Glucosamine is a natural supplement that can be given to dogs with arthritis symptoms or to older dogs as a preventative support.
If you are starting to feel a little stiff in your joints, you may consider using glucosamine supplements on a daily basis. It works wonder!
Glucosamine works wonder on dog arthritis as well.
But what exactly is "Glucosamine"?
Glucosamine is a precursor for glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) and a major component of joint cartilage. It is a naturally occuring substance produced in an animal's body and is composed of a sugar and an amino acid. Glucosamine is contained in joint cartilage. It is essential for producing healthy cartilage tissue and a key ingredient in cartilage metabolism. Its function is to maintain and regenerate healthy cartilage in joints.
As our dogs (and we) age, however, the production of glucosamine slows down. This, coupled with the normal wear and tear on the dogs' joints, results in degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis.
It makes perfect sense, therefore, that as our dogs start to age (around 7 years old), we should feed them glucosamine supplements as one of the various preventive measures against arthritis.
Glucosamine supplements help to improve joint health by supplementing the nourishment of the cartilage with more glucosamine than the body produces itself. Supplementation therefore can slow down and even stop cartilage loss in the joints due to injuries, degenerative joint diseases, or simply overuse.
Several recent studies on dog arthritis have shown that, when taken orally, glucosamine is absorbed and distributed to joint tissues and that it does have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it helps in cases of degenerative joint diseases like osteoarthritis.
It has also been shown that supplementation of a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin is most effective against arthritis, both in dogs and humans. (Chondroitin, also known as chondroitin sulfate, is a naturally occurring compound found in cartilage. It also promotes healthy joints by neutralizing the effects of destructive enzymes, increasing water retention, and enhancing the elastic properties of cartilage.)
Remember that, once started, dog arthritis is a permanent condition. Therefore, supplementation of glucosamine and chondroitin should not be stopped; otherwise, the arthritis dog joint will revert back to its degenerative condition.
Glucosamine is generally safe for use in dogs, with the following exceptions: