Best Dog Foods For Joint Health: Arthritis in Dogs

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1. Blue Buffalo Jolly Joints

About: Jolly Joints by Blue Buffalo is formulated specifically with dogs that suffer from arthritis in mind. It is a great choice for dogs that are allergic to beef.

Blue Buffalo Jolly Joints includes antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients like blueberries, turmeric, and cranberries.

In addition, the food has joint-supportive ingredients like fish oil which supplies omega-3 fatty acids and glucosamine, and chondroitin (from shrimp meal) which has been shown to increase joint health in some studies.

The food does include peas and pea fiber which may be linked to heart disease in dogs. To read more about the possible effects of peas on dogs and the latest research on the topic read our article here.


No Corn, Soy, or Wheat

No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives

Antioxidant-rich ingredients

Joint supportive ingredients


Added Salt

Chicken Meal

Includes peas & pea fiber

2. Just Food For Dogs Joint & Skin Support

Just food for dogs’ joint and skin support is great for dogs with joint issues and allergies since there is one single protein, pork. It also includes plenty of whole foods like carrots, kale, and apples.

It also includes collagen and fish oil which is great for your dog’s joints.


Single Protein Source

Includes collagen and fish oil

Limited Ingredient

Includes whole foods


Has limited ingredients for joints

Expense: It is a little more costly than other foods

3. Open Farms: New Zealand Venison Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

While this diet isn’t specifically for dogs with joint issues it is packed with nutrients like salmon oil, turmeric, flax seeds, and berries which are all great for the joints.

In addition, the protein source is venison and fish which means if your dog has an allergy to chicken or beef, which are the most common allergies, they should do well on this diet. To read more about chicken allergies read our latest post here.



Omega-3 fatty acids

Does not include chicken or beef


Not specific to joints

Does not include MSM, glucosamine & chondroitin or other joint protective supplements

4. Earthborn Holistic Large Breed Dry Dog

Earthborn holistic large breed dry dog food is also not created specifically for dogs with arthritis or other joint issues but we are including it because it is a source of glucosamine and chondroitin from chicken and whiting meal. As well as Yucca, which has been shown to help with arthritis in dogs, to read more about other compounds that are helpful to dogs with arthritis, we have an article here.


Has glucosamine and chondrotin




Includes chicken and whiting meal

5. The Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken & Oat

The Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Chicken and Oat Recipe include whole foods and antioxidants like chia seeds and turmeric. There are also probiotics and salmon oil as well.


Includes salmon oil


Whole foods


No glucosamine & chondroitin

Best Raw Dog Food For Arthritis in Dogs and Joint Health

Viva Raw Dog Food is made with mostly ethically raised meats that have no hormones or antibiotics. What we like most about the formulation is that it includes a lot of great ingredients for dogs with arthritis including green-lipped mussels, vitamin E, cod liver oil, wheatgrass, and kelp.