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Dr. Mercola Joint Support for Pets Products and Knowledge

Dr. Mercola Joint Support for Pets Products and Knowledge

"The Easy Way to Help Support Flexibility and Movement"

One out of five dogs, especially larger breed dogs, and nearly 1 in 3 cats over the age of 8 can use extra support for their joints and connective tissue. Going way beyond glucosamine- and chondroitin-only supplements, this formula with 8 fast-acting ingredients offers renewed hope for your pet’s comfort and flexibility.


  • Its eight active ingredients go beyond traditional, slow-acting glucosamine-chondroitin pet supplements for joint flexibility, stability, and comfort.
  • Our unique formula features eco-friendly, patented Natural Eggshell Membrane, or NEM® brand eggshell membrane matrix that includes the important building blocks collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), and other proteins for joint health.
  • Our Joint Support for Cats & Dogs contains patented low-density Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a key component of cartilage that helps tissues retain water for lubrication and shock absorption.

Ask any pet owner what he enjoys most about his relationship with his pet and you’re likely to hear things like... “We love to play and do things together...” or “She follows me around the house and keeps me company.”

And judging by the number of YouTube videos people post online to show off their pets' entertaining antics, it's clear that adoring owners spend countless hours watching their companion animals at play.

As much as owners may enjoy watching their pets play, many don’t give joint comfort and flexible movement a second thought. That is, not until their pet begins to slow down. Support for flexibility and comfort tends to be something owners regard as something reserved for “old pets”.

You may be surprised to learn that recent studies paint a totally different picture...

Newer research tells us that one in five dogs, especially larger breed dogs, could use support for optimal hip and joint health throughout life. Dogs may clearly need support way before their senior years.

And with cats, the need is just as great, if not greater. Nearly one in three cats over the age of 8 could use support for their joint function and comfort.

Even a kitty as young as eight or a pup just reaching his prime could benefit from support for optimal hip and joint function.

Shortly, I'll reveal how you can take advantage of the latest breakthroughs in joint and connective tissue support to help make your pet’s life more comfortable and satisfying. Gone are the days of slow-acting glucosamine and chondroitin all by themselves...

How Cartilage-Supporting Agents May Help Support Your Pet’s Comfortable Joint Function

Cartilage-supporting agents help maintain hip and joint health and support your pet’s cartilage health as they age.

What exactly is cartilage? It’s the firm elastic living tissue that lines the two bone surfaces in a healthy joint.

Cartilage cells produce long-chain molecules called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). When they combine with water, they provide cushioning to help protect your pet's bones during movement and exercise.

The most common GAG is chondroitin sulfate. Chondroitin is naturally present in healthy connective tissue and cartilage.

Another GAG naturally found in normal cartilage is hyaluronic acid or HA. HA helps cartilage maintain its flexibility, elasticity, and strength.

Cartilage is unique in that it has no blood or nerve supply, so it can’t survive on its own. It must get all its nutrition and oxygen from your bone and joint fluid.

With each increasing year, cartilage can begin to lose water and become dry and less elastic. Joint fluid production may decrease. Your pet’s natural production of GAGs slows. It gets tougher to replace lost cartilage.

Your pet may reach a point where their body may not be able to replace lost cartilage fast enough to maintain optimal hip and joint health.

Special cartilage-supporting agents may help maintain the health of cartilage cells and enhance your pet’s joint function and performance.

Why Glucosamine- and Chondroitin-Only Formulas May Not Provide the Benefits You Expect

I’ve had many pet parents over the years express frustration with joint health formulas that contain only glucosamine and chondroitin...

I agree benefits can come slow with these formulas if they happen at all. Many pet owners simply give up using them when they don’t appear to be helping.

That’s not all... There are three potential problems with these two old standbys as well...

  1. Much of the glucosamine on the market is derived from shellfish, specifically crab, lobster, and shrimp shells – a common allergen
  2. Chondroitin molecules are large, making it a challenge for your pet’s body to digest
  3. Glucosamine may affect your pet’s metabolism

For all these reasons, I’m frequently asked about a replacement, especially one that works faster.

The good news is that we now have a whole new generation of effective – and fast-acting – ingredients to choose from.

My Joint Support for Cats and Dogs formula contains a total of eight of these stellar active ingredients that I think you will be as pleased with as I am!

