Glucosamine Chondroiton for Dogs
- Found in living animals, glucosamine and chondroitin are collected from the shells of crustaceans and animal cartilage. Glucosamine is made from the chitin found in crustaceans, and helps dogs build new cartilage. Chondroitin is usually harvested from cow, shark and whale cartilage. It helps reduce destructive enzymes in the joints, so new cartilage can form. Together, glucosamine and chondroitin, work to rebuild damaged and worn cartilage between joints in dogs.
- Used primarily to treat osteoarthritis in dogs, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can also heal stomach ailments and skin wounds in dogs according to the Veterinary Department at Dr. Foster's and Smith. Older pets are often prescribed glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to ease the pain of damage to their knees, shoulders and other joints. Supplements may also be recommended by a veterinarian to dogs healing from joint surgery or a spinal disc injury.
Diagnosing a large breed dog with hip displaysia is often followed by a treatments of glucosamine and chondroitin. When the smooth cartilage between a dogs' joints is worn thin, bones rub together causing painful osteoarthritis. Taking supplements of glucosamine and chondroitin can ease the arthritic pain by promoting the growth of new cartilage.
- Limping, fatigue, difficulty climbing stairs and stiffness on cold days are common symptoms of joint pain in dogs. Effecting medium to large breed dogs more often, joint pain can be eased, and the level of mobility can be increased, with glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. Initial doses are usually given for eight weeks, with a maintenance dose continuing for the life of the dog. When the supplements are discontinued, deterioration of the cartilage in the joints will begin again.
- Purchasing glucosamine and chondroitin supplements is easy, and common. They are available at large pet stores, veterinary offices and health food stores. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are available as a combo pill, or individually. Dosing and administering instructions should be dictated by a veterinarian, even though the supplements can be purchased without a prescription.
- First made popular in Europe, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements have been successfully used to heal humans, cats, dogs and even horses. Very few side effects have been reported with the use of these supplements. However, vomiting and diarrhea can occur if the glucosamine and chondroitin are given to a dog on an empty stomach.