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You do not have to become a "food expert" to make decisions here. Assuming you can afford to spend a little extra for pet food, use some common sense.
Price is a good guideline. If you see a 40-pound bag of dog food that is on sale for $12.95, it is likely not on most desirable food list (a least, not from my standpoint.) If you study label, it likely will tell you that this is correct.
Premium and All-Natural
When you move up in price, you are likely looking at "premium" and "all-natural" offerings. The premium brands are going to be on most store shelves and usually they are sold by veterinarians as well. Even this food group does not necessarily have finest ingredients. Unfortunately, price alone does not always tell story here.
The "all-natural" pet foods, generally speaking, are best of bunch. These use natural preservatives and you are not going to find artificial flavoring or coloring. Of course, price corresponds to quality and for some of you it is not feasible from a budget standpoint.
I have recommended using raw vegetables as part of your pet's diet. It is far less expensive and once they get used to it (and, if you do not overdo it) it is a healthy and less expensive approach.
Pets with arthritis need solid and healthy nutrition. If your budget allows you luxury of giving them best, then opt for all-natural group.
Remember, high-quality liquid glucosamine is only part of picture. To get an arthritic pet healthier overall, it requires attention to both diet and exercise as well.
JR Rogers is the owner of Synflex America Inc. makers of Syn-flex, a premium glucosamine arthritis formula for humans and household pets.
The author's statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not provided to diagnose or to suggest that liquid glucosamine and chondroitin will treat, cure, or prevent any disease.