Glucosamine has become very popular in recent years for the abundance of health benefits. But what is glucosamine? Glucosamine is a crystalline compound that occurs widely in connective tissue especially as a component of chitin. It is found in cartilage and helps maintain the joints. Taking glucosamine is common for people who suffer from inflammation and osteoarthritis which is the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage. Watching anyone suffer from osteoarthritis can be painful, but it hurts more you’re your dog suffers from chronic joint disease. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in dogs and it affects approximately a quarter of the population.
Glucosamine is a natural substance that is found in your pet's body and the highest concentration of glucosamine is found in healthy cartilage. The glucosamine produces glycosaminoglycan that is used to help form and repair body tissues such as cartilage. When your dog ages, the natural product of glucosamine slows down which means that the repair process in the body also slows down and that leads to joint pain and stiffness. With ongoing wear and tear on your dog's joints, and with the slow repair time of the cartilage the development of painful arthritis happens. Good news though! Research has found that giving your dog supplements of glucosamine, it can help rebuild their cartilage which restores your dog's joint function and their activity levels!
Glucosamine supplements given to dogs have been known to alleviate pain and joint wear in hip dysplasia or other structural problems, aid in the treatment of spinal disc injury, ease recovery from joint surgery, keep performance dogs in peak condition. It is also said to alleviate the symptoms of joint damage by boosting the repair of damaged cartilage. Commercially producing glucosamine is derived from the shells of crabs, oysters, and shrimp or synthesized in laboratories from plant sources. Glucosamine may reduce or eliminate the need for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs while improving the lubrication in your dog’s joints.
Very few side effects have been observed in dogs that have consumed glucosamine but side effects could include allergies, fatigue, insomnia, and excessive thirst and urination.
Combining Glucosamine with other supplements makes it a super supplement against joint disease and osteoarthritis.