Does Glucosamine really work for Dogs?



As you must already be aware, glucosamine is a go-to supplement for several species, including humans when it comes to the health of their joints. But, when it comes to dogs specifically, do they actually work?

If yes, it is very important to know which is the best glucosamine for dogs!

We have always heard from fellow dog owners and dog lovers, that as and when our dogs grow older, we are supposed to take special care of their diet. During this stage, they have additional requirements of certain nutrients, while some food intake needs to be suppressed. 

Before we uncover some details, here’s a trivia for the curious dog owners, who wonder what glucosamine is made of… Glucosamine is collected from the hard chitin crustacean shells.

Now, coming to the big question – Yes! Glucosamine is beneficial for bone and joint health of dogs.

It helps them combat osteoarthritis in a way better way.

Glucosamine is primarily responsible in preserving the cartilage – the tough and flexible coating on bones which helps the bones from wearing out with time, especially at the joints. When your dog is young, he/she is self-sufficient, as their body is capable of producing adequate glucosamine. But, with time and age, their body’s natural supply gets scarce and might even dry out.  That’s when artificial glucosamine supplements come into picture. If the bodies amino sugar (present in glucosamine) requirements continue to be met, then the life of the cartilage is prolonged, which in turn keeps protecting the joints of the dog, maintaining easy mobility for him.

Now, talking about the one that is best for your dogs, the primary factor to consider is your dog’s size…

The concentration of glucosamine required, and thus the variety which offers the required dosage varies from one dog to another, based on their size.

First and foremost, you have to thoroughly go through the guidelines provided by the manufacturer before zeroing in on any specific glucosamine, especially their conditions related to the weights of dogs.

Post this initial research when you start adding these supplements to your dog’s meals, expect to witness some mild side effects, especially during the initial days. Normally for most dogs, these side effects stay limited to a little stomach upset.

But, it is important to know that like every human, every dog is different as well. Thus, they might have some specific health needs or conditions unique to them. So if you notice larger effects on your dog’s health or activities post the glucosamine intake, you should immediately get him examined by a vet.

And as they say, too much of anything isn’t good, so is it with glucosamine. If you think that over consumption of the nutrient would make your dog stronger sooner, you are absolutely wrong. In fact, it is the contrary. A glucosamine overdose might cause adverse effects on your dog leading to a great amount of suffering for him. So, to be absolutely sure about the perfect dosage for your pet, depending on his specific body conditions, it is advisable to take recommendations from a vet.

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