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Joint Health Supplements for Pets Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM & Boswellia)

Find the best joint health supplements for your pet, including popular brands of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and boswellia. Find out whether glucosamine and chondroitin really work for joint pain and arthritis in dogs, cats, and horses, dosage, safety, side effects, drug interactions and more. Find out which ones passed our tests and why.

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1.I have to be careful about my sodium intake. Could my glucosamine and chondroitin supplement contain hidden sodium?
2.What are the side effects of glucosamine and chondroitin?
3.Do any supplements help with migraines?  (in Comments)
4.Is it true that glucosamine and chondroitin can reduce the risk of death, like aspirin?
5.Do Vital 3 collagen drops really help for joint pain?  (in Comments)
6.Is Boswellia not well absorbed? Should I take it with food?
7.Is hyaluronic acid helpful for osteoarthritis?  (in Comments)
8.My dog is getting older and his veterinarian recently recommended giving him a glucosamine supplement for his joints. Has ConsumerLab.com tested these, or other supplements for pets?
9.What are the health benefits of tart cherry juice?  (in Comments)
10.What are the side effects of boswellia?
11.Do vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements lose effectiveness with exposure to high temperatures and is it safe to order supplements by mail in the summer?
12.Can N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) really help improve symptoms of bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
13.Someone told me glucosamine might be helpful for back pain - is that true?
14.What supplements should I stop taking before surgery?
15.Does collagen taken as a supplement help with arthritis? I'm seeing it in products for joint health.
16.Does glucosamine raise "bad" LDL cholesterol?
17.Is it true that taking glucosamine might make my glaucoma worse?
18.What is UC-II and does it help joints?  (in Comments)
19.Does turmeric/curcumin help for osteoarthritis in dogs and cats? Is it safe?
20.I take a supplement containing a "proprietary formula" which lists many ingredients. Can ConsumerLab test the contents so I'll know the amounts of each ingredient?
21.Tablets I purchased are becoming "crumbly" after a few weeks and are easy to break. Is there a problem with this supplement?
22.Are there supplements I should avoid when taking apixaban (Eliquis) or similar blood thinner drugs?
23.Which supplements should be taken with food?
24.Which supplements help for osteoarthritis of the hip?
25.Which supplements can help with arthritis?


