Equine Joint Supplement
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a normal component of the synovial fluid and joint cartilage. Hyaluronic Acid holds more water than any other natural substance, thus bringing moisture to the joint and supporting hydration and lubrication.
Joint pain in older horses
As animals age, the body produces lesser amounts of Hyaluronic Acid and it becomes more difficult to replenish. The body’s natural store of HA may become degraded or destroyed. The joints may become stiff and movement painful. Hyaluronic Acid promotes an increase in the viscosity of synovial fluid which can lubricate and cushion the joints.
Hyaluronic Acid treatment options
Hyaluronic Acid was first injected directly into the joint and although it offers intense joint lubrication, it may be very invasive to the joint capsule. There is always a risk of infection in the joint when injecting directly into the body.
Intravenous Hyaluronic Acid is also on the market. This method carries the HA through bloodstream to the joint. It is by prescription only and should be administered by your veterinarian. The IV form of Hyaluronic Acid offers short term relief and your horse may run the risk of infection at the injection site.
Oral Hyaluronic Acid is the newest form of HA on the market and when found in pure form, at an actual equine dose, it may demonstrate dramatic improvement in horse’s with joint pain. Arthritis, joint stiffness, swelling and overall joint discomfort can decrease with the addition of oral HA to your horse’s diet.
Which Hyaluronic Acid Supplement Is Best?
An oral Hyaluronic Acid supplement that is formulated with a low Dalton weight is preferable, to cross the cell membranes in the digestive tract to be absorbed by the body. A good quality and high dose of oral HA may also reduce the need for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). HyalONE™, distributed by DePaolo Equine Concepts, was created by a veterinarian to provide an actual horse dose of HA to increase mobility and optimal performance.