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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Managing joint health is important as both people and pets age. It’s actually one of the most common reasons for doctors’ visits and the strategies for dealing with this are actually similar for both.

Dr. James Cook, DVM explains that humans and dogs have very similar joints.  Although the size is different, the tissue, the way that they work and what keeps their joints healthy is all very similar.

Dr. Cook says weight management is essential for joint health. Even a slight weight loss can have a big impact on relieving pressure on joints.

An option to help is the use of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplements. Several studies have proven the effectiveness of this combination for managing joint health. Dr. Cook recommends a quality brand  that is  routinely tested by an independent third-party, such as Cosamin (for people) or Cosequin (for pets).