Clinical Updates Found:
2020 Do Glucosamine & Chondroitin Work? (03/03/2020)
Do Glucosamine & Chondroitin Work?
After reviewing the clinical literature regarding glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis, an expert group drew conclusions regarding their efficacy. Find out what they concluded in the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for glucosamine, chondroitin and other joint health supplements.
 Glucosamine and Blood Sugar (02/08/2020)
Glucosamine and Blood Sugar
Glucosamine (used to treat osteoarthritis) is a type of sugar, so does its daily use affect blood sugar levels and one's risk of developing diabetes? Find out in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Joint Health Review. Also see our Top Picks for Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia supplements.
2019 Glucosamine & Chondroitin -- How They May Work (12/07/2019)
Glucosamine & Chondroitin -- How They May Work
A recent study suggests that one way glucosamine and chondroitin may work is through the gut. For details, see the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia). Also see our Top Picks among products.
 Vegetarian Chondroitin for Knee Pain? (09/07/2019)
Vegetarian Chondroitin for Knee Pain?
Can "vegetarian" chondroitin reduce knee pain and improve mobility? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for glucosamine and chondroitin supplements.
 Glucosamine & Eye Pressure (05/28/2019)
Glucosamine & Eye Pressure
Glucosamine may increase eye pressure in people with glaucoma or intraocular hypertension. But does it have this effect in people who don't have these conditions? See what a new study found in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Joint Health Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for glucosamine and chondroitin.
 Glucosamine and Heart Disease (05/15/2019)
Glucosamine and Heart Disease
Does taking glucosamine affect your risk of developing cardiovascular disease? See what a large study recently found in the What It Does section of the Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia). Also see our Top Picks among joint health supplements.
2017 Does MSM Help Joints and Muscles? (07/23/2017)
Does MSM Help Joints and Muscles?
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is commonly in supplements for joint and muscle pain, although the evidence behind it has been limited. Its effectiveness in reducing pain, muscle damage, and oxidative stress was recently evaluated in people running a half-marathon. See the results in the "What It Does" section of the Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia), which includes our Top Picks among products.
 Chondroitin Matches Celebrex for Knee Pain (06/07/2017)
Chondroitin Matches Celebrex for Knee Pain
A type of chondroitin was found to reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis as much as the drug Celebrex, although not as quickly. Due to potential side-effects with Celebrex, the researchers suggested that this form of chondroitin be considered a first-line therapy for knee osteoarthritis. For details, including dosage, see the "What It Does" section of the Joint Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia), which includes CL’s tests and comparisons of products.
2016 Knee Supplements Studied (04/26/2016)
Knee Supplements Studied
A recent clinical trial evaluated glucosamine with chondroitin versus placebo for reducing pain and improving function in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. See the details, along with results of our tests of popular supplements, see our Review of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for Joint Health >>
2014 Contaminated Chondroitin (06/13/2014)
Contaminated Chondroitin
A chondroitin ingredient on the market has been found to be contaminated with an inexpensive industrial compound. Get the details, along with our tests and comparisons of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for joint health, in the update to the Review of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for Joint Health>> 
 Glucosamine & Chondroitin Help Maintain Knee Joint (03/08/2014)
Glucosamine & Chondroitin Help Maintain Knee Joint
A 2-year study in people with osteoarthritis of the knee found that those who took a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin had only half the amount of narrowing of the knee joint space as those who took placebo. This beneficial finding differs from that of another large study published several years ago which did not find a benefit on joint space. The new study used a different form of glucosamine than the previous study. Get the details, as well as our tests of supplements with these ingredients, in the updated Joint Health Supplements Review (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia) >>   
2013 Vitamin D and Knee Arthritis? (01/13/2013)
Vitamin D and Knee Arthritis?
Can taking vitamin D reduce the pain and progression of osteoarthritis of the knee? A new study found no benefit for people who already had sufficient levels of vitamin D. In fact, these people needed more anti-inflammatory medication during the study than those given placebo. However, as seen in many other studies of vitamin D, people who entered the study deficient in vitamin D appeared to benefit from being given vitamin D, experiencing reduced pain. For more details, see the update in the Vitamin D Supplements Review, which includes our tests of vitamin D supplements. If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or other joints, also read about glucosamine and chondroitin, as supplements with these ingredients may help. We have tested many of these products.
2011 Chondroitin Improves Hand Arthritis (09/25/2011)
Chondroitin Improves Hand Arthritis
Do you or someone you know have osteoarthritis of the hand? A new study found that highly purified chondroitin can reduce pain and stiffness and increase function. You need to give it some time, though. Get the details in the update in the Joint Health Supplements ReviewMore >>


Recent Recalls and Warnings Found:
1.Seller of Vitamin D, MSM, Selenium & More Warned for Drug Claims (04/17/2020)
2.Seller of B Vitamins, Multis, Glucosamine & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations (09/25/2018)
3.Limbrel for Osteoarthritis Recalled Due to Risk of Adverse Effects (01/30/2018)

Archived Recalls and Warnings Found:
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1.Seller of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Settles FTC Charges of False Advertising (10/11/2016)
2.Maker of Garcinia, Joint Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (05/02/2015)
3.Settlement Restricts Label Claims for Certain Glucosamine Supplements (03/28/2015)
4.Seller of Cholesterol, Arthritis Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims (11/06/2014)
5.Seller of Joint Supplement Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (08/21/2014)
6.Maker of Joint Health Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations (12/19/2013)
7.Seller of Omega-3 and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (09/17/2013)
8.Seller of Vision Supplement Warned For Drug Claims (07/05/2013)
9.Glucosamine Legal Settlement Over Labeling -- Many Products Covered (06/20/2013)
10.Seller of Liquid Minerals, Joint Care and Herbal Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (05/24/2013)
11.Maker of Cardio, Arthritis, Cleanse Supplements and More Warned For Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (05/17/2013)
12.Joint Health Supplement Recalled for Undeclared Allergens (05/09/2013)
13.Maker of Joint, Mood and B Vitamin Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Misbranding and Drug Claims (02/28/2013)
14.FDA Warns Maker of Glucosamine and Omega-3 Supplements For Manufacturing Violations (12/21/2012)
15.Maker of Joint Health, Blood Sugar, Prostate, Ginkgo Supplements and More Warned For Drug Claims, Misbranding and Adulteration (11/02/2012)
16.FDA Seizes Many Supplements from New York Company Due To Drug Claims (10/24/2012)
17.Recall of Calcium-Vitamin D Product That's Actually Glucosamine -- Allergy Alert (01/17/2012)
18.Direct Marketers of Weight Loss, Impotence, and Arthritis Supplements Charged with Deceptive Claims (07/01/2003)
19.FDA Sends Warning Letters to Seven Online Supplement Sellers For Therapeutic Claims (09/07/2002)


