Q: Why feed your dog a supplement?
A: Along with a balanced diet, a good dietary supplement is required in order for your pet to avoid disease and ensure good health and overall wellness. Although a balanced diet will provide a solid foundation, processed dog food alone cannot supply all of the nutrients necessary to fulfill your pet’s unique requirements. All animals have different nutritional requirement and factors such as age, activity level, environment and genetics that will greatly affect the absorption of nutrients from foods. It is therefore important to provide your pet with extra vitamins, nutrients and herbs which will assist the body to successfully work, grow and develop properly.
Q: Why use a hip & joint supplement?
A: Arthritis is a significant problem in middle aged and older dogs, but it still can occur at any age, which is why supplements are a good preventative method. The most common form of hip and joint disease in dogs is osteoarthritis (OA).
Most dogs with OA ultimately have stiffness or lameness, although structural damage may exist for some time before signs are apparent. Joint problems may have a gradual onset or may appear following minor trauma or excessive exercise. A good joint and cartilage supplement like MeridLife Premium Dog Supplement can prevent the onset of joint diseases and make dogs suffering with them, more comfortable.
Q: Where do you obtain your ingredients?
A: All of our pet supplement ingredients are U.S. based and naturally sourced whenever possible. Independent laboratory testing for purity and potency is performed on every single manufacturing lot. The MeridLife Premium Dog Supplement manufacturing facility is cGMP certified and meets the strictest international criteria for hygiene, safety and security.
Q: How do Glucosamine and Chondroitin work for your dog?
A: Glucosamine provides the building block of cartilage. Studies have shown that glucosamine helps to rehabilitate cartilage and reduce the progress of dog arthritis while lessening pain and increasing the mobility of the dog. Glucosamine is rapidly taken up by the cartilage cells and helps stimulate the synthesis of joint fluid and cartilage and is very safe with no known side effects.
Chondroitin is also one of the products necessary for the production of cartilage. It also slows down enzymes that are destructive to the dog’s joint. Chondroitin is added with glucosamine because it tends to enhance the ability of both substances to repair cartilage, as they work better together than either ingredient alone.
Q: How long does it take Glucosamine and Chondroitin to work?
A: Studies show a minimum period of 4-8 weeks continuous use of glucosamine is required to achieve maximum effects. Maintenance supplementation is required for long-term health benefits.
Q: What is the difference between Glucosamine (HCl) and Glucosamine sulphate?
A: Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCl) and Glucosamine Sulfate both work equally well with dogs. The sulfate form was originally used in Europe. MeridLife Premium Dog Supplement is formulated with the HCl form, which has become more popular because it is purer and provides more available glucosamine per unit weight and contains much less residual ash.
Q: What is MSM and how is it useful?
A: MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural, organic source of bio- available sulphur, an essential element found in the dogs body and needed every day for healthy joints and tissues.
MSM is one of the building blocks for creating chondroitin in the animal’s cartilage. MSM serves as a 'Synergist, Antioxidant and for Detoxification'. MSM supports the flow of the essential vitamins and nutrients to be more readily absorbed by the dog's cells.
Q: How long should my dog take a joint supplement for?
A: Most dogs need a hip and joint supplement for the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that cartilage degeneration will re-occur about 4 months after the product is discontinued.
Q: How are dog hip and joint products different from human joint supplements?
A: Pharmaceutical grade glucosamine and chondroitin used for human joint supplements are found in Meridian Pet supplements for dogs. In addition, canine joint products are dosed in the correct size for dogs and are often flavored to make them more palatable.
Q: How do I feed MeridLife Dog Supplement and how often?
A: Our supplement is formulated to be sprinkled over your dog’s meal using the enclosed measuring scoop in accordance to your dog’s size, which is listed on back of the bag. However because the formulation is highly palatable, it can be fed alone.
Q: How long is the shelf life for MeridLife Dog Supplement?
A: MP has been formulated to have 24 months shelf life. However, it is important to keep it below 24C/75F and out of direct sunlight. Also, recommended to store in cool place or refrigerator after opening.
Q: Do dog joint care supplements have any side effects?
A: There are no known side effects observed in dogs while taking hip and joint supplements.
Q: Can I give my dog joint supplements containing Glucosamine and Chondroitin along with painkillers or other drugs?
A: It is always best to check with your veterinarian before putting your dog on any medication or supplement. If recommended, your dog can be given both a joint supplement and an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Many dogs taking a joint supplement no longer require a pain reliever, however, some dogs may need to be on a low dose of pain relieving medication to maintain their comfort even with the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin.