Glucosamine is an amino acid which means it is a compound that is found naturally in the body and in foods. It is a predecessor in the synthesis of certain proteins and lipids.
Glucosamine is a compound found in cartilage and synovial fluid (the fluid inside joints). It’s a normal component of cellular structure of connecting tissues.
It is reported to be an excellent supplement because of its usefulness of relieving pain connected with the aging of joints and ligaments and is used for both people and animals. Glucosamine can be found in the shells of shellfish, animal bones and bone marrow.
If you are thinking of adding Glucosamine to your dog’s diet, please look for supplements containing high grade sources of Glucosamine. Glucosamine is also present in certain categories of fungi, such as Aspergillus Niger and this source is commonly used as a dog food supplement and known as dog Glucosamine.
As dogs grow old, their joints, ligaments, tendons and joint liquids wear and age too. Depending on their level of exercise and their diets, some dogs can remain healthy and active well into their senior years.
Unfortunately however, many dogs get experience stiffness and joint pain, particularly in the back or hip area within five or six years.
Some dog owners recommend supplementing Glucosamine when their dogs are puppies to help prevent this. There are no medical studies that I have found to support this and the supplement is expensive to use in quantities over a long period. There do not seem to be any health issues related to prolonged feeding of it, however allergies to shellfish need to be taken into account. Ensure you consult your own veterinarian if you plan to use Glucosamine as a supplement for prevention, rather than for treatment so that they can keep an eye on your dog with you and have this in mind any time your dog is ill.
Whilst side effects are truly rare, the few that are reported are:
Many people prefer to try ‘natural’ products both as supplements to their dogs diets and as treatments for ailments. It is true that dog nutrition supplements have the facility to improve their dog’s quality of life. It’s been medically proven that agents like Glucosamine can be favorable in maintaining a dogs joint health as well as ensuring that they remain mobile and active all though their life. . Glucosamine’s is reported to help the condition of a dog’s joints is boosted by its anti inflammatory properties, meaning it can be beneficial in osteo-arthritic type symptoms.
Glucosamine has been reported to help prevent and treat conditions such as:
- osseous rheumatism,
- disc degeneration,
- ankylosing spondylitis,
- cartilage, tendons, ligaments repair,
- skin wound-healing and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- inflamed discs,
- sciatic nerve and inflamed joints-conditions that are usually connected with aging.
The supplement comes in several forms, including liquids and powders.
Do talk to your veterinarian for assistance in choosing the right Glucosamine product and dosage for your dog.