Joint Aid plus Muscle Maintenance for Working Dogs is a high specification joint and muscle support supplement for working dogs, designed to maintain healthy joints and muscle integrity. VAT free.
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Benefits of Feeding Joint Aid for Working Dogs
- Maintains flexibility of movement in working dogs.
- Supports the formation of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, synovial fluid and muscles.
- Helps maintain the natural anti-inflammatory actions of the dog's metabolism.
- Contains essential amino acids and key vitamins to support muscular structure and good blood flow around the body.
- Contains powerful natural antioxidants to help neutralise free radicals produced by working muscles.
- Provides a unique combination of 22 active nutraceuticals.
- Contains the unique Oatinol™ Delivery System to maintain a high rate of nutrient absorption.
- Contains high levels of Omega 3 to support optimum health and performance.
- Wheat gluten free.
- A 100% Non GM, soya free formulation.
- Manufactured to Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) standards as palatable, easy-to-feed 2mm pellets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I feed Joint Aid plus Muscle Maintenance for Working Dogs?
For more information see Knowledge Base article: 'Muscle Maintenance'
We understand the need for supplying specialist nutracines to help maintain the structure and physiology of the joints and associated bone, cartilage and tendon. Joint degradation can occur due to one of two main reasons; wear and tear can occur simply as a function of age, or it can be caused by mechanical damage due to enhanced activity.
What we are also beginning to understand is what also happens to muscle and merely increasing protein intake is not the most efficient route to supporting muscular activity.
All cells contain protein in some form and the makeup depends on the type of cell. Even muscle cells vary between the types – smooth, cardiac and voluntary – as does the impact of normal processes affect their maintenance. For example, the abrasive effect of food passing along the gut, wearing down the absorptive surfaces, means massive regeneration and the gut wall has the largest need for dietary protein.
The voluntary, or striated, muscles also suffer from high levels of wear. We are probably all aware of the “ratchet” mechanism of muscle contraction, where muscle fibres slide over each over, but it does have certain limitations. Foremost is the conversion of a biochemical process (energy generation in the form of ATP) into a mechanical result, and it is accompanied by the generation of ultrastructural damage and the release of oxidative free radicals.
In line with all metabolic processes there is a balance between anabolism (building) and catabolism (breakdown). Normal levels of activity are within the natural constraints and muscle wear is matched by regeneration.
However, there is a biochemical and physiological process to muscle damage. Muscular activity induces protein breakdown and the release of inflammatory markers and immunomodulatory cues which mop up damaged particles. At the same time, oxidative free radicals and enzymes continue the process of protein breakdown.
Countering this is the process of protein deposition and tissue repair. It is initiated by an increase of vascular activity (blood supply) to the site of damage; not only will this improve the oxygen supply, which is beneficial for energy metabolism especially in slow twitch muscle fibres, but increase the relevant nutrients and metabolites needed for muscle regeneration.
There are two aspects to muscle repair, whilst protein deposition would seem the most obvious, lipid metabolism is essential. Muscle fibres are, in the main, protein strands, but are encased in a protein/lipid complex cell membrane and it is the chemical properties of the both the neutral lipids and the phospholipids that allow the strands to slide over each other; giving rise to contraction.
Both vascular development and cell membrane lipids benefit from Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Although Omega-6 is sometimes regarded as being pro-inflammatory (it is actually anti-inflammatory but less so than omega-3), it is also a critical component in improving vascular flow. Omega-3 fatty acids are important in maintaining the neutral and phospho-lipids in the cell membrane.
Following on from the inflammatory phase of muscle degradation – when activity slows or stops – there is a phase of proliferation; proteolysis is reversed and the inflammatory cytokines promote collagen synthesis. This is initiated in the presence of the amino acid leucine, one of the branched amino acids that also include isoleucine and valine, and arginine also aids muscle development and vascular development.
In order to modulate muscle repair – over-proliferation can lead to muscle scarring, which is beneficial in wound healing – it is necessary to limit the pro-inflammatory phase, by promoting anti-inflammation and reducing oxidation. Antioxidant vitamins have been implicated in muscle integrity and tissue repair. Vitamin A improves muscle mass and reduces fat marbling, vitamins B, D, and biotin can help reduce proteolysis and vitamin C has been shown to moderate collagen synthesis.
Vitamin E has long been known as an effective antioxidant, but also reduces those enzymes associated with protein breakdown.
Trace elements are also associated with reduced muscle damage, especially selenium, manganese and magnesium.
Many of the components of Joint Aid will help support normal muscle dynamics. Some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components are common to both joint and muscle physiology, as are collagen and chondroitin. Although more associated with cartilage metabolism, chondroitin helps modulate tissue regeneration and collagen makes up about 10% of regenerated muscle.
