Shark Cartilage For Dogs
Are you currently feeding Shark Cartilage to your dog?
Have you thought about Shark Cartilage but never really knew the reasons why you should be feeding it as a treat?
I have done the research and found out the benefits, nutrients and ethical sourcing for you. But I will say now… it is more than just a tasty and fishy treat to keep your dog entertained.
Is Shark Cartilage Good For Dogs?
Yes. Shark Cartilage is good for dogs. Not just good, but a great natural source of many life-sustaining minerals and vitamins.
If you are looking for a treat to help clean your dogs' teeth, provide joint support and make them excited to see you then Shark Cartilage is a perfectly natural solution.
We are all becoming aware that you don’t need to use pharmaceuticals to treat every ailment and condition that our pets have.
Shark Cartilage contains Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine, Protein and Calcuim, providing anti-inflammatory effects to dogs with joint or mobility issues. Arthritis is one of the most common ailments in dogs today and it can range from a limp to severely debilitating.
Traditionally, treatment would include a series of injections from a vet, over a four week period and continuing this every 6-12 months.
Whilst Shark Cartilage is most commonly used for the support of joint disease and as a reward, it has a wide range of benefits for our canine companions.
Is Shark Cartilage Good For Puppies?
Puppies love Shark Cartilage and it is really good for them.
Remember those puppy teeth! The cuts, nibbles and puncture marks during play time! Well for a dog of any age, the act of chewing releases endorphins and also relieves boredom, loneliness, stress, frustration and anxiety.
Hence why we go through so many shoes when our dogs are still puppies. They are learning that chewing is the ultimate fun and what is and what is not acceptable to chew on. It is important at this stage to redirect them so they learn the ‘house rules’ as quickly as possible. Redirection with a treat is the most effective way, as when it comes to any sort of training, the key is positive re-enforcement.
Shark Cartilage is a great way to provide a tasty chew to release those endorphins, and it is also soft enough for their deciduous teeth (baby teeth).
Giving treats that are very hard, such as knuckle bones and hooves can cause damage to deciduous teeth and cause them to fall out prematurely.
Why Feed Shark Cartilage As A Treat?
Shark Cartilage as a treat is great for bond building, obedience training and general dental health and hygiene. Not to mention the nutritional benefits.
The treat you choose to feed your dog is dependent on a number of things:
- Is he overweight?
- Does he have any health issues, such as Joint Disease, Pancreatitis, Diabetes etc?
- Is the treat for reward or training?
The great benefit of Shark Cartilage is that it ticks all of the boxes above, it is low in fat, great for joint support, can be given whole as a reward or broken up for training.
It contains calcium that is readily absorbed by a dogs body more than any vegetable or bone, making it great for any raw feeders that are looking for an alternative to paddywacks (beef tendons) or beef lung cubes.
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How Much Shark Cartilage Do I Feed My Dog?
If you are just giving a treat every other day or when you remember, then your dog will likely not see the full benefits that Shark Cartilage has to offer if you are hoping for some joint relief.
Around 10% of Shark Cartilage contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate, meaning the amount you need to feed will be specific to your dogs' weight.
The chart below stipulates feeding amounts by weight for joint support.
Along with joint support comes an added advantage of low fat. Approximately 40% of Shark Cartilage is made of ash, making it very low fat and perfect for those dogs that like to overindulge…. I’m talking to all the Lab’s, Beagles and Staffies out there.
What Nutritional Benefits Does Shark Cartilage Give My Dog?
I have spoken about the joint benefits that Glucosamine and Chondroitin provide from feeding Shark Cartilage. And with Joint Disease being one of the most common health problems with pets today, it is easy to justify the feeding of these great treats for that alone. But Shark Cartilage also comes with more benefits to add to the list.
It is believed that Shark Cartilage can be used in the treatment of a variety of cancers in both dogs and humans. It contains chemicals that inhibit and formation on blood vessels and in turn prevents essential nutrients from reaching tumours and stops the growth of tumours in the early stages of canine cancer when given in the right doses.
This inhibition of blood vessels is also the reason why it is beneficial for arthritic dogs. Glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate form that basis of the natural components of cartilage in a dogs joints. They are naturally formed by the body, but can also be provided in the diet through Shark Cartilage and other forms of natural supplements.
Supplementation of these basic components can be beneficial, especially when there is a disturbance in the balance, such as in osteoarthritis.
Nutrients found in Shark Cartilage include:
- Amino acids
Where Can I Buy Ethically Sourced Shark Cartilage For Dogs?
As much as sharks are hunters of the deep sea, keep people on their toes and always have us ensuring there is that one person slightly further out in the water at the beach than we are. They also provide an essential role in the marine ecosystem and do not deserve all of the negative publicity that they receive.
It is because of the media that sharks, in general, are seen as the monster in the movie Jaws, and with a reputation like that, it is easy to overlook the fact that they are often illegally caught and discarded of wastefully. Often being caught for their fins and dumped overboard. I think we can agree that no animal deserves that.
I have sourced Australian suppliers that only used ethically sourced, high quality Shark Cartilage from the remnants of human catches.
From the remnants of human catches means they are from sharks that everything that can be, is used. Cartilage, meat, skin, fins and more. This ensures that sharks are not just caught of their cartilage and then discarded wastefully.
It is important to note that Shark Cartilage is a supplemental treat only and is not a complete and balanced diet and should only be fed supplementally.
Have you found Shark Cartilage to help your dog? I would love to hear any feedback or experiences that you have!
Did you know you can purchase them on a subscription and have a pack (or 2) sent to you monthly!