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New supplement addresses health issues associated with dog obesity


Preventative joint supplement offers a solution for canines showing signs of early-stage arthritis

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The Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) has cited that more than 50% of all dogs in North America are overweight or obese.1 This raises a concern as dogs with additional weight are significantly more likely to acquire arthritis and other serious joint complications, including hip dysplasia.

"As a pet owner myself, I know how hard it can be to refrain from indulging your dog's love of treats," said Russ Kamalski, Pet Wellness Direct, co-CEO, in a company release.2

"But dogs aren't built to carry a lot of extra weight around. It can cause painful wear and tear on dog joint cartilage and joint fluid, which can impact a dog's mobility and energy, and even its personality. Because when a dog is dealing with chronic pain, it can become depressed and despondent and even aggressive."

Thus, Kamalski suggests pet parents with overweight canines use a preventative joint supplement such as the new VetSmart Formulas Early Stage Hip + Joint Complex, which offers a preventative solution for promoting joint health.

"Obviously, adopting a healthier diet and getting more exercise is important, too," he added. "But losing weight takes time, and an increase in physical activity will cause even more stress on the joints as your dog works to lose the weight. That's why early prevention is key, and why a joint health supplement can be so beneficial. It can reduce inflammation and prevent limping and pain as your dog gets back in shape."

According to the release, Early Stage Hip + Joint Complex has been specifically formulated to rebuild cartilage and restore joint fluid in dogs beginning to display signs of early-stage arthritis. Kamalski expressed the company created the supplement to be effective and safe to be given to canines over long periods of time. What’s more, the preventative supplement features a natural hypoallergenic beef flavor, and dog owners that have given it to their pets reported a difference in mobility, energy levels, and playfulness in their dogs.2

Early Stage Hip + Joint Complex is available exclusively on PetWellnessDirect.com and Amazon.com.


  1. Williams K, Downing R. Overweight, obesity, and pain in dogs: overview. VCA Animal Hospitals. Accessed May 16, 2022. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/overweight-obesity-and-pain-in-dogs-overview#:~:text=More%20than%2050%25%20of%20dogs,process%20pet%20owners%20must%20face
  2. Is your dog overweight? It may be at risk of developing this debilitating disease. News release. Pet Wellness Direct. May 13, 2022. Accessed May 16, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/is-your-dog-overweight-it-may-be-at-risk-of-developing-this-debilitating-disease-301546530.html
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