Dog Glucosamine Advantages And Disadvantages

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Glucosamine is needed in a dog’s diet to help prevent hip dysplasia and other joint problems. Glucosamine is also a natural substance found in your pet's body, with the highest concentration found in healthy cartilage. The glucosamine in your dog's body produces glycosaminoglycan, which is used to help form and repair body tissues such as cartilage. As your dog ages, the natural production of glucosamine in the body slows. As a result, the natural repair process in the body slows, eventually leading to joint pain and stiffness. The ongoing wear and tear on your dog's joints, combined with the slowed repair time of the cartilage, leads to the development of painful arthritis. The good news is that research has found that providing supplements …show more content…
One benefit of glucosamine has an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to reduce your dog's pain. This is probably the best benefit there is, side effects are very rare in giving your dog glucosamine. It also helps restore joint health naturally, increasing mobility. May reduce or eliminate the need for other medication, which have possible side effects and don't repair the joints, only reduce pain. There are also disadvantages of giving glucosamine chondroitin to dogs include, the cost of glucosamine chondroitin is somewhat pricey because of the length of time is must be given. Vomiting and Diarrhea are also a possible side effect of giving glucosamine. Once glucosamine chondroitin is given, it must be given for the dogs entire life span left, which can get pricey depending on the size of dog you have and how long you let it live. The dosage of giving glucosamine chondroitin to dogs varies depending on size. Dogs such as small toy breeds, which weigh up to ten pounds, should receive 300 milligrams each day. Dogs such as large toy breeds, which weigh over ten pounds up to thirty pounds, should receive 600 milligrams a …show more content…
Powder: may be spread over food (less time consuming). Capsule: May be given to a dog orally by gently pushing down throat (gentler on stomach in this form). Now glucosamine does not always work by itself, sometimes you need to add chondroitin to their medication to help the glucosamine more effective. Chondroitin is another natural substance found in your dog's cartilage and, when paired with glucosamine, has an even more beneficial effect on your dog's joints. MSM (methylsulphynolmethane) is a natural sulfur compound also thought to help improve joint flexibility and reduce pain and inflammation. It can take a few weeks to see the beneficial effect of a joint supplement. Typically, your dog will start on a "loading dose" for several weeks and then reduce to a lower "maintenance dose." Your dog can stay on a joint supplement for his or her entire life, and in fact you might find that your dog's signs of joint pain will recur within a few weeks of discontinuing the joint supplement. Some signs that your dog is benefiting after starting a joint supplement are more playfulness, less stiffness, more willingness to climb stairs, jump, or go on walks, and just an overall happier

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