Just like humans, many dogs suffer from arthritis, specifically as they age. This condition occurs especially when the cartilages (cushioning between bones) starts to thin and wear out allowing the ends of the bones to begin rubbing against each other. Arthritis is caused by diseases, trauma, wear and tear brought about by old age. While arthritis has no confirmed treatment, there are treatments that can reduce the pain and improve your dog’s mobility. Glucosamine is one such treatment. Read on to find how.
So, what is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a substance that occurs naturally in your dog’s body, especially in the cartilages. Its role is to produce glycosaminoglycan, which enhances the formation and repair of body tissues like the cartilages. Glucosamine is also a naturally occurring compound in the dog’s body, popularly known for its over-the-counter arthritis therapies. It is among the several, naturally occurring nutraceuticals known as chondroprotective agents which are used to treat arthritis in both humans and domestic animals such as dogs and horses among others.
As your dog gets old, the natural production of glucosamine slows down in its body which slows down tissue repair in the dog’s body. This eventually leads to pain in the joints of your dog and stiffness.
Why glucosamine is important in dogs.
Glucosamine is beneficial to your dog’s health in several ways. These include:
- Enhances the recovery of spinal disc injuries
- Helps in alleviating joint wear and pain in hip dysplasia cases.
- Helps to ease recovery from joint related surgeries and treatments
- Helps to keep the performance of your dog in a peak condition
- Glucosamine has anti-inflammatory effects which help to reduce the pain your dog might be undergoing
- Helps repair and restore the health of your dog’s joints thus increasing its mobility
- Improves the lubrication of your dog’s joints
Glucosamine, MSM (methylsulphynolmethane) and Chondroitin for your dog’s health
Like glucosamine, chondroitin also occurs naturally in the dog’s cartilages which when paired with glucosamine works even better on your dog’s joints. Similarly, MSM is a natural compound of sulphur that is believed to improve the flexibility of the dog’s joints and reduce pain and inflammation.
Signs that shows your dog is responding well to glucosamine
It may take a few days or even weeks to observe some changes of supplementation on your dog. However, once the supplements work, your dog will show the following signs:
- Being more playful, e.g climbing chairs
- Going out regularly
- Less stiffness
- General happiness
The side effects associated with glucosamine use are very few and with little impact on your dog’s body. These include:
Frequent thirst due to frequent urination. This occurs especially when you give your dog a high dosage
Generally, glucosamine is a safe supplement for your dog’s health. It will help your dog recover from joint pains and improve the quality of its life.