Dogs show signs of aging in different ways.
Some dogs develop arthritis as they get older.
As arthritis progresses, aging dogs also experience muscle loss and weak joints.
If your senior dog shows signs of arthritis such as limping, hesitance to stand or jump, or stiff joints, your veterinarian could recommend a variety of treatment options.
A traditional veterinarian will offer treatments addressing the symptoms, such as pain medications.
Using creatine for dogs can help aging joints by halting muscle loss.
What is Creatine?
Creatine naturally occurs in muscle cells and protein-rich foods like chicken, beef, and fish.
The substance closely resembles amino acids.
Creatine is produced in the liver from amino acids such as glycine and arginine.
Creatine helps muscles produce energy.
The substance fuels Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which drives burst muscle contractions. ATP store energy in the muscle.
ATP contains three bound phosphates. As they break loose, energy is released.
Creatine replenishes the phosphates in ATP.
As dogs age, factors such as diet, exercise, muscle mass and hormone levels affect creatine production in the body.
Why is Creatine Beneficial for Dog Joint Health?
As dogs age, they lose muscle mass.
Loss of muscle mass put more stress on the joints.
Aging and arthritic joints benefit from strengthened muscles.
In combination with light exercise and a healthy diet, creatine can benefit aging pups with muscle loss.
Supplemental creatine strengthens APT, giving your dog more stamina.
Creatine also helps your dog’s body rebuild and repair muscle fibers during rest periods.
Does Creatine Have Side Effects?
No long-term studies exist on creatine’s effect on pets.
However, side effects from consuming too much creatine in humans include muscle spasms and cramps, dehydration and gastrointestinal upset.
Creatine is common among human bodybuilders as a muscle building supplement.
However, creatine is used differently for dog joint health.
Dog joint supplements contain creatine in low doses to help arthritic and aging pups build muscle to help support joints.
This use of creatine is not meant to build muscle in the way human body builders add muscle for aesthetic purposes.
How to Use Creatine with Other Herbs and Compounds
Creatine is even stronger when used in conjunction with other herbs and compounds.
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