What Is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a mineral which occurs naturally in the fluid around the joints in animal bones, bone marrow, shellfish, and fungi. It plays a vital role in building cartilage, and many people take it as a supplement to treat arthritis and osteoarthritis. One could say it is that lubricating fluid which keeps the joints movement smooth and painless.
How Safe Is Glucosamine For Dogs?
Glucosamine is quite safe for your dog once it is administered in the correct dosage recommended by a licensed veterinarian.
Chondroitin is natural substance found in your dog's cartilage and, when paired with glucosamine, has an even more beneficial effect on your dog's joints. MSM (methylsulphynolmethane) is a natural sulphur compound also thought to help improve joint flexibility and reduce pain and inflammation. Glycosaminoglycans help relieve symptoms of arthritis in a high percentage of patients. Hopefully, with the use of the GAGs, pain medications can be minimized. Dogs and Cats: Typical doses start at approximately 500 mg glucosamine and 400 mg chondroitin per 25 pounds divided every 12 hours.
Is It Safe To Give Dogs Glucosamine for Humans?
I would not recommended it, Glucosamine is an amino sugar and should be the same regardless if it's in a human or dog supplement. However, human supplements can contain ingredients that may be unsafe for your dog. Some ingredients that humans use daily can be fatal to dogs. It is simple, if you plan to give your dog this mineral, seek assistance for your vet. Always play it safe when introducing anything new in your dog's system.