How does glucosamine with chondroitin supplement work to aid in joint support?

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There are many different joints that can be affected by osteoarthritis in cats.
These conditions affect the normal wear on the smooth cartilage protecting the bony surface of the joint. When cartilage wears away, there is a bone to bone contact, which creates the pain seen with arthritis.
Glucosamine and chondroitin can also be used to treat spinal disc injuries or post operatively in cats who have undergone joint surgery.
Glucosamine and chondroitin really work best when used together—but, first, you do need to understand how each one works separately.
Glucosamine is a substance that is found naturally in the body and it’s already in your joints, but production slows with age. Natural glucosamine is made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues. It makes and repairs joint cartilage and is even thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Chondroitin is an element of the connective tissues that are found in cartilage and bone. For supplements, it’s usually called chondroitin sulfate, and that is derived from bovine (cow) or pork by-products. What that does is enhance the shock-absorbing characteristics of collagen and block the enzymes that break down cartilage. It may even help retain water in the cartilage and, when combined with glucosamine, it may even prevent cartilage loss.

In normal, healthy animals, the body is able to synthesize enough glucosamine to keep the existing cartilage healthy, but when the animal ages or there is damage to joint cartilage, it cannot produce enough to keep up with the body’s needs. A glucosamine supplement can augment the body’s supply of glucosamine.

Consult your veterinarian before giving your cat this or any other supplement.

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