Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino sugar found in the body of living animals.
It is concentrated most in the cartilage and is believed to provide the building
blocks to synthesize new cartilage development. Cartilage is necessary in joints
to cushion and prevent bones from rubbing against each other.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin have been successfully used to treat osteoarthritis in
humans and dogs since the 1990s. The most common complaint treated is hip dysplasia,
a known hereditary disorder for many breeds of dogs.
Through normal wear and tear cartilage is being broken down and replaced by the body.
In an ageing dog or one suffering from hip dyspasia the body’s natural replacement
process is impaired and naturally occurring glucosamine is more difficult to extract.
Supplementing glucosamine in ageing dogs can significantly prolong an active life
by halting the degeneration of old cartilage and promoting new cartilage growth.
There are different types of glucosamine such as sulphate, HCL and 2KCL. Glucosamine
sulphate is generally used in human supplements, but Glucosamine HCL is recommended
for dogs as it appears to be more easily assimilated into a dog’s body. Glucosamine
2KCL is a less powerful derivative.
A glucosamine supplement can take different forms such as tablets, pellets / powder
and liquid options. The dosage strength can also vary and should be dependent on
the condition of the dog. Often other active ingredients form part of the supplement
and consideration should be given to the overall benefits a particular supplement
Glucosamine supplement products often produce significant results within 2-4 weeks
of taking them. There appear to be no recorded side effects for drug and it is widely
recommended by veterinarians throughout the world.
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