Ruby was the most active puppy on the block. She was always the fastest in the dog park and would literally fly through the air to catch a ball. But these days she has slowed down a bit. Ruby is 11 now and even though she acts like a puppy occasionally, she can’t jump to catch a ball anymore.
It’s difficult to watch our pets slow down and lose mobility. Through the natural process of aging dogs experience joint pain and stiffness, just like humans. Arthritis is a painful condition for animals as it is to humans. When cartilage decreases, bones start to rub against each other which is very painful, and while there is no cure for canine arthritis, some treatments can help with mobility and ease pain.
What is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage, and its in already in your dog’s body. Your dog produces it and its used to repair body tissue but as your pup ages, the production of it slows down. The natural repair process slows which leads to stiffness and joint pain. The great news is research has found that glucosamine supplements can help rebuild your dog's cartilage which will help restore activity levels.
Benefits of Glucosamine for Dogs:
- Restores joint health
- Naturally increases mobility
- Improves lubrication in dog's joints
- Eliminate the need for NSAIDS
How is Glucosamine Made?
Glucosamine is an amino sugar and improves the building blocks of cartilage. It is also used in conjunction with chondroitin, which also helps repair and stimulate cartilage. Chondroitin is made from cow or pig cartilage but also derived from the shells of seafood. The FDA regulates these supplements and they are evaluated for safety. It has been used for the last 30 years in veterinary practices in the United States and Europe.
According to a 2007 study in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, they found that glucosamine provided a “moderate level” of comfort for dogs with osteoarthritis. The study also suggested that it worked just as well as prescription drugs to manage pain.
How To Give Dog Glucosamine?
Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any supplement. They are available at any pet supply store or online source. Glucosamine comes in many forms; tablets, powders, pills or liquids. But our favorite by far is Vita Gravy. It does take a couple of weeks to build up in a dog’s system so give it a bit of time for your pup to start feeling great again.
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