This is a very common question amongst pet owners after their dogs had a major orthopedic injury.
Unfortunately, there is no exact time frame as to how long it takes for arthritis to set in after joint injury. There are simply way too many variables.
What is more important to understand is that arthritis is a progressive disease, meaning it increases in severity over time. Dogs who undergo major joint surgery undoubtedly will develop arthritis because the natural stability of the joint has been compromised and no matter how perfect the surgery is, it is never as good as the way nature put it together in the first place. The exception to this rule is of course joint replacements where a titanium implant is used, for everyone else arthritis is inevitable.
Therefore the question becomes what can you do to slow the progression over time and the answer is by using the right natural joint health supplement. Most people are familiar with glucosamine and to a lesser degree chondroitin but what most people don’t realize is that even more important is incorporating natural ingredients with proven anti-inflammatory benefits such as MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) or vitamin C to name a few of the more common ones.
Unlike most joint supplements on the market TopDog’s joint supplement called GlycanAid® Maintenance and GlycanAid® HA (hyaluronic acid) are formulated with absorption enhancers that help your dog’s body absorb the nutrients more effectively. Both of these supplements use the same core ingredients which are glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, Cetyl-M, and Vitamin C. In addition to being a well-rounded supplement, all the ingredients used are from the USA, something we are very proud of because we can provide pet owners with the confidence that only the highest quality ingredients are used in our products. For people who care about providing their dog with the best, this matters.
For more information about the importance of this, you can read a recent article I wrote called Made-in-the USA…Buyers Beware!.
Hope this helps.