Can Glucosamine help your dog become mobile again?
Here is an article on pet arthritis and joint pain by Pet Corner -
Used with permission.
As your dog ages, its joints, ligaments, tendons and joint
fluids wear and "age" too. Depending on their level
of exercise and their diets, some dogs can remain very healthy
until their last days whilst others get very stiff and immobile
within a few years.
Unfortunately the main food for dogs is red meat, which is
high in uric acid. Uric acid is a main contributor to many
arthritic-type conditions. In a way, feeding your dog the
foods they love can be setting them up for mobility problems
later on in life!
Many dog owners are unaware that certain nutrients can greatly
help their dog’s health and joint management. Proven
agents like glucosamine can be very beneficial in maintaining
a dog’s joint health and ensuring that can remain mobile
and active. Glucosamine is found in cartilage and synovial
fluid. It is a normal constituent of your dog’s glycosaminoglycans.
Glycosaminoglycans form part of the ground substance of connective
tissue, which is found throughout your dog's body.
Several recent studies have shown that oral glucosamine is
absorbed and distributed to joint tissues and that it does
have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can be beneficial
in osteo-arthritic type conditions. Glucosamine as a supplement comes in many forms, including
glucosamine HCL and glucosamine . Glucosamine has been reported to offer pain reduction for dogs that suffer from arthritis,
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, disc degeneration, bursitis,
ankylosing spondylitis and tendinitis.
If you have a dog that is losing its mobility or is suffering
from joint pain, introducing a glucosamine supplement can
be of great benefit.
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Be sure to visit the Glucosamine Product Guide for a review of commercially available glucosamine products.