Glucosamine for dogs - restores mobility and happiness of life

The worrying news is that in the course of your dog's life you will have to deal with joint problems or even osteoarthritis in your pet. Either because your pet has a breed-related tendency or because he will suffer from it with increasing age. Arthrosis or arthritis is the fourth most common diagnosis in German veterinary practices. And anyone who has to witness how much their family member suffers from pain and stiffness of the joints is fully aware that they cannot simply accept this.

So the good news is that you can do something about it, and that doesn't mean giving painkillers, which unnecessarily stress the dog and have massive side effects. We are talking about the amino sugar glucosamine, which is contained between 3 and 12% in green-lipped mussels and serves as a building block for collagen. It can be successfully used as a food supplement in dogs.

We'll be happy to enlighten you in the following article.

Glucosamine tụt good for the dog

The use of a dietary supplement containing glucosamine can provide effective relief for existing symptoms: cartilage damage is repaired and symptoms can be alleviated.

Other advantages of glucosamine are:

  • Restoration of mobility and range of motion
  • Reducing the load on the joints due to hip dysplasia or structural changes
  • Support for the healing of intervertebral disc injuries
  • Facilitating recovery after joint surgery
  • Maintaining peak performance and healthy joints in younger dogs

The effect of glucosamine

If arthritis is present in the dog, the joints rub against each other without protection of the cartilage tissue. This leads to pain and inflammation in the animal's joint apparatus. Normally, the dog produces glucosamine naturally in the body and thus provides the necessary spongy padding between the joints. This production decreases with age at the latest.

This is where the food supplement comes in. The administration supports the animal's body and stimulates the production of the necessary cartilage tissue. Early studies (2007) have already proven the effectiveness. The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, for example, concluded in 16 clinical studies that glucosamine has a similar success as some prescription drugs.

The dosage of the food supplement

It is recommended as follows:

2-10 kg          ->        1 ml
10-20 kg        ->         2 ml 
ab 20 kg        ->        3 ml 

If you feel unsure, your vet will be happy to advise you.

With daily administration, progressive improvements should be seen promptly. However, as it is not a painkiller, it does not take effect immediately. The full effect of the food supplement is seen after about 2 - 6 weeks.

The side effects of glucosamine

They occur, if at all, in a mild form. For example, your best friend may have a tendency to increase thirst or urination, suffer from sleep disturbances and, in very rare cases, vomit. Keep a close eye on your dog in the first few days, also to see if he is allergic.


If your dog has joint problems, this is not a fate that you are helplessly at the mercy of. By giving your dog the right food supplement, you can give him back his joy of movement and quality of life. And we all know: if your dog is well, you are well, and vice versa.

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