Pets especially dogs suffer from arthritis and joint problems as they age, very similar to us humans. The stiffness and pain are often intolerable for the dog in the morning and the cold weather. There are a number of reasons for the onset of arthritis including old age, trauma and genetic disposition.

It is always heartbreaking to see your beloved pet dog slowing down and having a reduced quality of life due to age-related problems especially arthritis and associated bone-joint related issues.  Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound of glucose and glutamine (sugar and amino acid respectively) that helps In the rebuilding of the two crucial components of the joint structures namely the cartilage and the synovial fluid. Glucosamine supplements work like a miracle in arthritic dogs, to help alleviate the pain and problems arthritis can bring.

You might be wondering when should I give my dog glucosamine supplements or which ones are the best; you are at the right place. Let’s dive right into it!

The various choices for glucosamine supplements

The options are plenty when you are out shopping for glucosamine supplements, and these include kibble, oral, injections, and raw meat.

  • Various kibble brands now have added glucosamine in them, but the percentage is too low for it to have standalone results. It is essential to remember that on an average the requirement of glucosamine is 25 mg per pound body weight per day for an adult dog.
  • Chewable tablets, liquid preparations and powdered forms of glucosamine supplements are available over the counter, and you don’t need any prescription for it. Buying from a reputable brand and seller is always a good idea and do read the label carefully to know more about the percentage of glucosamine in the supplement.
  • Injectable forms are also available for example the Adequan is a popular choice and should be administered twice per week for a month.
  • Glucosamine is also available through raw meats. Many dog owners are shifting to the raw preparations for dog food. Raw meat is easier for the dog’s body to break down, metabolize and absorb. There are various choices if you are thinking about going raw including trachea, chicken feet, and beef knuckle, shellfish, bone broth, and mussels.
  • Additionally, you should also remember to choose glucosamine sulfate and not the hydrochloride variety as study reports have proved the former to be more effective.
  • Another option you have is to go for chondroitin which is a naturally occurring compound as well, and it helps repair worn-out cartilage.

You must have heard pet owners saying ‘I give my dog glucosamine supplements’ and you can do that too. However, before choosing a supplement, you should always consult a veterinarian. The vet will help with the identification of the arthritic symptoms and diagnose the exact cause and treatment according to the findings. A practitioner should also prescribe appropriate dosage levels and usage schedule. Make sure you choose the chewable, liquid or powdered supplement depending on which is easier to use with your pet dog.