Not all products are metabolized in the same way, depending on the species. This is why it is very important to consult your veterinarian before giving a human treatment to your pet. It is the same principle with regard to the glucosamine. The animals require glucosamine HCL and chondroitin SULFATE and often these are not found in sufficient quantities in the products sold in human pharmacy. In addition, quantity and quality are not verified and may vary from company to company. It is therefore necessary to increase the dosage compared to humans by following the advice of your veterinarian or to obtain the glucosamine specially designed and calibrated for the animals.
Be aware that you will need to give a larger dose initially and then decrease to reach the maintenance dose, usually after 4 to 6 weeks. This product must be taken daily to be effective. Some petcompanies add natural anti-inflammatories like the devil's claw, which is convenient when the animal is experiencing pain.
Glucosamine can be given for several conditions, it is particularly useful as a preventative treatment for large breed dogs and aging animals. It is commonly used in treatment when a change in the joint is present, such as for example:
- Hip or elbow dysplasia
- Following joint or bone surgery
- Rupture of the cruciate ligaments
- Arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
- Osteoarthritis (cartilage degeneration usually due to wear and aging)
- Poor joint conformation
It helps reduce joint degeneration by:
- Increasing healing
- Stimulates the production of the synovial fluid (liquid present in the joints and helps in its functioning)
- Inhibiting cartilage degradation
The occasional side effects of taking glucosamine are loose stools and gases. There contraindicated for animals with diabetes. It is often combined with chondroitin because it increases its effectiveness. It is also possible to give Cartrophen injections that will complete the treatment.
Do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian so that he/she can advise you efficiently on this product.