So who do I believe can benefit the most from my formula?

  • Large breed puppies and young dogs
  • Any dog that has reached its prime and beyond
  • All cats eight years and over

Let’s take a closer look at how these special ingredients may help support a healthy range of motion and joint health by aiding in the delivery of joint supporting agents to cartilage and soft tissue in and around your pet’s joints.

From the Barnyard... Nature's Gift for Your Pet's Healthy Joints

Eggshell Membrane is an ingredient derived from the protective barrier that remains in the shells of broken eggs.

What makes eggshell membrane so unique?

It contains a number of naturally derived substances including:

  • Collagen – A fibrous protein that supports cartilage and connective tissue strength and elasticity
  • Elastin – A protein that supports skin, cardiovascular, cartilage, and spinal health. Elastin gives the tissue its elastic tension and ability to resume its shape after stretching
  • Desmosine and isodesmosine – Two little-known amino acids responsible for elastin’s elastic or “rubbery” properties
  • Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – Includes glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid - vital polysaccharides that are structural components of connective tissue, interstitial fluids, and skeletal structure
  • Transforming growth factor-b – A protein that plays a crucial role in cellular differentiation and immune function

Eggshell membrane, with all these valuable components working together, helps:

  • Support a healthy range of motion
  • Support a healthy inflammatory response
  • Support skin health

Made-in-the-USA, Our Eco-Friendly Eggshell Membrane Matrix From the Midwestern Heartland

Straight from real, freshly cracked eggs, Natural Eggshell Membrane, or NEM® brand eggshell membrane matrix offers the important building blocks collagen, elastin, GAGs, and other proteins to support the stability and flexibility of your pet’s joints and to help maintain their joint cartilage.*

NEM® brand eggshell membrane is an eco-friendly product. And it has a fascinating story behind it...

Watching truckload after truckload full of discarded shells departing from a local Midwestern egg-breaking facility, NEM’s founder wondered how he could help save 600,000 tons of eggshells from being discarded into American landfills each year. Made by Mother Nature, this waste had to have a better purpose...

That drove him to dig into the research and discovering the eggshell membrane had been used for many years in Japan for countless health benefits, including joint health.*

Experiencing a eureka moment, NEM’s founder launched his company’s mission to transform this wasted resource into a powerful, naturally sourced joint health supplement.

That was a few years ago... Today, this forward-thinking company is preventing thousands of tons of eggshells from becoming environmental waste, and instead, contributing to consumer wellness.

And the process they use to manufacture NEM is no less environmentally friendly...

Their FDA inspected, NSF-certified GMP facilities leave no detrimental ecological footprint. Using an all-natural, patented process, the eggshells and their attached membranes are separated from each other. The isolated membrane is then partially hydrolyzed and dry-blended to produce 100 percent pure eggshell membrane powder.

Made completely in the U.S.A., every lot of eggshell membrane undergoes testing to verify it is low in toxic heavy metals and free from pathogenic bacteria.

Plus, it’s guaranteed free of any genetically engineered material!

How Eggshell Membrane May Benefit Your Pet’s Joint and Cartilage Health

Because eggshell membrane naturally contains many of the same key substances found in healthy joint cartilage including glycosaminoglycans (chondroitin and hyaluronic acid), collagen, and peptides, it offers:

  • Support for your pet’s joint comfort
  • Easing of joint stiffness due to normal daily exercise and activity
  • Support for your pet’s joint flexibility
  • Maintenance of cartilage and connective tissue
  • Fast and continued support for your pet’s overall joint health

There are a number of positive human studies on the eggshell membrane, and now a canine study shows similar results.

A recent six-week study with 51 dogs at eight different veterinary clinics was set up to evaluate changes in joint function after weeks one and six. Researchers looked at the pain, quality of life, mobility, lameness, and a serum biomarker for cartilage degradation.

The results? Supplementation with eggshell membrane showed positive changes in joint function and joint comfort within one week of use.

“Profound” cartilage support and improved quality of life were reported by pet owners and veterinarians following six weeks of supplementation with the eggshell membrane.

In my opinion, using a high-quality eggshell membrane is a no-brainer. When you have a terrific natural source of glycosaminoglycans containing glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and more – why settle for separate, isolated nutrients?

