What Is The Best Joint Supplement For The American Bully?

Article Highlights

  • The science is in, joint supplement claims on Glucosamine and Chondroitin don’t add up!
  • Joint health doesn’t come from traditional Joint powders, it comes from real food
  • The Keys to Joint health are Proline, Lysine, Glycine, Methionine, Taurine, Mn, Zn
  • Use of joint supplements create one issue that creates other costly issues for Bully owners
  • Origins 5in1 Supplement has all the proven Ingredients for real Joint health

Experts on joint health are now finding that the best joint supplement for dogs needs to contain ingredients that helps cartilage to regrow. The building blocks of cartilage are amino acids called proline and glycine. The ideal supplement also needs special amino acids called sulfur donors, like methionine and taurine. The third ingredient needed require natural minerals called cations, for synthesis like Manganese (Mn) or Zinc (Zn), this is the only appropriate way to prove the best chance to improve joint health through nutrition.

The 3 Keys to Joint Health
Building Blocks + Sulfur Donors + Cations

If you were to ask nearly anyone in the Bully Community about joint health or how they help support the joint of their bulls as the dogs grow and add a lot of mass early in life, you’d most likely hear owners talk about omegas, fatty acids, or another oil. The problem is that fatty acids (omega 3, fish oil, flaxseed oil, etc.) are good for joints by helping to reduce inflammation in the body but doesn’t direct prevent or repair damage in the joints (aka cartilage).

However, if you asked a group of dog owners outside the Bully Community what’s the best joint supplement for dogs you would likely get a whole bunch of responses that include products that contain glucosamine and chondroitin. Products like Cosequin™ even claim things like being the #1 veterinarian recommended brand. In a paper posted by Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine, there is a definitive call for more studies to prove the efficacy of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health.

Research Does Not Support The Effects Claimed

At Rogue, we have already written on the fact that the research does not support the effects claimed by joint supplements. No one knows for sure if or how much Glucosamine and Chondroitin actually benefits joint health in dogs. Bullys are even more likely to experience or be affected by joint issues given their higher genetic growth rate, plus the owners feeding high calories, specifically negative calories (sugars, processed plant fats, by-product animal fats) that add too much fat weight on the dog too fast, which stresses the health of the joints. More importantly, no one is considering the fact that there are known GI distress concerns from the salts and sugar these products contain as well as any other unknown potential risks for long term use. Read our article titled, “Are Glucosamine and Chondroitin good supplements for dogs?” for more information on this topic.

Negative calories add too much fat weight on the dog too fast only stresses the health of the joints

“Dr. Freeman emphasized that supplements do have potential adverse effects. Adverse effects of glucosamine include gastrointestinal upset and problems with glucose regulation, for example.” The full article is here.

What does this mean for the Bully owners and what does look like? What Dr. Freeman is talking about is that too much salt in a dog’s diet can lead to loose stools, change the dog’s metabolism and its response to food. This is a huge concern and an even bigger one for the Bully breed whose metabolic rate is slower than other dog breeds their size. The worst part is that any changes to glucose and carbohydrate processing only hinders the Bully as most owners are over-feeding the dog and adding inappropriate supplements that add negative calories already.

As mentioned before, this can lead to loose stool issues, which cause owners to question the food and even cause them to switch food needlessly. Owners will take the dog to the vet only to find no specific issue and left with a vet office bill and probably antibiotics that are not needed to address a nutritional issue, which surprise, won’t respond to antibiotics as it’s not a bacteria issue. This can also lead to skin and coat issues for the American Bully. So, owners start to add more products in the diet only to stress out an already stressed GI tract system. This results in more health issues, more products and more money spent by the owner. You can see how this starts a reaction of issues!

So, What Is The Best Joint Supplement For The American Bully?

The best supplement for joints while supporting a lot of muscle mass, proven by science, supports the use of methionine to improve the health and function of the joint. More importantly, providing proline and glycine has an even greater benefit on joint health.

A study on amino acids from the National Institutes of Health indicates that glycine is an essential amino acid for cartilage regeneration. “Results presented in Figs. 4 and ​ 5 show that increased concentrations of glycine, proline and lysine in the basal medium enhance type II collagen synthesis. The effects of these amino acids are independent as they are independent variables because the degradation of any one of them does not give rise to a specific metabolite for the synthesis of any other. These results suggest that an increase in the concentration of these amino acids could improve the regeneration of the articular cartilage matrix.” View the charts and the entire study here.

The use of glucosamine and chondroitin for joints is so widespread in the industry that it’s become a very low cost of entry for a pet product manufacturer to make a blanket claim that it’s good for joint health. We, at Rogue, have raised concerns because of how rampant the use of this has become. We see joint health claims being made on treats, chews, dog food, etc. Unsuspecting owners may see this and think adding all of these sources together is going to give them a positive, cumulative effect. The pet owner may never consider that they could be overloading their dog’s system with salt, causing GI distress, or potentially even worse health issues.

Don’t Get Scammed - Joint Health Claims On Other Product Packaging

There’s enough drama and con artists in the Bully community on the dog sales side. Why do Bully owners have to deal with it the same issue in supplement companies in the community?

It’s the responsibility of the pet industry to regulate health claims, this not being done leads to abuse and ultimately, it’s the Bully owners and their dogs that pay the real cost. This is evident with the high concerns Bully owners have for their dogs’ joints. Products that contain glucosamine and chondroitin are making claims with little to no evidence to support the benefits.

There are lackluster “Bully” products that use this same trick to allow the company to say “joint support” but don’t care enough for you dog’s health, let alone if their product delivers any real results. It’s a marketing game they are playing on American Bully owners. It’s unethically folks!

The Texas State Chemist Office since 1999 has not allowed the inclusion of glucosamine and chondroitin to include medical claims on product packaging. In the last year, they have noted the rampant abuse by the industry and have sent notice to all manufacturers selling in the state to remove the joint health claims from their bags.

“The label must also have the following disclaimers, “This compound is not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile” and “This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.” Read more here.

Providing the building blocks of cartilage like proline, glycine…sulfur donors like methionine, taurine and the cations needed for synthesis like Manganese (Mn) or Zinc (Zn) is the only appropriate way if we hope to improve joint health through a supplement for animals.

Origins 5in1 Supplement contains the essential components for cartilage regeneration to build joint health. The added proven support from full spectrum wild fish oil, including the omegas and other fatty acids, is a sure-fire approach to making meaningful impacts to both the immediate and future health of the joints. Read our article about whole fish goodness here.

Origins 5in1 Supplement Is the Best Joint Health Supplement for The American Bully

If you are looking to find the best joint supplement for your dog, try Origins 5in1 Supplement. Here at Rogue Bully Science, our entire goal has been to fix problems for all dogs. We can do this quickly, naturally and with little cost. We can do this because, we believe in being a real solution for all dog owners by putting dog health before money every day to earn your trust. We invite you to try Origins Canine 5in1 where all our products are, as always, 100% Guaranteed.




de Paz-Lugo P, Lupiáñez JA, Meléndez-Hevia E. High glycine concentration increases collagen synthesis by articular chondrocytes in vitro: acute glycine deficiency could be an important cause of osteoarthritis. Amino Acids. 2018;50(10):1357-1365. doi:10.1007/s00726-018-2611-x