Glucosamine & Chondroitin For Dogs: Top 5 Questions

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Glucosamine & Chondroitin For Dogs: Top 5 Questions

Large and giant breed dogs are especially prone to hip and joint problems.

Nutrition for large and giant breed dogs is one of the most significant factors for healthy bone development.

Large and giant breed dogs should be fed dog foods prepared to have the recommended levels of nutrients and energy to help them grow at an average rate.

glucosamine chondroitin for dogs

1. What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?

Glucosamine is a molecule composed of amino acids and sugars. It is produced in your dog’s cartilage. It helps cartilage perform two of its functions:

  • Lubrication
  • Shock absorption

Chondroitin is a carbohydrate produced in animal cartilage.

It keeps cartilage hydrated and healthy.

It also inhibits some of the enzymes in the joints that devastate and degrade cartilage.

Chondroitin and glucosamine are two supplements that improve joint health.

They are natural substances that help repair cartilage.

They can be found in high-quality proteins including chicken meal, chicken cartilage, fish meal and lamb meal.

 2. Why Use Glucosamine and Chondroitin Together?

Some dogs metabolize glucosamine faster than chondroitin, or vice versa.

Consequently for maximum benefits, it is best to use both elements.

Many supplements and dog foods you can buy supply both at once.

Dogs notice most obvious improvements when they take glucosamine and chondroitin together.

3. What’s The Correct Dosage?

It is hard to be very specific about the dosage.

Many veterinarians recommend approximately 500 mg of glucosamine and 400 mg of chondroitin per 25 pounds.

Dog foods should contain a total of 1500 mg/kg of glucosamine and chondroitin together to be efficient as a maintenance dose, and few dog foods contain this much.

In addition, there are no studies about absorption or whether glucosamine and chondroitin stay unbroken, or useful when processed into a dog food.

For these reasons, a supplementation is probably the best option for dogs that need actual arthritis treatment.

 4. Special Dog Food or Supplements?

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are often suggested following surgery or after the diagnosis of a variety of health issues.

These supplements are most useful as a preventative measure.

If your dog doesn’t have any specific bone or joint conditions at the present time, but you want to prevent such problems from occurring in the future, then you should switch to a dog food that includes glucosamine and/or chondroitin in it.

It’s usually a very low dose, so it might be a good primary step, as an alternative of giving larger doses of the glucosamine and chondroitin through supplements.

 5. What are the clinical signs presented by a dog with a joint disorder?

If your dog regularly presents the following signs, ask your vet if glucosamine and chondroitin supplements would be advantageous for your dog:

  • Is slow getting up after lying down
  • Licks joints
  • Looks sore while running or avoids running
  • Rejects to go up or down steps
  • Shuffles
  • Hesitates to jump or play

Joint cartilage weakening is most common in older dogs and in larger dogs, making older large breed dogs more susceptible.

As your dog ages, cartilage production sluggish, and new cartilage is not made fast enough to replace the cartilage.

Inflammation in the joints can speed up this process.

My advice is:

If your dog seems to be stiffly, or with difficulty, consult your veterinarian to see if supplements will help with his joints.

About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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