclosing where the products are sourced from. In fact, some supplements may be advertised as “Made in the US” but can be sourcing their ingredients from China and other countries.

Isn’t that terrifying?

That's why it is safer to stick to natural joint supplements for dogs.

Choosing Natural Joint Supplements

Natural supplements for dogs are safe, effective, and easy to use. They help reduce joint inflammation and the pain that comes with it.

And, they don’t have harmful side effects!

  1. CBD Oil for Dogs
    CBD Oil For Dogs finds its origin in the cannabis plant. CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties and helps treat chronic pain conditions like hip and joint dysplasia. It helps reduce pain and doesn’t have harmful side effects.

    CBD oil isn’t just great for hip and joint issues. It helps with a plethora of issues like anxiety, chronic pain, epilepsy, and helps improve a dog’s overall quality of life. You’ll find many CBD products online, most of them are low-quality. So, you should choose organic, natural, and lab-tested oil like Relievet’s CBD oil for dogs for effective results.

  2. Collagen
    Collagen is a type of protein found in cartilage, tendons, bones, ligaments, and joints. As your dog grows older, collagen production slows down, causing problems like mobility issues, joint and hip pain, weakened teeth, etc. You can boost your pet’s collagen production using collagen supplements.
  3. Turmeric
    Turmeric has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat a variety of issues. It’s safe to use with pets and helps reduce joint inflammation and pain. For the best results, choose organic Turmeric.

Did we answer all of your questions?

You’ll find several dog supplements for joints on the market, but not all of them are safe for your pooch. Some have serious side effects, while others are imported from questionable sources.

So, it is safe to stick to natural supplements when possible.

CBD oil for dogs is heavily researched scientifically proven to reduce joint pain--and it is safe to use. But, with the market saturated with CBD products, it’s important to choose the right one for your pooch.

Relievet’s CBD oil for dogs is natural, organic, and lab-tested to ensure quality.

Do you have any questions? We'll be happy to answer them if you visit

Jim Smith has a passion for animals -- he lives with his cat and two dogs in San Diego. He has been writing about animals for the past 5 years, specializing in natural and alternative health.

Photo by Harrison Kugler on Unsplash

Your Dog at Work - Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Dog-2467149_1920If your employer allows dogs, is it a good idea to bring your dog to work with you?  Having dogs at work is something of a growing trend, with such major employers as Amazon, Google, Salesforce and Ticketmaster allowing it.

These days, you may have been spending a lot of time at home, so it could be tough for your dog to see you go off to work. Maybe you can take him or her with you!

According to PetPlace, "Companies that have tried experimenting with dog-friendly workplaces have reported positive feedback, stating that pets in the office allow them to get through long workdays happily, improving overall morale, employee attendance, and a better work-life balance."

Still, allowing dogs at work takes some preparation and getting used to. For example, employees must be asked if they have allergies or a fear of dogs. In addition, behavior and hygiene are two primary concerns. The employee who owns a dog must be confident the dog will react well to strangers and be able to acclimate to an office environment. Dogs must also be vaccinated and free of fleas, ticks and any contagious conditions. An evaluation period to see whether your dog can be a good canine citizen at work is a good idea. But imagine how cool it would be to work in a dog-friendly office!

Read more about the pros and cons of dogs at work here:


Feel-Good Quotes About Dogs

Here are some really great quotes about dogs:

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
– Anonymous

Happiness is a warm puppy.
– Charles M. Schulz

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
– Will Rogers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
– Ben Williams

My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.
– Elayne Boosler

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
– Josh Billings

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
– Andy Rooney

Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.
– Caroline Knapp

If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.
– Charles Yu

To err is human – to forgive, canine.
– Unknown

You'll find plenty more here:


Adopting a Dog? You Need to Ask These 20 Questions

Dog-3435827_1920If you've decided to adopt a dog, congratulations! It's a wonderful thing to do and it will be exciting for you. In the excitement, though, you want to be sure you are making a smart choice and adopting a dog that's right for you and your family. One of the biggest reasons adopted dogs are surrendered is because the adopter didn't think carefully about what kind of dog was a good fit.

That's why you should find the list of 20 questions put together by to be really helpful.

Some of the questions -- with the answers -- included in this list are:

How big is the dog going to get?

Was the dog handed in or is it a stray?

