Is glucosamine better for dogs with joint pain than drugs or prescriptions?
Glucosamine is a natural and safe alternative to arthritis and joint drugs for dogs. The truth is, drug and prescriptions all have contraindications and side effects. There may be consequences to the liver or kidneys with these arthritis drugs, but be sure to speak to your vet about it. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are natural and effective ways to treat your dog with long-term joint issues or arthritis.
Is liquid Glucosamine for Dogs better than glucosamine or hip and joint treats?
Liquid glucosamine for dogs are sometimes more desirable because the liquid is more readily absorbed by the dog in the body. Regenex for Dogs is an ideal formula as it contains natural ingredients and a light flavor that dogs love. The liquid formula contains key minerals for quick absorption and maximum delivery of key nutrients: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM. Hip and joint treats, or dog food with added glucosamine, only contain a fraction of the amount your dog needs if he is suffering from joint pain and inflammation.
Is it important for Dogs to have Chondroitin and MSM when taking Glucosamine?
Short answer: for best results, always provide chondroitin and MSM with Glucosamine for dogs.
Why?: With age, or injury, a dog's cartilage becomes drier and more fragile. Chondroitin for dogs attracts fluids toward the joints like a magnet! Since the dog cartilage has no blood supply, all the nutrients and lubrication must come from the fluid that flows around the dog's joint areas. This is where glucosamine comes in... Glucosamine is a major building block for joint nutrients. Glucosamine is the lubrication that chondroitin attracts to the dogs joint. When the dog has a regular supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin, the joints and cartilage are lubricated and allow for the dog's natural repair mechanisms to take command of the joints. MSM is a widely researched sulfate that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Dogs with regenerative joint disease, dogs arthritis, osteoarthritis, or injuries will benefit most from a supplement for dogs that contains all three ingredients: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM.
What are the side effects of Glucosamine with Dogs?
Dogs generally have very few side effects, and rarely severe side effects when they take any chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM. The safety of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are well suited and recommended for long-term use in all dogs, especially senior dogs or dogs that have previous injuries. There have been no reported adverse effects associated with dogs who take glucosamine or chondroitin supplements, however, many benefits are documented. There have been occasional reports of rather mild side effects which include nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion, stomach pain and heart burn.
Should I give my dog Glucosamine HCI or Glucosamine Sulfate?
Glucosamine HCl and glucosamine sulfate both work equally well in dogs, however, glucosamine sulfate has been proven more extensively over a period of time through study and research for its effectiveness. Regenex contains 5000mg of Glucosamine Sulfate. Because of the significant dosing amount of Glucosamine Sulfate, we feel that Regenex will be the most effective at repairing joints in dogs.
How long can my dog take a Glucosamine joint supplement?
Most dogs with joint and arthritis (osteoarthritis) need to be on the replacement therapy of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that cartilage degeneration will reoccur about four to six months after the product is discontinued. For younger dogs who are given glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM following joint surgery or injury, use may be discontinued after 3 months. We recommend lower doses of Glucosamine for dogs that are younger as a wellness program to help protect the joints and bones against osteoarthritis in later years.
How do I know which canine joint supplements are best for my dog?
Glucosamine in a pure form, or combined with chondroitin, can be purchased in health food stores, at veterinary clinics, and online. We recommend Regenex for Dogs by Nusentia for quality and value, especially as the formula was developed specifically for the needs of a dog, not a human. Not all dog joint supplements are created equal and it can be difficult to navigate all the brands online. We recommend that with whatever product you buy, compare the ingredients between products to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.
What is the proper dosage of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for dogs?
Please follow the table and instructions on the Glucosamine Chondroitin Dosage for Dogs page »