Are liquid formulas of Dog Chondroitin better than other types?
Liquid formulas of dog chondroitin glucosamine are sometimes more desirable because the liquid is more readily absorbed by the dog in the body. We recommend Regenex for Dogs, it is an ideal formula as it contains natural ingredients and a light flavor that dogs love. The liquid formula contains key minerals for quick absorption and maximum delivery of key nutrients: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM.
Is it important to to combine Chondroitin with Glucosamine and MSM for Dogs?
Short answer: for best results, always use dog chondroitin with glucosamine and MSM.
Why?: With age, or injury, a dog's cartilage becomes drier and more fragile. Chondroitin for dogs attracts fluids toward the joints like a magnet! Since the dog cartilage has no blood supply, all the nutrients and lubrication must come from the fluid that flows around the dog's joint areas. This is where glucosamine comes in... Glucosamine is a major building block for joint nutrients. Glucosamine is the lubrication that chondroitin attracts to the dog joint. When the dog has a regular supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin, the joints and cartilage are lubricated and allow for the dog's natural repair mechanisms to take command of the joints. MSM is a widely researched sulfate that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Dog's with regenerative joint disease, arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint injury will benefit most from a supplement that contains all three ingredients: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM.
Are there side effects for Dog Chondroitin, Glucosamine, and MSM?
Dogs generally have very few side effects, and rarely severe side effects when they take chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM. The safety of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are well suited and recommended for long-term use. There have been no reported adverse effects associated with dogs who take glucosamine or chondroitin supplements. There have been occasional reports of rather mild side effects which include nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion, stomach pain and heart burn.
I took my dog to the vet for joint problems, why didn't my vet recommend glucosamine and chondroitin for my dog?
In the world of medicine, and veterinary medicine, the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs is only recently getting recognition. Additionally, most vets get their information about dog health through major pharmaceutical companies. Because pharmaceutical companies cannot patent glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for dogs, there may be little incentive for them to draw attention to the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs.
Which is better, Glucosamine HCI? or Glucosamine Sulfate?
Glucosamine HCl and glucosamine sulfate both work equally well in dogs, however, glucosamine sulfate is more proven over a period of time through study and research for effectiveness. Regenex contains 1500mg of Glucosamine Sulfate. Significant dosing of Glucosamine Sulfate is the most effective at repairing joints in dogs.
How long can I continue to supplement my dog on Glucosamine and Chondroitin?
Most dogs with joint and arthritis (osteoarthritis) need to be on the replacement therapy of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that cartilage degeneration will reoccur about four to six months after the product is discontinued. For younger dogs who are given glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM following joint surgery or injury, use may be discontinued after 3 months. We recommend a multivitamin for dogs with a small dose of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM (such as found in Spectrin for Dogs) for younger dogs as a wellness program to help protect the joints and bones against osteoarthritis in later years.
How do I know which Dog Chondroitin Glucosamine MSM supplement is best for my dog?
Glucosamine in a pure form, or combined with chondroitin, can be purchased in health food stores, at veterinary clinics, and online. We recommend Regenex by Nusentia for quality and value, especially as the formula was developed specifically for the needs of a dog, not a human. Not all dog glucosamine and chondroitin products are created equal. We recommend that with whatever product you buy, compare the ingredients between products to ensure that you are getting what you pay for. Some other popular brand names for for canines include Drs. Foster and Smith's Joint Care, and Cosequin.
What is the proper dosage of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for dogs?
Please follow the table and instructions on the Glucosamine Chondroitin Dosage for Dogs page »