I have a few questions before anyone can really answer: Why are you putting your dog on glucosamine? What kind of dog is it? What kind of food do you feed? Was it recommended by your vet, if so, why? Where are you getting the glucosamine/is it human pills or doggie food supplament/pills?
My son has his golden on this for his hips, he gets 2 tablets a day. It goes by weight and you get this from your vet. Its to help with the tendons, he will eventually have to have hip surgery, but for now this is keeping him comfortable, surgery is the last resort.
Minnie is on it as well, as a preventative maintenance for her hips. Vet suggested it after the dysplasia scare. She get one tablet every night. Thinking about swtiching to Ester-C, though. Heard it may be better...
Are you using human glucosamine? If so, there are several glucosamine supplements made just for dogs that you can get through your vet. Human glucosamine has been shown not to be absorbed well by dogs, so I wouldn't waste my money. Also there are several brands of dog food out there that have been supplemented with glucosamine - it is not known how well dogs actually absorb this form of glucosamine, but it can't hurt..... so you might want to try that in addition to whatever your vet recommends.
I'm not sure what the dosage would be when my dog had to go on it for the arthritis in his spin. He also had to go on condrintien (sp). We tried the pilles, but he wouldn't take them so I just switched him to a dog food that had it in it. It was a lot easier then tring to make him take two pills the food had them both in it so he got fed and mediated at the same time and I didn't get bit twice. He seemed to do very well on it. He was fifteen when we started and he lived to two months short of nineteen. His arthritis didn't get any worse just the tumor in his stomache area grow and then his kidneys went out on him. If your vet's not even sure about the dosage then I would just switch to a food that has it in it. I personally would feel a lot safer then acadentally over dosing my dog.
luvapit to answer your q's-- Why are you putting your dog on glucosamine? - as a preventative measure. neither dog has any problems but the dal is getting old and my yorkie is very poorly bred and i know the breed is prone to knee problems. What kind of dog is it? - a 12 yr old dalmation and a 3yr old yorkie What kind of food do you feed? -wysong Was it recommended by your vet, if so, why? - i asked about it and she said it was a good idea Where are you getting the glucosamine/is it human pills or doggie food supplament/pills? - it is a syrup, it is from a pharmacy for people, i was unable to find one specifically for dogs.
A lot of pet foods nowadays are putting glucoasamine into the food. So check the lable to see if any is in the food. The best thing to do would to get glucosamine tablets for dogs because then it will say a wieght for how much needed. With the human stuff, all there really is is guessing. It definately goes with the wieght of you dogs. Are you able to find "Missing Link Plus"? That is a really good supplement, and it has glucosamine in it, it also says right on the package how much each dog would need.
Good morning. Glucosamine is a good idea to give to dogs as they get older, to help prevent joint problems. It actually helps to thicken the joint fluid in the joint, which helps cushion the shock in the joints, and makes your friend more comfortable. The idea of adding it to dog food is a good one, but the problem is that the dosage is not enough to really help. Anyone who has bought a bottle of quality Glucosamine knows that the price of food with an effective dose would be outrageous. Cosequin is one of the better dog brands out there. I would think about a different Vet if they didn't know something as simple as the dosage of glucosamine and didn't carry any quality product to help your dog.