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Should I Be Giving My Dog Glucosamine Supplements?

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Many people, especially those suffering from arthritis, have been taking glucosamine these days to help soothe their aching joints or prevent the disease. Because glucosamine works well with humans, a lot of dog owners have been wondering if administering the same compound can help their arthritic dogs as well.

Effects of Glucosamine in Dogs

Glucosamine is basically a compound that is naturally found in the healthy cartilage and the synovial fluid in the body. It has been found to be essential when it comes to maintaining healthy gristles in the bone, and even more so when it comes to repairing damages in it. In dogs, glucosamine is often used as an efficient food supplement that is utilized in treating arthritis and hip dysplasia. You have to understand that your pet’s joints and ligaments are prone to old age deterioration; leading to pain and problems with mobility. As a result, your pooch becomes less active, thereby, causing another health issue due to inadequate exercise.

Glucosamine for dogs is basically administered as a dietary supplement, and it appears that dogs, especially the bigger ones, tend to respond well to it. As a matter of fact, this supplement can be very beneficial to your pooch’s overall health; saving you from lots of distress as a dog parent. Because dogs experiencing arthritis are usually in so much pain, glucosamine can now be successfully utilized to give them relief from the discomfort at the same time make them feel a whole lot better. So if you’re not sure if you really need to give Fido glucosamine, then stop being hesitant. Talk to your vet and let your pooch keep on enjoying life even at his old age by giving him this supplement.

Giving Glucosamine

Once you spot any signs of arthritis in your pooch, you need to talk to your vet immediately about how you can help him get relief from all the discomfort brought about by the disease, and if glucosamine supplements could work for him. There are lots of glucosamine products for dogs that are available in the market in the form of treats, pills and liquids. Just see to it that you pick the best by considering your pooch’s breed as well as his specific needs. Before giving Fido glucosamine, ensure that you consulted your vet and he has given you his “go” signal. In addition, there are times that glucosamine is better given to dogs as a preventive measure. Remember that it’s always better to keep your pooch healthy and active than waiting for him to actually suffer from any joint problem.

Finally, while it may be true that glucosamine can greatly help your ailing pooch, it is crucial that you do not rely merely on this compound and other dietary supplements. Healthy diet, sufficient exercise, and lots of TLC will always be your best weapon against the disease.

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  1. Avatar Of Stewart stewart says:

    I have an ageing Labrador that really struggles to keep up with her daughter (we’ve had a few litters over the years, and kept one of them) Her name is Sadie and she is a lovely dog. Giving her glucosamine was one of the best decisions we’ve made.

  2. Avatar Of Kimberly Kimberly says:

    My dog is suffering quite some time because of aching joints. I have tried almost everything right now. Maybe these medicaments need more time to start working. I hope so.

  3. Avatar Of Micky Reese

    Micky Reese


    I had a pug, Buggie, a really great dog that as she got older, we gave her glucosamine. We used to buy marvelousproducts.com/osteo-pet-glucosamine-soft-chews-for-dogs-200-ct.html. It did well for her, but it seems they have trouble keeping it in stock. We switched to the tablet form which is less expensive for my pit bull who needs it now. My wife and I saw a marked improvement in both dogs. We have to give more of it to the pit bull though, as he is much larger.

  4. Avatar Of Donna Donna says:

    I have to say that I was sceptical about giving my dog glucosamine, especially after the vet explained the injury to me in layman basketball ACL injury terms. That said, I put my dog Bones on it and waited the 60 day period and it seemed to help him. Now, I am not sure if it is real or placebo, but if it is helping him in any way I am fine paying for it, for that peace of mind

  5. Glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate, fish oil(omega 3) do not work in people nor do they work in dogs your are all wasting your money! I just spent 3 days over 30 hours researching this stuff! It’s all bullshit! The chemical companies are stealing us blind and playing on our emotional chords!




    • Avatar Of Joe



      What a waste of 30 hours. Especially since you misinterpreted (or just did not understand ) the written clinical results from these trials. ( I would never be foolish enough to list something from Wikipedia as evidence, by the way.). Your comment was incorrect and inappropriate.

    • Avatar Of Cam



      Thanks! You helped confirm my suspicions.

  6. I have 2 dogs on Glucosemine for a while worked great still works for my small Pom – but my Rottis having issues with it. As with anything their is side effects and with Glucosemine it can affect some animals livers as well as peoples when taking it. It is a great product but be aware of the side effects as with everything.

  7. Avatar Of Bill R Bill R says:

    My oldest dog Lily started to limp around a bit, not a lot but some every once in a while. I went to the vet and he recommended that I check into a glucosamine supplement. He had recommended some at his office but it was pretty expensive. What’s a good brand I can get that won’t cost an arm and a leg?

  8. Avatar Of Sophie



    Iv read a lot about glucosamine and I know that its really helpful for dogs. My cousin’s dog is having some issues with moving around as he previously did and we suspect that he has some joint issues. We hadn’t used glucosamine till now but I did some research on this on this site amazon.com/dp/B00DBAOZV6/ie=UTF8?m=ADE61CS5ZCK11&keywords=&tag=cfx01-20 and I came across this blog as well so I got convinced that we should go for it. Now my cousin luckily found it at the drug store near us and thats doing great. We love to see our dog play around again.

