Chester is at mid age and has lived a very active life. If his experience is like mine, things ache and are starting to wear out. I want him to live a long, happy, comfortable, active life so I thought it was a good idea to get him a joint support formula to help his little body out.
I searched online for a really good joint formula and saw reviews on Phycox Canine Joint Support (affiliate link) that claimed it “reversed my dog’s aging”. According to one reviewer, “my 12 year old dog acts like a 2-year-old dog again”. Almost 80% of reviewers gave it 5 starts on Amazon. The reviews of 3 stars or less mostly state that it didn’t help their dog (nothing bad – it doesn’t work for every dog the same).
According to the product, it is a “joint support formula to help reduce inflammation and discomfort due to normal daily activity”. I don’t know if Chester and Gretel’s activity level falls under “normal daily activity” for a small dog but I hoped Phycox would at least make a little difference.
Phycox Canine Joint Support contains 158 mg of glucosamine, 140 mg of MSM, Omega-3 oils and a “natural pain inhibitor” similar to other joint formulas. In addition, these chews contain Boron and the proprietary Phycox© (phycocyanin, etc.).
The instructions are to feed 2 chews a day (for a 20 lb dog) for 4-6 weeks to see a difference. After that a maintenance dose of 1 chew a day is recommended.
The price for a container of 120 small-bite chews is about $30. If used as directed, one container will last a 20 lb dog for an introductory, double-dose period of the full 6 weeks and then for about one month after that on a maintenance dose.
I bought one container of the liver flavor. I found it to be really stinky but of course the dogs love, love love to eat stinky stuff so they gobbled them up.
After feeding Chester the recommended dose for three weeks I did seem to notice he was more spunky on runs again – keeping up with or ahead of Gretel. However, I didn’t think it was a miracle like many reviews implied.
I suppose glucosamine for dogs is like it is for adults – it’s more preventative so you won’t be as “degraded” later as you would have been without it. Knowing that, I am not surprised that I didn’t see anything groundbreaking anyway – especially because Chester is not decrepit.
Three months have gone by since we started giving Chester the Phycox chews. I would say that I have seen a definite improvement in his mobility and energy. The improvement seems to have plateaued but I guess that is why you enter a “maintenance stage” – because improvements only get to a certain point and then stop.
Am I convinced that Phycox Canine Joint Support (affiliate link) is the best joint support formula out there? No. But I feel like it is right up there with the best of them. I definitely might ad it to our rotation of other high-quality joint supplements like Glycoflex.
Has anyone else used Phycox Joint Support? What did you think? Do you have a different joint support formula you love?