Bromelain Supplements for Dogs

By Jane Meggitt

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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.

Bromelain 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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Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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