However, positive metabolites will enable a dynamic turnover of muscle metabolism, helping ameliorate the inflammatory phase and regulate proliferation. Specific antioxidants and trace elements have been added and the new product has been formulated to increase its levels of leucine, arginine and the branched chain amino acids.
By introducing these nutrients to the existing nutracines of Joint Aid, there are complementary antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support, beneficial omega-6:3 ratios and an amino acid profile suited to voluntary muscle.
Contains 22 Active Nutraceuticals
Amino Acids (x 5)
High levels of 5 particular dietary amino acids, essential for the production of muscle tissue.
Essential for the resilience and regeneration of cartilage.
Essential for the structural framework of tendons, muscles and cartilage.
A natural and potent antioxidant.
Gives cartilage its structure and shock absorbing qualities. It is involved in the formation of cartilage, tendons, skin, bone and ligaments.
A natural flavour enhancer and important for natural gut health during times of stress.
Hemp Oil Derived Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Crucial for maintaining the natural anti-inflammatory action of the body.
Helps to maintain the strength and integrity of connective tissues and crucial for the production of collagen.
Piperine Black Pepper Extract
Supports the retention in the metabolism of some active nutraceuticals, for example curcumin.
Trace Minerals (x3)
Provides selenium, manganese and magnesium to help maintain low levels of muscle reaction to work.
Essential for the production of collagen and the maintenance of the body’s immune system.
A biological antioxidant and essential for the health of reproductive, muscular, circulatory, nervous systems and immune functions in the metabolism.
The Unique Oatinol Delivery System
Oatinol is a natural high quality oil based concept developed by and unique to GWF Nutrition. When incorporated into the feed it supplies four active nutraceuticals to:
Maintain gut cell integrity.
Maintain the lining of the gut.
Support the immune system.
Aid the absorption of active ingredients, vitamins and trace elements.
Galactolipid Natural Emulsifiers
To support the absorption of active ingredients across the gut wall.
Natural Tocotrienol Antioxidants
A natural, highly bioavailable form of vitamin E to help maintain the integrity of the gut lining and aid absorption.
Oat Derived Beta Glucans
With prebiotic properties that support beneficial bacteria in the gut to promote healthy absorption.
Proven to actively influence nutrient digestibility and absorption.
How to Feed
- Simply mix with your dog's normal feed.
- Joint Aid plus Muscle Maintenance for Working Dogs can be fed to all working dogs from any age at the ‘General Support’ level to maintain freedom of movement and muscle condition throughout their lives.
- For working dogs or those showing signs of reduced muscle mass, Joint Aid plus Muscle Maintenance for Working Dogs is recommended to be fed at the ‘Full Support’ level.
- For continued support, Joint Aid plus Muscle Maintenance is recommended to be fed on a daily basis.
- 1 measure = 10gms. A measure is included in the pack.
Daily Feeding Recommendation
Toy / Small Dogs (Up to 15kgs)
General Maintenance Level - 1/4 Measure (2.5gms) / Day
Full Support Level - 1/2 Measure (5gms) / Day
Medium / Large Dogs (15 - 30kgs)
General Maintenance Level - 1/2 Measure (5gms) / Day
Full Support Level - 1 Measure (10gms) / Day
Very Large Dogs (Over 30kgs)
General Maintenance Level - 1 Measure (10gms) / Day
Full Support Level - 2 Measures (20gms) / Day
24% Crude Protein, 9% Crude Fat, 12% Crude Fibre, 9% Crude Ash, 20% Starch, 2% Sugar, 1.5% Calcium, 0.4% Phosphorus, 0.2% Sodium, 0.15% Magnesium.
Black Oats, Hemp Seed Meal, Maize Gluten (Prairie) Meal, 5% Vegetable Oils & Fat (Oatinol), 2% Glucosamine, 1% Chondroitin, 1% MSM (Methylsulfonymethane), 0.5% Curcumin, 0.5% Collagen Matrix, 100mg/kg Piperine Pepper Extract.
Vitamins (/kg): 33340iu Vitamin A (3a672a Retinyl Acetate), 5000iu Vitamin D3 (3a671 Cholecalciferol), 2500mg Vitamin E (3a700 Alpha Tocopherol), 8000mcg Biotin (3a880), 400mg Vitamin B6 (3a831), 3000mcg Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), 24mg Folic acid (3a316), 1000mg Vitamin C (3a300 Ascorbic Acid); Trace Elements (/kg): 240mg Manganese (3b507 Dimanganous Chloride Trihydroxide), 1mg Selenium (3b815 L-Selenomethionine); Flavour Enhancers (/kg): 10gm L-Glutamic acid (2b620); Amino Acids: 2.5% Lysine, 2.15% Leucine, 1.75% Arginine, 1% Valine, 0.75% Isoleucine.
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