How do I select a quality supplement for my dog that contains glucosamine with chondroitin?

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Glucosamine provides the building blocks of cartilage, and chondroitin is necessary for its production. Glucosamine and chondroitin work better together than either ingredient alone; together, they can help repair, rehabilitate and soothe your dog’s joints.

Pharmaceutical grade glucosamine and chondroitin are used for human joint supplements and are found in some supplements for dogs. Joint supplements for dogs contain ascorbic acid to help in the uptake of the ingredients by the body. In addition, canine joint products are dosed properly for dogs and are often flavored to make them more palatable to pets.

They also come in granules that can be mixed with a dog’s food. When your pet’s pain relief and health is at stake, you need to be careful about the competing products and the marketing hype. There are six factors that you need to take into account before purchasing any glucosamine product for your dog. These are:

  • Type
  • Quality
  • Delivery method (pill or liquid)
  • Amount of glucosamine needed per day
  • Additional ingredients
  • Daily cost

The amount of glucosamine you will want to give your dog will depend on its condition. It’s important to compare price per day and not price per product, as many companies try to fool you by providing 60 capsules or 32 oz. without telling you that you must use 6 capsules or 2 oz. per day. If your dog is opposed to pill-taking, liquid may be a better choice.

Be sure the brand you choose is certified by an independent third-party company—not the manufacturer itself!

Many vets recommend doubling the dosage of Glucosamine for dogs the first 2-3 weeks to engage a more rapid healing process. This is fine, and may be very beneficial.

As for other ingredients, some work synergistically; for instance, a little MSN provides a natural painkiller. Your dog may, however, be allergic to other ingredients, so always read labels carefully and consult your vet if you have any concerns.

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