News Releases Found:
2018 Best Joint Health Supplements Identified -- ConsumerLab Tests Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for People and Pets (10/02/2018)
2017 Top-rated Vitamin and Supplement Brands and Merchants for 2017 Based on Consumer Satisfaction (02/25/2017)
2016 What Works for Joint Health? ConsumerLab.com Reviews Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Boswellia Supplements for People and Pets (06/03/2016)
 Top-rated Vitamin and Supplement Brands and Merchants for 2016 Based on Consumer Satisfaction (02/25/2016)
2015 ConsumerLab.com Shows Chinese Consumers What's Really in Foods and Supplements -- U.S. Testing Company Expands to China, Launches cn.ConsumerLab.com (03/05/2015)
 Use of Magnesium and Probiotics Rise, Multivitamins and Weight Loss Supplements Fall, According to ConsumerLab.com Survey (02/28/2015)
 Top-rated Vitamin and Supplement Brands and Merchants for 2015 Based on Consumer Satisfaction -- Results of the ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin & Supplement Users (02/25/2015)
2014 Mislabeling of Some Joint Health Supplements with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM According to ConsumerLab.com -- 38 Supplements Tested, Including Products for Dogs and Cats -- (02/26/2014)
 Top-rated Vitamin and Supplement Brands and Merchants for 2014 Based on Consumer Satisfaction -- Results of the ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin & Supplement Users (02/12/2014)
2013 Top-rated Vitamin and Supplement Brands and Merchants for 2013 Based on Consumer Satisfaction
(02/01/2013)
 Use of CoQ10, Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and B Vitamins on the Rise According to ConsumerLab.com Survey (01/31/2013)
2012 Lead Contamination and Mislabeling in Joint Health Supplements with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM According to ConsumerLab.com (05/08/2012)
 Top-rated vitamin and supplement brands and merchants on consumer satisfaction for 2012 -- Based on ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin & Supplement Users (02/01/2012)
2011 Vitamin D use increased 52% in past two years according to ConsumerLab.com survey of supplement users -- Fish oil continued to surpass multivitamins as most popular supplement and Internet was most common place to buy supplements (01/31/2011)
2009 Nine joint health supplements fail ConsumerLab.com quality review -- Lead contamination, missing ingredients and other problems found in supplements for people as well as for dogs, cats and horses; Many others approved (07/10/2009)
 Review of Magnesium Supplements by ConsumerLab.com Shows One-Quarter Fail Quality Tests (05/19/2009)
 40% of Green Tea and Selenium Products Fail ConsumerLab.com Review of Cancer-Prevention Supplements; Lycopene Supplements Pass (04/28/2009)
 ConsumerLab.com Warns of Problems with Multivitamins and Vitamin Water -- Defects Found in Over 30% of Supplements Selected for Testing; Several Popular Children's Multis Exceed Tolerable Limits (03/31/2009)
 ConsumerLab.com reports deficiencies in some supplements containing calcium, vitamin D, or vitamin K -- Focus on bone health supplements and new uses for vitamins D and K (03/10/2009)
2008 Tests of zinc supplements by ConsumerLab.com show only some provide dosage proven to shorten colds, reduce eye disease.  Lead contamination found in one product. (12/09/2008)
 Adulteration Suspected with Some "Memory" Supplements -- Few Ginkgo and Huperzine Supplements Pass ConsumerLab.com Tests; Quality High for Acetyl-L-Carnitine (11/18/2008)
2007 ConsumerLab.com reports improvement in quality of SAM-e supplements used for osteoarthritis and depression — Recent testing shows quality is up since studies in 2000 and 2003 (04/24/2007)
 Many arthritis supplements lack key listed ingredient — ConsumerLab.com finds chondroitin missing or low in eight supplements; Glucosamine and MSM also tested (04/11/2007)
 ConsumerLab.com produces series of free online seminars about dietary supplements — First seminar on "joint health" now available (03/06/2007)
 ConsumerLab.com reports on anti-depressant herb — St. John's Wort — Few supplements pass quality testing (02/14/2007)
 Consumers warned of problems with multivitamins — ConsumerLab.com uncovers defects in over half of products tested (01/19/2007)
2006 Probiotic supplements grow in popularity but viable bacteria missing in many — ConsumerLab.com cautions consumers to select probiotics carefully and store them properly (12/12/2006)
 ConsumerLab.com responds to vitamin industry claim to be "vindicated" in defamation case (11/17/2006)
 Tests of "muscle" supplements finds some "weak" products but most contain expected creatine, HMB, or amino acids — Review of muscular enhancement supplements published by ConsumerLab.com (11/13/2006)
 ConsumerLab.com report on CoQ10 supplements finds quality high but large range in suggested dosage (10/20/2006)
