If your dog experiences arthritic changes or is recovering from an injury, bromelain supplementation might help him feel better. Found naturally in pineapples, the enzyme bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties and can aid digestion. It appears to have beneficial effects on muscles and joints. Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of supplements.
If your veterinarian approves bromelain supplementation, give your dog bromelain tablets at least one hour after he eats. Bromelain supplements might be included in combination with other enzymes or ingredients. Quercetin, a bioflavinoid, is often paired with bromelain. A regimen of these and similar supplements fall under the category of "systemic enzyme therapy." Theoretically, these products work by removing fibrin, which aids inflammation, from the blood, and separates proteins causing inflammation. Because bromelain can cause blood thinning, don't give it to your dog if he suffers from ulcers or any bleeding or clotting problems. While relatively safe, bromelain can cause diarrhea when given in large doses.
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