Don’t we all remember the day we got that little puppy into our lives? The playful little pup soon became our family. We care for our pet just as we would care for our children and the other members of our family. Our dogs are fed balanced diets and vaccinated. Then why is it that as they become old, they start developing various ailments, especially of the joints? We are often left with a feeling of helplessness because of their suffering. It is difficult to see them resigned to a corner where once they were the life of our homes.
Osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia in dogs is a growing concern among dog-owners. Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage at the ends of bones erodes and causes adjacent bones to rub against each other causing severe pain. It is mostly common among older dogs. Luckily, there is a supplement called ‘Glucosamine’ that can help prevent this ailment and also keeps your dog’s joints healthy.
Here are some commonly asked questions about this god sent supplement.
Why does my dog need Glucosamine supplements?
Glucosamine is actually a substance found in the cartilage surrounding the bones and is necessary for their good health. As a dog grows older his joints begin to deteriorate leading to arthritis like symptoms. Glucosamine is a proven cure for osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia among dogs. It is recommended as a daily supplement by veterinarians for all dogs of all ages.
What type of Glucosamine is recommended?
Glucosamine comes in two forms Glucosamine sulphate and Glucosamine HCl. Glucosamine HCl is generally present in the supplements. Dog food is often fortified with these supplements. Dog treats with Glucosamine are also a common way to administer the drug.
When and how should Glucosamine be started for your dog?
Visit your vet immediately if your dog shows any signs of arthritis such as limping or sudden inactivity. Arthritis causes a lot of discomfort to the dogs. Supplements should be given as per the dosage advised by the doctor. The supplements have been known to work really well in larger dogs.
What is Glucosamine Chondroitin?
Chondroitin is again a substance found in animal cartilage. It is a part of a chemical called Glycosaminoglycan or GAG. GAG acts as a lubricant and shock absorber present between joints. Glucosamine is often given along with Chondroitin for best results.
What are the side effects of Glucosamine supplements?
These supplements may cause side effects like gastrointestinal discomfort, allergies in case your dog is allergic to shellfish and in rare cases, blood -thinning. Supplements must be started only after consultation with your veterinarian.
For how long do I continue Glucosamine supplements for my dog?
These supplements help in bringing the previously deficient levels of Glucosamine back to normal. Hence they have to be continued throughout the lifetime of the dog.
Hopefully the information above helps your ailing dog. However, along with the supplement, it is necessary that your dog gets a balanced diet, appropriate amount of exercise and of course, lots of love!