Glucosamine for Dogs
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring compound made of a sugar (glucose) and an amino acid (glutamine). Glucosamine is well-known for promoting joint health.
Glucosamine can also help stimulate the body’s natural ability to repair the joints and connective tissue by helping to maintain synovial fluid (which lubricates your joints).
Due to the fact that glucosamine is a natural compound, it is referred to as a nutraceutical. In other words, you are able to purchase glucosamine for dogs without a prescription.
Chondroitin for Dogs
Chondroitin sulfate is a naturally occurring compound that is a key component of cartilage. Sometimes, it is paired up with glucosamine in supplement form (often as chewable tablets) as a means to protect the cartilage and promote overall joint health. When choosing a glucosamine supplement for dogs, you'll want to make sure it also contains chondroitin. More on that in a minute!
Where Does Glucosamine Come From?
Glucosamine supplements are typically extracted from crab, lobster, or shrimp shells. However, glucosamine is also found naturally in many raw meats.
Joint Stiffness in Dogs
In older dogs, you may notice your four-legged friend experience occasional joint stiffness from normal aging. Sometimes, stiffness can arise from normal daily exercise and activity.
In these instances, your pup might need joint support.
Best Glucosamine for Dogs
If you want to purchase the best glucosamine for dogs on the market, then Honest Paws has you covered (more on that in a second). But at the end of the day, regardless of whom you decide to purchase from, you will want to find glucosamine supplements that meet the following criteria.
First, it is important for dog owners to know that pet supplements (and pet treats for that matter) are not regulated as dog food is. For this reason, it is imperative that you purchase any and all supplements from reputable companies.
It is entirely possible that a product may be branded as a glucosamine supplement, yet only contain small amounts that will not be effective. Do your homework and always ask for a Certificate of Analysis whenever possible.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Additionally, it is important to purchase a joint supplement that not only contains the appropriate levels of glucosamine but one that also contains chondroitin sulfate. Chondroitin is a naturally occurring substance that aids to repair cartilage damage (due to its chondroprotective agents) and works hand in hand with glucosamine to promote healthy joints. You can purchase Chondroitin supplements on their own but they are most effective in conjunction with Glucosamine.
Which leads us to...
Where To Buy Glucosamine for Dogs
When it comes to the best Glucosamine for dogs, look no further than Honest Paws Mobility Chews. Active ingredients include Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, and organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD.
Like Glucosamine, CBD has the ability to support healthy bones and joints in your dog. Not to mention, these chews check all the boxes we just mentioned. Want to see a Certificate of Analysis? No problem. Glucosamine that also contains Chondroitin? You bet! Not to mention these chews are a fan favorite with our customers. Maybe we're just being biased but these yummy chews are way more fun for your dog to consume than a chewable tablet or liquid glucosamine for dogs.
Glucosamine Dosage for Dogs
It is a common misnomer that you find a "dosage" for Glucosamine. The truth is that the term "dosage" only applies to medication. Glucosamine is a supplement which means that we will talk about glucosamine dosage for dogs in terms of "proper amount".
If you want to ensure that you are giving your dog the proper amount of Glucosamine and CBD, all you have to do is weigh them! That's right. The proper amount is based on how big (or small) your dog is. Honest Paws makes it easy with the following formula:
5 - 25 lbs: 1 soft chew daily
26 - 50 lbs: 2 soft chews daily
50+ lbs: 3 soft chews daily
Soft chews per container: 30
Each soft chew contains 5 mg of CBD
Glucosamine Side Effects
Because glucosamine is a nutraceutical, the side effects are considered minimal and generally only limited to:
Vomiting and diarrhea
Allergic reactions (particularly shellfish allergies)
Excessive thirst and urination
With that being said, all dogs are different. It is important to always closely monitor your fur baby whenever introducing a new supplement into your dog’s diet, regardless of whether it is all natural.
Mobility vs. Relief CBD: Which One Should I Choose?
You probably already know that Honest Paws carries CBD products across four distinct lines: Calm, Mobility, Relief, and Wellness. There are instances when a dog’s unique situation may fall within the space of two different Honest Paws lines.
For example, a dog who’s experiencing joint stiffness from normal aging could benefit from our Mobility CBD, but a concerned pet parent might just as easily lean toward our Relief CBD to help with occasional discomfort.
What is the best thing to do in this situation? How do you decide which CBD line to opt for when both could support your dog’s health in their own unique ways?
Before we answer this question, let’s take a closer look at our Mobility and Relief lines.
There is definite overlap between Honest Paws Mobility and Honest Paws Relief. However, they were developed for two very different reasons.
The Honest Paws Mobility line, as the name suggests, supports your pet’s mobility. More specifically, it enhances your pet’s joint health so that they can move about more freely. This line is great for aging pets that are having a harder time getting around.
The Honest Paws Relief line, on the other hand, is more focused on relieving discomfort. For instance, if your pet recently had surgery or is perhaps recovering from an injury and cannot seem to get comfortable, this is a great option. The Relief line works by supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself so that your pet can stay healthy, happy, and comfortable!
Hopefully, this clarification is helpful in deciding which line is better suited for your dog’s current needs.
However, if you still find yourself pulled between both the Mobility and Relief lines, we recommend this simple solution: purchasing one product for each condition and using them together.
To help with your dog’s discomfort: you might opt for our Relief Bites. As previously mentioned, they contain organic turmeric, which can help maintain a normal inflammatory response in dogs.
To support your dog’s mobility: you might opt for our Mobility Soft Chews, which contain glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and Boswellia Serrata powder. With the help of these key ingredients, these chews support the healthy function of your dog’s joints and connective tissue while relieving occasional joint stiffness.
You would simply half the dose from each line when giving your dog their daily CBD.
For instance, a medium-sized dog that weighs between 25-50lbs should receive 10mg of CBD a day. Since each bite/chew contains 5mg of CBD, you can simply give your dog one Relief Bite and one Mobility Soft Chew each day to meet their daily requirement.
The great thing about this approach is that your dog can reap the benefits of various all-natural ingredients all working synergistically to support his health.
In this case, using the example of a medium-sized dog again, you would give your pup one bite or chew and then a quarter to half a dropper (0.25 - 0.50 mL) of your chosen oil.
Again, you’ll simply half the dose from each line to support your dog's needs.
Glucosamine for Dogs: The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, we know that you want the very best for your dog's health.
Glucosamine supplements for dogs are a proactive way to help support your dog's joints and help maintain joint mobility.
Furthermore, when paired with additional, all-natural supplements such as organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD oil, glucosamine can help to make a world of difference in your fur baby's life