CMO Helps Lubricate Joints for Comfort and Mobility

Cetyl Myristoleate, or CMO for short, is a potent joint lubricant. By keeping joints lubricated, wear and tear take less of a toll on joints.

I’ve been using CMO with my patients for many years and have found that it helps relieve pain from activity, helps reduce stiffness, and increases range of motion.

I’ve been using CMO with my patients for many years and have found that it helps relieve occasional joint stiffness and helps maintain joint mobility. CMO may help your pet maintain a wider range of motion and experience greater comfort. The Cetyl Myristoleate Complex found in Joint Support for Cats & Dogs is the result of years of clinical research and the exploration of raw materials and preparation techniques. This unique complex contains a bioavailable, high concentration of Cetyl Myristoleate.

The CMO in my formula appears to function in at least four different ways:

  1. Its lubricating qualities begin to work soon after starting use
  2. Promotes a normal, healthy immune response
  3. Promotes comfortable movement
  4. Certified Organic, This Beef Collagen Doesn’t Come From Animals Raised on Factory Farms

Certified Organic, This Beef Collagen Doesn’t Come From Animals Raised on Factory Farms

Collagen is naturally found in your pet’s joints and connective tissue. It makes up as much as 90 percent of muscle, tendons, ligaments, and other joint supporting tissues.

Through its ability to create a fibrous network of collagen, your pet’s cartilage can entrap circulating joint building blocks and provide tensile strength to the surrounding tissue.

As your pet ages, their capacity to produce collagen fades, making them more susceptible to injuries and painful bones and joint conditions, as well as poor skin and coat health. Age-related joint and tissue pain is largely due to the loss and breakdown of their body’s collagen.

The Collagen from Organic Beef Bone Broth in my Joint Support for Cats & Dogs offers types I, II, and III of collagen, providing support for both cartilage tissue and bone health.

I can’t recommend all collagen... Recent testing reveals popular non-organic collagen products contain potentially hazardous contaminants, including antibiotics, steroids, prescription drug metabolites, parabens, and even insecticides!

This suggests that much of the non-organic collagen is coming from factory-farmed or animals raised in CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). That’s why I’m now insisting that the collagen in my formula is from USDA Organic sources only.

A Key Component of Your Pet’s Cartilage... Hyaluronic Acid Helps Protect Your Pet’s Joints During Movement

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is present in every tissue of your pet’s body. One of the most important functions it performs is to retain water… second only to providing nutrients and removing waste from cells that lack a direct blood supply, such as cartilage cells.

As we discovered earlier, cartilage is a specialized form of connective tissue, lending strength and flexibility to your pet’s body. A key component of cartilage is Hyaluronic Acid.

Your pet’s joints are surrounded by a membrane called the synovial membrane, which forms a capsule around the ends of the bones. This membrane secretes a liquid called synovial fluid into the joint cavities, which serves as a lubricant and shock absorber.

As a lubricant and shock absorber, synovial fluid functions to protect your pet’s joints and bones during normal movement. Cartilage is immersed in and fed by this fluid, giving you an idea of why it is so important to joint health. Without HA, nutrients can’t move into these cells… and waste can’t be moved out.

Unfortunately, the process of normal aging in your pet reduces the amount of HA produced. That’s where Hyaluronic Acid may help...

The Hyaluronic Acid in my Joint Support for Cats & Dogs is a special, patented low-density form, which is more easily absorbed into joint tissues than traditional Hyaluronic Acid.

For an Added Measure of Comfort... We've Added MSM, Bromelain, Vitamin C, and Black Pepper

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring compound found in many foods in very small amounts. Published research shows MSM to be safe and effective in promoting joint comfort and supporting a normal range of motion in animals.

MSM provides two essential substances:

  • Sulfur – a vital building block of your pet's joints, cartilage, nerve tissue, skin, hair and nails, and...
  • Methyl groups – which support many vital biochemical processes in your pet's body, including energy production

The sulfur in MSM helps promote flexibility and elasticity of body tissue and helps maintain cell membrane permeability. MSM also acts as a powerful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and aiding in muscle function and joint fluid production.