 Care advised with natural cold remedies: ConsumerLab.com finds few products with proper quality and directions — ConsumerLab.com offers advice from tests of echinacea, garlic, ginseng, vitamin C, and zinc supplements (10/10/2006)
2003 ConsumerLab.com reports improvement in quality of SAM-e supplements used for osteoarthritis and depression — But a high priced product found to contain only 30% of label claim (11/18/2003)
 Key ingredient missing in some arthritis supplements for people and pets according to ConsumerLab.com — Review of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM supplements published online today (11/02/2003)
 Consumerlab.com finds new forms of creatine prone to problems — Test results of muscular enhancement supplements published online today (09/24/2003)
 Some problems persist with ginseng supplements but overall quality improves according to ConsumerLab.com — Test results published online today (08/28/2003)
 ConsumerLab.com finds many cholesterol-lowering supplements poorly made — Test results published online today (07/31/2003)
2002 Athletic Banned Substances Screening and Certification Program announced by ConsumerLab.com — Tester of supplements to screen for substances banned in Olympics (02/08/2002)
 ConsumerLab.com finds most B vitamin supplements contain what they claim, but often exceed safe levels — Consumers cautioned to be aware of side effects with high dose products (01/08/2002)
2001 ConsumerLab.com finds fish oil supplements free of mercury, but 30% lacking in key ingredient — Test results of omega-3 fatty acid (EPA and DHA) products released today (11/20/2001)
 Sixty percent of nutrition bars fail to meet claims in ConsumerLab.com tests — "Low Carb" bars often loaded with carbohydrates; excess sodium and saturated fat also found (10/30/2001)
 Most iron supplements pass ConsumerLab.com testing — Lead contamination and insufficient iron found in some (10/03/2001)
 Problems and ambiguity among alternative estrogen products reported by ConsumerLab.com — Results of soy and red clover isoflavone product testing released online today (08/15/2001)
 Many herbal sleep products lack key claimed ingredient — Results of ConsumerLab.com's testing of valerian products released on web today (07/09/2001)
 ConsumerLab.com reports test results of arthritis supplement — MSM; Quality found higher than for most supplements, but room for improvement remains (06/04/2001)
 Over forty percent of Echinacea products fail ConsumerLab.com review; Inadequate labeling and missing ingredients found common for popular herbal cold remedy (05/07/2001)
 Quality of popular herbal anti-depressant found to vary; certain types of St. John's Wort supplements more likely to pass testing (04/10/2001)
 ConsumerLab.com expands testing of health products; success of dietary supplement evaluations leads company into broader nutrition field, beginning with popular nutrition bars (03/27/2001)
 ConsumerLab.com review of vitamin E supplements finds some insufficiencies and need for clearer labeling; test results released online today (03/13/2001)
 Problems found with multivitamins and multiminerals by ConsumerLab.com (02/14/2001)
 Some supplements for arthritis may exceed newly released safe intake levels for manganese (01/29/2001)
2000 ConsumerLab.com tests popular supplement for heart failure; CoQ10 test results released online today (11/21/2000)
 ConsumerLab.com finds new calcium products of higher quality than many traditional supplements; Test results released online today (09/06/2000)
 ConsumerLab.com finds that not all creatine supplements meet label claims; Popular sports supplement test results released online (08/07/2000)
 Pesticide contamination found in many Ginseng supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com (07/11/2000)
 ConsumerLab.com announces first test-based buyer's guide to dietary supplements; Manufacturers encouraged to have products tested for potential inclusion. (04/24/2000)
 ConsumerLab.com finds many arthritis supplements lacking labeled ingredients; Glucosamine and Chondroitin product review published online today. (03/07/2000)
 Quality of prostate supplements get mixed review in ConsumerLab.com study; Saw palmetto product review published online today. (01/31/2000)
 Majority of dietary supplements sold in U.S. being tested by ConsumerLab.com in 2000; newest results due January 31 for Saw Palmetto. (01/24/2000)
1999 ConsumerLab.com testing quality of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Saw Palmetto supplements; web site becoming popular reference for consumers (12/08/1999)
 Only three quarters of Ginkgo Biloba supplements contain proper ingredients. ConsumerLab.com posts first of its dietary supplement product tests. (11/16/1999)


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