Glucosamine for Dogs...
• Glucosamine is produced by the body to create & support cartilage • Glucosamine can be given as a supplement for dogs with joint issues • Glucosamine studies have shown that it reduces pain & inflammation • Glucosamine dosage of 250-400 mg (per 40 lb. dog) can be effective • Glucosamine is commonly obtained from shellfish shells • Glucosamine can help avoid expensive surgeries & medications • Glucosamine can help dogs live longer by increasing activity levels
What Is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is an effective, natural supplement that promotes joint health in dogs. Just like people, dogs can experience joint problems, especially as they age. Some of these joint issues are degenerative, such as ligament tears and arthritis in dogs. Other issues are caused when a dog’s joints do not develop properly, such as hip dysplasia. Symptoms of dog joint issues include limping, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, and a decline in physical activity. Glucosamine has been shown to relieve these symptoms by restoring healthy joint function.
How Does Glucosamine Work?
Although glucosamine supplementation has been used successfully in Europe for two decades, it is only recently gaining popularity in North America. Glucosamine is produced naturally in a dog’s body to help produce cartilage and other critical joint tissue and fluid; however, dogs with degenerative or developmental joint issues often cannot produce enough glucosamine on their own. When supplemental glucosamine is added to a dog’s diet, cartilage production increases, thereby relieving the joint pain and inflammation.
Glucosamine Dosage & Scientific Study
Glucosamine dosage is dependent on the size of the dog and whether it is being used in combination with other supplements. For instance, glucosamine is perhaps most effective when combined with another natural joint supplement called chondroitin sulfate. In these cases, as little as 250-400 mg of glucosamine (per 40 lb. dog) is known to be effective. This dosage can be doubled or tripled for dogs with more severe joint issues with any unneeded glucosamine being safely excreted. There are numerous medical studies that have confirmed the joint health benefits of glucosamine, especially when combined with chondroitin.1
Glucosamine Sources & Side Effects
Glucosamine is commonly harvested from the chitin (shell) of shellfish. Dog allergies to shellfish are usually related to the flesh of the shellfish, not the shell, so even dogs with shellfish allergies typically do well on glucosamine. Glucosamine side effects are relatively rare and minor (e.g., diarrhea, gas, constipation), and giving glucosamine with food can alleviate these effects. There are positive side effects as well. The restoration of joint function enables the dogs to live more active, healthier lifestyles. Also, dogs on glucosamine regimens are often able to avoid surgeries and medications.
1Randomised double-blind, positive-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate for the treatment of dogs with osteoarthritis. McCarthy G1, O'Donovan J, Jones B, McAllister H, Seed M, Mooney C. , Vet J. 2007 Jul;174(1):54-61. Epub 2006 May 2.
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