Glucosamine supplements come in different forms such as pills, powders, flavored tablets, or liquids so you have plenty of different ingestion methods to choose from. You may even be able to get special diet food with glucosamine already added in it. Some dogs may not be able to handle glucosamine on an empty stomach, so you can try giving them their dosage with food.3
So how much glucosamine is considered safe for dogs? While there may be dosage instructions provided on the label, ask your vet what their recommended dosage is for your pup.
Because glucosamine is fast-acting and usually wears off in about 24 hours, your vet may recommend a daily dose. They may also start your dog on a higher dose and then decrease it to a maintenance dose after seeing how well it works for them.3 Depending on the reason your vet is recommending glucosamine supplementation, your dog may be put on it for a short period of time or long-term.3
The possible side effects for glucosamine supplements can be mild, usually appearing as digestive discomfort.3 Too much glucosamine may not be life-threatening, but it’s recommended to call your vet if you believe your dog has taken too much at once.
There haven’t been many studies on glucosamine, so there is limited information on any potential risks. At this point, it is not recommended for dogs that have asthma, bronchoconstriction, dogs that are pregnant or lactating, or dogs that need a low potassium diet.3 Dogs that are allergic to any of the ingredients in the supplement should typically find another option.
There are also some medications that may cause an adverse reaction when taken with glucosamine such as doxorubicin, heparin, antidiabetics, warfarin, and etoposide.3 It’s important to tell your vet all of the medications, supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies your pup is on to make sure they’re safe to take with glucosamine.
You and your vet can work together to choose the best glucosamine brand and dosage for your pup’s specific condition, but here are a few tips that can help:
- Try to avoid giving your dog human glucosamine supplements, as they may have ingredients in them that are toxic to dogs.
- Glucosamine supplements aren’t strictly monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) so find a brand that has been tested for quality and effectiveness.2
- Check the label to see if there are other ingredients or joint-supporting supplements (like chondroitin) mixed in that may benefit, or negatively impact, your dog.
- Choose a supplement form that’s easy or enjoyable for your dog to take, as they may be taking this supplement for a long period of time or as a permanent part of their daily routine.
You can get glucosamine supplements at pet supply stores, through your vet, or online. Cross-checking brands and shopping around can help you find the best price. Glucosamine supplements can cost anywhere from $10 – $100 depending on the brand, where you purchase it, the dosage, and other factors.
Joint problems can put a damper on your pup’s play time, work, and day-to-day life, but glucosamine supplementation may help. However, the cost of treating your dog’s joint problems or arthritis can add up — potentially putting some stress on your budget.
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