The Best Glucosamine Supplements for Dogs

The Best Glucosamine Supplements for Dogs – For many years, veterinarians have pushed prescription drugs for dealing with joint pain in dogs and cats.  Most of these drugs were prescribed for the purpose of suppressing pain in animals.

Today more and more vets are prescribing natural supplements using glucosamine and chondroitin.  They are finding that these products are the safest and most effective way to treat osteoarthritis in our pets.  Osteoarthritis affects millions of dogs in this country. 

Although these ingredients have been available in the United States for many years, they have not been widely utilized.  Why?  These ingredients are natural nutraceuticals.  Pharmaceutical drug companies cannot make any money manufacturing products containing these ingredients.  That’s pretty pathetic.

There have been many studies conducted in Europe confirming the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin.  In addition to healing joint issues, they have been helpful in dealing with skin wounds and stomach problems.

Although beneficial for any joint pain, the most common use of these products is in dealing with hip dysplasia.  This is extremely common in larger dogs in later years.  But all dogs and cats may have joint issues as they age.

Here is the most important factor in using these natural products.  They actually help in the healing of joint disease.  They do not just deal with the pain issue.

I read a recent article that discusses the best glucosamine supplements for dogs.  It is entitled “Glucosamine for dogs: a safe supplement to treat canine arthritis.” It does a great job of laying out the issues.

Here is a quote from the article:

Typically, if your dog is middle aged or older and they start exhibiting symptoms such as whimpering, limping, refusing to climb stairs and they reduce their amount of play time, it is possible that they have canine arthritis. Glucosamine is an effective supplement treatment for dogs that are suffering with arthritis and joint pain. In addition to glucosamine supplements, low impact exercise, quality food and weight management will produce a drastic improvement in most dogs versus risking the side effects of prescribed drugs.

Glucosamine sulfate occurs naturally in the joints, cartilage and tendons of dogs and is also naturally found in many food products and treats. A dog’s body naturally synthesizes glucosamine from glucose and the natural production of this substance slows down or even stops with advanced age. Glucosamine supplements are not considered to be a pain reliever or medication; it is considered to be a nutritional dietary supplement. Glucosamine is a type of naturaceutical rather than a pharmaceutical and the FDA doesn’t strictly control the distribution as they do prescribed pet medications.

You can read the complete article here.

One of my dogs is a part German Shepherd.  She now lives with my son in Dallas.  She is now 10 years old.

A couple of years ago, she had some joint issues.  When she got up from lying down, it was obviously difficult for her.  She would whimper every time she got up.

We started giving her dog nutritional supplements for agility.  These natural supplements contained glucosamine and chondroitin.  Within a couple of weeks, she was not having any more problems with her joints and is very active. 

We also give these dog nutritional supplements to our smaller, younger dog.  Keep in mind that almost all dogs will suffer from joint issues as the age.  These supplements will prevent or will significantly delay this disease.

What are your thoughts on the best glucosamine supplements for dogs?  I thank you for your comments.

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