By now most of us know that Glucosamine is a healthy alternative to using prescription drugs for our arthritis (osteoarthritis). And, the same is true of dogs and other family pets. But what about Glucosamine Chondroitin and what are the benefits for dogs?
Nearly all family pets are going to experience some arthritis in their lifetime. It can happen as a result of an injury (secondary arthritis) or, it can happen as they age. Either way, as a pet owner you need to address this issue if you want a healthy and happy animal. Although this information applies to all animals, for this post we are only going to discuss dogs.
Your dog may have had an injury that resulted in secondary arthritis developing during the healing process. Certain diseases can also cause the development of arthritis as a byproduct of the body trying to combat the disease. Aging is the most common cause of arthritis in dogs and a proper diet and regular mobility are the only ways to curb the onset of arthritis.
Remember, arthritis is caused by the loss of protective cartilage that cushions your dog’s joints. If this is ignored, your pet can wind up with no cartilage in the affected joint and from that point forward it is “bone on bone” which means excruciating pain. The most cost-effective relief for arthritis in dogs is Glucosamine Chondroitin.
Glucosamine occurs naturally in humans, dogs, and other family pets. However, the production of this compound slows as you and your dog get older. Glucosamine naturally lubricates and protects the cartilage in joints. For decades, scientists have performed clinical studies to find the benefits of Glucosamine supplements to help those with arthritis problems.
Glucosamine clinical studies began in the 1970’s. Those studies indicate that damaged cartilage can be rehabilitated by giving your dog an appropriate dose of glucosamine daily. If the cartilage has already been destroyed (and no longer present), this is a permanent condition and no amount of Glucosamine will change that. On the other hand, if there is still articular cartilage present then glucosamine may assist in repairing that damage.
Clinical studies have also found that Glucosamine can assist in reducing the pain caused by damaged joints. By rehabilitating articular cartilage and lubricating the joints, glucosamine helps keep your dog’s bones from rubbing together, thus mitigating pain. Supplementing this naturally produced compound can be the closest to a natural remedy to your dog’s joint pain.
If glucosamine already helps reduce pain and rehabilitate damaged cartilage, why introduce chondroitin to a glucosamine product to help your dog? The reason is that clinical studies have found that chondroitin sulfate also rehabilitates damaged cartilage. Chondroitin is created using bovine (cow) or pig cartilage and commonly taken from the shells of crabs, shrimp, and oysters. It can also be manufactured in a laboratory. Combining chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine increases the chance for cartilage rehabilitation.
As a dog owner, you’re probably well aware of the trials of putting a pill or capsule into your dog’s mouth. It can be a real challenge to do that, so one company got inventive back in the year 2000.
Synflex® was the first liquid glucosamine product to enter into the marketplace and was widely a major success. Adding to the convenience of being a liquid, Synflex® is also a pharmaceutical-quality formula so results can be seen much faster. With a dog (or any other pet) all you have to do is put the appropriate dosage of liquid right on their food.
Synflex® liquid glucosamine chondroitin for dogs formula has a faster absorption and bioavailability rate than pills/capsules. It has been found that the liquid form absorption of glucosamine chondroitin is about 83%. Compare that with the roughly 17% absorption that is found using a pill or capsule form of glucosamine chondroitin. Pills or capsules have fillers and binders in them so that is likely the reason for the absorption differential.
There are not a lot of clinical studies regarding the use of glucosamine chondroitin for dogs and other family pets. One article appearing in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association did report some findings that are worth mentioning, however. Namely, in reviewing sixteen clinical trials of osteoarthritis in dogs they reported that products containing glucosamine offered pain relief to dogs.
Given that clinical studies also report that damaged cartilage is repaired using glucosamine, it is no wonder that veterinarians frequently recommend using these products for dogs. Many pets are not able to tolerate the adverse effects of NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). So, that opens a new door for effectively dealing with arthritis in dogs, and glucosamine chondroitin fills the bill.
For those who are skeptical about the ability of Glucosamine Chondroitin to handle their dog with arthritis, we might suggest a simple trial use of Synflex® Liquid Glucosamine for Dogs. The company offers both a tart apple flavor (Synflex® Original) and Synflex® for Pets Beef Flavor. The former product delivers 1,250 mg. of Glucosamine Chondroitin and the latter has 1500 mg.
Your choice may be bound to the severity of arthritis in your dog. In very advanced cases, Synflex® 1500 may be better choice. For dogs that have only a small amount of arthritis, either product would be appropriate. These products also work well for hip dysplasia and/or elbow dysplasia.