TriCox: Another Supplement That’s Worth it’s Weight

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In the land of pet supplements, the internet can be both your friend and your worst enemy. If you search “joint supplement for dogs”, you will likely get anything and everything ranging from legitimate, helpful, information to the most off the wall claims you could imagine. So this week, I will be breaking down and explaining the ingredients in TriCox, what they do, and why we recommend it for our patients.
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TriCox is one on the nutraceuticals that we often recommend to our rehab patients. It is a chew that your dog can take just like a treat, and we’ve found to have very high success rate with as far as efficacy. TriCox is a combination of multiple components that have each been found to support healthy and comfortable joint function in dogs. The creators simple took all of these ingredients, which were great on their own, and put them together. They have listed all of the various ingredients on their website, but I’m going to go ahead and just list them here, with a little blurb about each one. So at the very least, this weeks blog post will save you from multiple Google searches.
Here are the components that make up TriCox, as listed on their website:
Glucosamine HCL (marine source)
MSM (Metylsulfonylmethane)
Creatine Monohydrate
Bosswelia Serrata Extract
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
Now, I’ve already covered both EPA and DHA in the Welactin post from a few weeks ago, so please see that if you need clarification so as I don’t have to repeat myself. However, the rest of these active ingredients are ones we haven’t covered yet. So we’ll start from the top, and just work our way down! 
Glucosamine HCL may sound a bit familiar, as the term glucosamine is kicked around a lot in the world of pet supplements. It is derived from shellfish, and is one of several forms of glucosamine. It is actually an amino sugar, and a building block for collagen. Collegan is one of the main components of joint cartilage, and by aiding in the amount of it present, the pain of osteoarthritis can be lessened. 
MSM is a dietary source of sulfar, and when paired with Glucosamine HCL, it creates many of the same benefits you see from glucosamine, including better joint mobility and less inflammation and pain. 
Creatine Monohydrate is an organic acid that helps to supply energy to the muscles of the body. It is naturally occurring and can be found in vertebr
ae, cool huh? This acid helps support healthy muscle function, which is so important, especially when there are compromised joints. 
Bromelain is a protein that is found in pineapples and pineapple stems. It has been used for centuries in parts of the world as a remedy of inflammation, which is where it fits in well in TriCox.
Bosswelia Serrata Extract may sound more familiar to you if you have interest in essential oils, as it is a derivative of Frankinsence. Both herbs have been researched and have shown themselves to be an effective anti inflammatory.
UC- II is a described as a type of collegan, which we already know is the building block of joint cartilage.  This aids greatly in improving joint flexibility, ease of movement, and comfort. UC-II has been studying and approved by the FDA, unlike many products and ingredients that make up pet supplements. 
As side note, the FDA does not regulate the products that go out for pet joint support. What this means is that any company or brand can claim that they have a certain amount of glucosamine or additive that is advertised as beneficial, but no one checks up on those claims the way they do with human medications and supplements. This is why it’s so important to get the facts about the products you give your pets. 
Astaxanthin is actually an antioxidant, and has been hailed as incredibly powerful. Antioxidants “help protect the body by counteracting the deterioration of stored food products.” Antioxidants help keep your pets system balanced. 
Now, all of these seem to be great, but what if you happen to have a very picky eater at home? Well, some of these ingredients have been known to be a bit bitter, and thus not really something pets gobble up. But the makers of TriCox have found a way to “encapsulate” those unpleasant ingredients and create a chew that is highly palatable.  Many pets see this supplement as a tasty treat!
TriCox can be beneficial fir your pet at almost any stage of your pets life, whether they’re getting older, having issues getting around at any age, or happen to have an incredibly active lifestyle, like working dogs. 
Stay tuned for even more breakdowns of the supplements available that we recommend  for your pet!
Contributed by Erin Toman

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