Having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) I have been familiar with pain so I worked hard to find alternatives to the drugs. I've been successfully doing that since 1986. I was already into the alternative health realm from previous health issues that the medical world had no answer for, so it was natural to go natural.
However, many people don't feel comfortable making choices for their pain management on their own. The prescription drugs have many side effects and even if you can avoid them with over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol and Aleve, there are still horrible side effects.
Tylenol is the number one cause of hospital admissions for liver failure.
Long before it was mainstream research, I was using glucosamine in a joint formula that combined it with other necessary factors and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The glucosamine "discovery" was validated by vets who used it in dogs with arthritis. My friend's mom has used the same product I did for her dog with great success and much increased mobility for the dog.
Dogs frequently suffer from joint pain, especially with hip dysplasia being more common. One thing to think about is that there are no "placebo effects" with dogs. They don't get better because they think they're supposed to. They either feel better or they don't and pet owners know the difference. Read the entire article about glucosamine and other natural remedies for joint pain.
One of the formulas I have used the longest in my RA program is Everflex with glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, hyaluronic acid, and devil's claw.
If you suffer from joint pain or have somebody you love that does, think more about a natural solution. Nobody wants to live with chronic pain, but there are simpler solutions to manage it. Maybe that's the problem ... they just sound too simple.
They've been working for me for over 20 years and I'm so grateful!