  9. Avatar Of Michael Walkowski

    Michael Walkowski


    I administered, with great success, to my One year old Dalmatian AND myself! The supplement is Cetyl Myristoleate from Dr. Diehl’s website: cetylmyristoleate.com
    My Dalmatian is now 13.5 years old and we are both doing well! Glucosamine and Chondroitin and especially Rimadyl was a nightmare!
    Not every dog is alike. My dog has a very sensitive stomach and we have been constantly tweaking his feeding schedule to allow for a balanced life.

  10. Avatar Of Jenny Judge

    Jenny Judge


    My dogs, 2 greyhounds, 1 golden retriever cross & an elderly tibetan terrier (all rescues) have Forever Freedom in their food, an excellent aloe vera drinking gel with added glucosamine, chondroitin and msm and it really has made such a difference to their mobility… and as a most welcome extra has reduced any “wind” problems too!!

  11. Avatar Of C A Lee

    C A Lee


    Glucosamine has made a huge difference in our 8-year old Collie. On some cold evenings he was unable to get up on his hind legs; the vet diagnosed him with arthritis in his hips. He has received a daily tablet for 6 weeks, and now he runs, jumps on the bed, and easily finished a 3-mile walk/run a few days ago. I was skeptical, but now I’m so grateful to see his pain lessened and his mobility restored. What a blessing!

    • Avatar Of Liz Castro

      Liz Castro


      HI my Labrador start having pain on her back paws. I would like to know what is the name of the Glucosamine please and t and the dose. Please and Thank you so much.Liz

      • Avatar Of Kathy Carlson

        Kathy Carlson


        My little girl, Molly, is taking Dasuquin (a chondroitin glucosamine supplement) tablet
        (for 60+ lbs) that we get from our vet. She is colly/australian shepherd mix and only 7-1/2 years old, but has been VERY VERY active her whole life. She started getting up slow and not wanting to jump on the couch or bed or her favorite chair…slowly but surely she seems to be doing better and jumps up on everything again, but still slow when she’s been laying on the floor for some time. Hope this helps somebody in 2015!

      • Avatar Of Kathy Carlson

        Kathy Carlson


        My little girl, Molly, is taking Dasequin (a chondroitin glucosamine) tablet f(for 50-70 lbs) that we get from our vet. She is colly/australian shepherd mix and only 7-1/2 years old, but has been VERY VERY active her whole life. She started getting up slow and not wanting to jump on the couch or bed or her favorite chair…slowly but surely she seems to be doing better and jumps up on everything again, but still slow when she’s been laying on the floor for some time. Hope this helps!

  12. Avatar Of Carlo Succi Carlo Succi says:

    Dog foods alone cannot deliver optimum nutrition. Vetraceuticals has this unique supplement in a powder form that you spinkle over the dog or cat food. It provides powerful antioxidants, live enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, phytonutrients and micronutrients that help build dogs’ strength and immunity to help counteract disease and premature aging. Wonderful testimonies of dogs finding relief from arthritis, allergies, itching/scratching and much more.

  13. Avatar Of Sue



    Glucosamine works wonders for my 12 year old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. (And for me for that matter.) However, for my recently deceased Golden Retriever, she was found to be one of the rare dogs who was allergic to Glucosamine and related compounds. Her tongue would turn black and she would stop eating. None of the vets who interacted with her recognized this allergy. She had to be removed from all of her meds and slowly put back on them one by one to discover this.

  14. Avatar Of Haley



    I have a couple older labs and I’ve been giving them InflamAway HA, which has glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and HA – I sure do see a difference in how they are moving – they are both so much better now! I’m a fan 🙂

  15. Avatar Of Manyu Manyu says:

    My dog Rasta (6yr old Boxer) developed pain in his left rear knee and the vet recommended putting him on glucosamine cuz he thought he had a torn acl. ALthough the glucosamine took about a month to work, he is now much better. Doesnt limp about as much and isnt as stiff.

    Definitely worth it for me.

  16. I have one that takes it every morning and it has made a world of difference in his ability to get around.

  17. Avatar Of Joy Rowe

    Joy Rowe


    Anything you can do to make your family pet more comfotable is good advice. Talk to your vet first.

  18. Avatar Of Dan Dan says:

    I’ve been giving my dog OPC formula with Glucosamine. It really helps my dog join and bones. Great dog supplement give my dog a lot of energy because it has antioxidant. It is in powder and very convenient. Just put it on the dog food and my dog love it.

  19. I’ve got a rat terrier with severe bag issues. Not even sure how he got them. But for a long time he has pain in the lower back. I’ve recently got him on some glucosmine and other supplements/foods…even his senior dog food has some glucosomine. Thanks for confirming that this can help a pooch. So far I’ve seen some improvement. I notice when I stop giving him the glucosmine his back acts up again. It’s a daily thing we have to watch with him.

  20. Both my German Shepherds, ages 5 & 8, have hip dysplasia & they both get a combo glucosomine/condrointon pill twice a day. They are both pretty active, considering their hip problems & I think the combo really works for them.

    • Avatar Of Wendy Jenkins

      Wendy Jenkins


      I agree with the glucosamine helping dogs, but have read that condrointon is suspected of causing cancer in humans so I don’t take the risk of giving to my elderly dogs.

  21. Avatar Of Cheri Fettes

    Cheri Fettes


    When my old beagle could no longer jump up on the bed, I started giving him a small portion of glucosemine dissolved in water, sprinkled on his food. He is now able to jump on the bed, run around with the younger puppy, play and be happy. He’s also lost a bit of weight because he can run around now.

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