Dog Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM; Common Questions Answered
Dog glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM are great natural preventative measures to help keep your dogs joints healthy. They can be used to ease the pain in dogs who have arthritis and inflammation or hip dysplasia in dogs.
What is dog glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM?
Glucosamine is a natural compound found in connective tissues, along with other substances including Chondroitin. MSM is an organic sulfur found in plants, animals and humans. Glucosamine can be derived from the shells of shellfish or synthetically produced in a lab for supplements . Chondroitin can be derived from animal cartilage and can also be synthetically produced in a lab for supplements. MSM is derived from plants usually for supplements. Each of these substances have research showing the benefits in preventing the breakdown of cartilage. However, not all studies have shown the same beneficial results.
Are there any risks in my dog taking these joint supplements?
First off, you should make sure the supplements are lab grade glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM sourced from the U.S. Many products coming from China are harmful and contain dangerous chemicals and bacteria. It's better to pay more money for a product that works and for sure won't make your dog sick or worse.
There are very few observed side effects. Some potential side effects include:
Allergies - dogs that are allergic to shellfish since this is a source of these
Dogs with diabetes - do not use sugar based substances
Excessive thirst and urination - only in high doses
What is the recommended dose of dog glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM?
*These doses are guidelines and can be adjusted based on your dog's needs. If your dog has severe arthritis a larger dose may be appropriate. These doses are not approved nor regulated by the FDA, since they are not pharmaceutical drugs.
Average Glucosamine Dose
5-20 pounds: 250-500 mg
20-45 pounds: 500 mg
45-90 pounds: 1,000 mg
90 pounds or more: 1,500 mg
Average Chondroitin Dose
80 pounds or less: 900 mg
80pounds or more: 1,800mg
Average MSM Dose
Every 10 pounds: 50 to 100 mg
If your dog does not show signs of arthritis, joint stiffness, pain or is a puppy, you can still give your dog glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM. It's better to prevent future health problems, rather than to treat them. Please remember the most important thing to begin with is maintaining a healthy weight in your dog. This is usually the leading cause of issues to begin with, such as arthritis.
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