Restor-A-Flex is a chewable arthritis supplement that can be used to combat both arthritis with cats and with dogs. It contains a number of different nutrients that are aimed at trying to help the pet's body repair its joints and avoid inflammation of the surrounding tissue, which is a major cause of arthritis pain. The main two ingredients are glucosamine and chondroitin, but it's also got Vitamin C and manganese.
How does Restor-A-Flex work?
The main way that arthritis supplements like Restor-A-Flex work is by using glucosamine and chondroitin. For those worried about the risks of drugs or chemicals, these are natural molecules that are necessary to the bodies of pets. Both play an important role in the health of bone cartilage. Glucosamine is a sugar, and it helps the body form and repair cartilage. Chondroitin is a protein that makes cartilage more elastic. These are both used in many arthritis medications for humans. They help your pet naturally reduce the pain of arthritis by making its joints more healthy and less painful to move by supplementing the molecules its body uses to repair joints.
These supplements don't work in all pets. Many vets recommend trying one first before using arthritis drugs, because they don't have the risks associated with drugs and because it only takes about a month to find out whether it's going to do anything - if it does help your pet, it will be a lot less expensive than the drugs. If it doesn't, you've only wasted a month.
Are there side effects?
No - your pet could get some basic indigestion, because sometimes these chewables don't agree with a particular pet, but that is it. All the stuff that is in joint supplements are things that are in a pet anyway. The only side effect I've heard of is with glucosamine in humans - people with seafood allergies have problems because it is often harvested from shellfish. But I haven't found anything suggesting this happens in pets.
Where can I get it?
The same pills are used for both cats and dogs, you just give a bigger dose if you've got a heavier pet. You can get a 60 tablet bottle online here:
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