Has the dog's socialization skills been assessed?

What are the dog's energy levels?

Does the dog have any specific grooming requirements?

Check out all of the 20 questions and their answers here:

Dogs and Ice Cream

Christian-bowen-OYUzC-h1glg-unsplashWhen you're cooling off with some yummy ice cream, do you let your dog have a lick -- or even buy a kiddie size for your fur baby? Plenty of people do just that -- but this information from is a good reminder that ice cream made for human consumption isn't always great for dogs.

According to PetPlace, the sugar, fat and lactose in ice cream make it an unhealthy treat for dogs. In addition, these common ice cream ingredients are downright dangerous for dogs:

  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • raisins
  • macadamia nuts
  • Xylitol

Here are some reasonable alternatives as cold doggie treats:

  • Unsweetened frozen yogurt blended with frozen fruit or peanut butter
  • Chicken or beef broth ice cubes

And don't overlook local ice cream shops that offer specially made doggie treats, including Asheville and Black Mountain locations of The Hop.

Photo by Christian Bowen on Unsplash

1 Mile Doggy Dash, Mills River, Sept. 13

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The Mills River Valley races feature a 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Doggy Dash on Sunday, September 13th at the Mills River Community Park and surrounding area with a flat, scenic course. The 1 Mile Doggy Dash can be competitive or just a fun run. It begins at 8:35 AM.

The races are hosted by the Mills River SDA School and benefit the school and Blue Ridge Humane Society. Registration is open and precautions will be taken in the race format to ensure social distancing.

For complete details or to register, visit:


Travel with Your Dog in the Time of COVID-19

Land-2564197_1920If you've been thinking of venturing out on a trip with your dog, you've no doubt thought about the possible complications of travel because of COVID-19. That's why you may find a free guide from valuable.

This handy guide offers comprehensive information about flying with your dog, including the latest regulations for traveling with pets on major airlines. You should be aware, for example, that virtually every major airline no longer accepts pets in cargo areas, but they do allow "carry-0n pets" if your pet fits in a carrier placed under your seat.

In addition, the guide covers alternatives to airline travel: Traveling with your pet by car, by ship and by train.

You'll find the guide here:

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What to Do with Your Doggie Around Asheville

If you're like so many of the dog owners who are getting cabin fever and maybe a little bored with dog walking, take heart: The "Asheville Date Night Guide" has some cool ideas for what to do with your doggie in the Asheville area.

Among the suggestions listed are:

  • Dog play dates at French Broad Dog Park or Fletcher Dog Park
  • Dog-friendly hikes - 5 suggestions, including Bent Creek and Rattlesnake Lodge
  • Double dog dates - places where humans and dogs are allowed, such as the Battery Park Champagne Bar

Check out all the ideas in this helpful article here:

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$10 Adoptions - Asheville, Through Sept. 22

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A special promotion from Asheville Humane Society:

Summer of Love: A Little Help for Our Friends
NOW  through September 22 
Open by Appointment Only

$10 adoption fees for ALL pets! 

We need a little help for our furry friends! Summer is always a busy time at Asheville Humane Society, and this year we've faced new challenges amid COVID-19. We always see more animals come through our doors in the summer months, but with limited appointment slots, it's taking longer for them to find their forever homes... And our Shelter is FULL of animals waiting to get their spot on the Adoption floor! So, to help these deserving pets meet their new families as soon as possible, adoption fees are $10 for ALL pets through the end of Summer! 

Don't let this summer go by without adding some LOVE to your life! Set up an appointment today! 

Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals at (Check back frequently! Animals continue to move through our system and appear on our website once they are ready for adoption.)

Step 2: Please email AHS at if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain animal!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Our adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we have limited appointment slots available, and will do our best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible!

Thank you so much for your support! We will do our very best to help you find your forever friend!

Watauga Humane Society, Boone, NC COVID Information

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 2.45.03 PMCurrently, Watauga Humane Society continues to be closed to the general public, however the organization is continuing to schedule fosters, adoptions, and owner surrenders by appointment. 

Watauga Humane Society’s Arko Dog Park reopened for members on May 31. The current new hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A full list of rules and restrictions can be found on the WHS website under “News” 

The Watauga Humane Society Bare Bones Boutique thrift shop has also re-opened Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Masks must be worn while in the shop and the number of customers in the shop will be limited. 