Adding MSM to my formula was a “must...” But we didn’t stop there. In addition to MSM, we added three more ingredients to support your pet’s joint health:

  • Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme from fresh pineapple, helps promote a normal immune response in humans and animals
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a powerful antioxidant to help reduce free radical production, and because it's pH balanced, it's gentle on your pet's stomach
  • BioPerine® Black Pepper, a patented extract obtained from black pepper fruits (Piper nigrum) standardized minimum to 95 percent Piperine to help your pet absorb the beneficial compounds in the formula

Joint Support for Cats & Dogs – Eight Active Ingredients for Comfortable Movement and Healthy Joint Function

To summarize, here's what you'll find in Joint Support for Cats & Dogs:

  • NEMÒ Eggshell Membrane
  • Collagen from Organic Beef Bone Broth
  • CMO (Cetyl Myristoleate)
  • Low-Density Hyaluronic Acid
  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Bromelain Extract (from fresh pineapple)
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
  • BioPerineÒ Black Pepper (standardized to 95 percent Piperine)

Complete with beef liver powder, our formula comes in a delicious chewable tablet that dogs and cats love.

Here are the three top reasons why I recommend Joint Support for Cats & Dogs to my clients and readers:

  • It works.
    The eight active ingredients work to lubricate and nourish joints, provide needed support for collagen, joint and tissue health.
  • It's a great value.
    If you were to purchase each of these ingredients separately, you could easily spend over $100 a month to get the same results.
  • It's convenient and easy to give.
    You just need to open one container!

Plus, you’ll be pleased to know there are no artificial flavors or colors, fillers or steroids in my formula.

Are You Ready to Help Support Your Pet's Health and Give Them the ‘Gift’ of Comfortable Joint Function?

With Joint Support for Cats & Dogs, you're providing your favorite canine or feline with support for a comfortable and functional life.

My Joint Support for Cats & Dogs helps...

  • Supports comfortable healthy joints and flexibility
  • Support healthy cartilage
  • Stimulate joint lubrication fluid production
  • Maintain joint mobility

It's hard to put a price on comfort and ease of movement...

However... if you were to go out and hunt down all seven of these exceptional ingredients, the price might become an issue. You would easily pay over $100 a month to give your pet that wonderful gift of comfort and movement.

With Joint Support for Cats & Dogs, you can provide your pet with the support they need for a fraction of that cost.

Order your supply today!

Q & A

Q: How soon after starting my pet on Joint Support for Cats & Dogs can I expect him to experience the benefits?
A: Although each pet is unique and each will respond differently, study animals experienced changes in as little as one week.
Q: Are there any side effects of Joint Support for Cats & Dogs?
A: Joint Support for Cats & Dogs is made with primarily plant and animal-based ingredients and contains no harmful steroids or fillers. It is safe to give to your pet on a regular basis. As always, consult your veterinarian if you have a concern about your pet.
Q: How much and how often should I give my pet Joint Support for Cats & Dogs?
A: Please refer to the label for exact instructions on how often and how much you should give your pet Joint Support as the dosage differs for cats, toy breed dogs, small breed dogs, medium breed dogs, large breed dogs, and giant breed dogs. The dosage is also different the first week then it will be for the “maintenance” phase.
Q: Do I need to stop using medications my pet may be taking?
A: Your pet should continue taking any medications that have been prescribed by your veterinarian. Please don't discontinue any prescribed medications without your veterinarian's consent. Also, prior to giving Joint Support for Cats & Dogs to your dog or cat, please confirm with your veterinarian that the product is safe to take with any medications your pet is currently taking.
Q: Joint Support for Cats & Dogs contains bromelain. Should I continue to feed my pet supplemental digestive enzymes?
A: For optimal digestion, please continue your pet's digestive enzymes. Joint Support for Cats & Dogs contains the number of enzymes needed to help your pet digest this product. It's not enough to help your pet digest his or her food, too.
Q: What if my pet is allergic to eggs?
A: We do not recommend giving this product to your pet.

How Much Do You Need? A 3-Pack lasts for...

Dosage Cats
approx. 11.5 months
(inc. loading dose)
Toy Dogs
Toy Dogs:
approx. 5.5 months
(inc. loading dose)
Small Dogs
Small Dogs:
approx. 5.5months
(inc. loading dose)
Medium to Large Dogs
Medium to Large Dogs:
approx. 2.5 months
(inc. loading dose)
Dosage Large Dogs
Giant Breed Dogs:
approx. 2 months
(inc. loading dose)

Dr. Mercola Pet Products
Aug 2017
Dr. Mercola Pet Products

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