Proceeds from dog park memberships and the thrift shop help support the shelter’s daily operations while the society’s fundraising events are paused.

Watauga Humane Society needs fosters and donations and still has animals to adopt. Check out their website at:

How Old is Your Dog in Human Years... Really?

Harrison-kugler-d2hWXEV8J-8-unsplashMost dog owners have always done simple math to determine the age of their dog in "human years" -- multiply each dog year by 7 and you have the answer, right?

According to new scientific research, that may not be quite right. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently reported, "Dogs are much older than we think, and researchers devised a more accurate formula to calculate a dog's age based on the chemical changes in the DNA as organisms grow old."

Here's a new formula that, according to scientists, will be much more accurate than the 7 dog years = 1 human year we are all used to:

"The new formula, which applies to dogs older than one, says that a canine’s human age roughly equals 16 ln(dog age) + 31. (That’s the natural logarithm of the dog’s real age, multiplied by 16, with 31 added to the total.)"

If you can't figure that out, don't worry. The AAAS has created a handy calculator where you can just fill in your dog's age and find his or her age in human years. You'll find it half-way down on this page:

Photo by Harrison Kugler on Unsplash

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Aug. 10

Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 10.55.15 AMBlue Ridge Humane Society will be offering a free pet food distribution for those in need or affected by COVID-19, on Monday, August 10, from 9 am-1 pm at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Adoption Center located at 88 Centipede Lane in Hendersonville, NC.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up.  Additional resources and supplies will also be available.

If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at (828) 393-5832.

Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society

Blue Ridge Humane Society - Do It Yourself "Barkyard Party" - Sept. 19

Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 2.16.29 PMBlue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC is suggesting supporters sign up by August 30 for a do it yourself "Barkyard Party" to be held on September 19, 2020! Here are the details from the organization:

Your DIY event can be in the format you desire: a sit down formal event, potluck, dessert bar, brunch, themed event, pet-friendly, kid free, kid friendly, etc. Team up with a friend to co-host or use a central location such as your favorite restaurant or community clubhouse.  Then invite your friends to join you in honor of Blue Ridge Humane and raising funds that allow Blue Ridge Humane to continue our work during this strange time.

Who can host? Anyone can host! If you feel comfortable with a small group of people, invite them over to learn more about Blue Ridge Humane and to support our work. You can also sign up as a virtual host and keep your event to a party of one!

How is this a fundraiser? Since large scale events are unsafe at this time and social distancing is the new normal, we ask that hosts share the work that Blue Ridge Humane is doing in the community with their guests in a small group setting, and that guests make a donation in lieu of purchasing a traditional event ticket.

Who can I invite? Anyone you like! Invite your pet loving friends, family, or neighbors to learn about Blue Ridge Humane and support us this year.

Can I team up with someone to host? Of course! You can co-host, use an alternative location, and make your remote event exactly what you are comfortable with!

What is provided for hosts?

  • Special host basket with treats and local goodies, acknowledgment in our newsletter and other promotions, entry into our event prize drawings.
  • Talking points and facts about Blue Ridge Humane
  • Invitation wording templates for use if you choose
  • Donation collection materials
  • BRHS staff to answer your questions.

Are hosts responsible for the full cost? You can be or you can make it a potluck, have only dessert and wine or coffee, etc. All options are open, depending on your personal preferences.

For more information or to register by August 30, visit

Should You Adopt a Second Dog?

Dogs-189015_1920If you've owned your dog for awhile, you undoubtedly have developed a special bond. One reason your dog naturally bonds with you is because dogs are pack animals. Dogs are generally happier as part of a pack whether it's human or canine, but most dogs seem to welcome a canine companion. So the question is: Should you adopt a second dog?

Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, the veterinarian who heads the well-regarded Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, believes that "dogs in general are happier with other dogs. It's hard on social creatures not to live with their co-species members." Still, getting a second dog should not be a hasty decision. “A dog might enjoy another dog initially,” she says. "But the two dogs may not display their full range of behaviors in that situation, and they have to make a quick decision based on initial impressions. We’re layering our own best judgment over that to create what is essentially an arranged marriage that may or may not work to best advantage.”

The Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has some excellent, authoritative suggestions for how to add a second dog to your household in an informative article, "Would Your Dog be Happier with a Second Dog?" Read it here:

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