Arthritis is one of the most common type of dog illnesses. Usually, aged dogs suffer from arthritis. Natural deterioration of joints during the process of aging affects the flexibility of joints. For the owner, it is a heart-breaking situation to observe his/her beloved pet, limping and moaning due to pain. Young dogs may also get affected by arthritis after serious injuries or accidents. Dog owners should be aware of the symptoms and treatment of arthritis in dogs.
How to Determine Glucosamine Dosage for Dogs
The accurate combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, prescribed by the vet, can be a miraculous arthritis medicine for dogs. Normal glucosamine sulfate dose is 20 mg/lb of body weight or one 500 mg tablet per 25 pounds of body weight. But the dose may vary according to the severity of the condition. You can mix it in dog food and can thus easily feed it. Dogs weighing less than 25 lbs can be given one tablet of 500 mg. Dogs weighing 25-50 lbs may be given 2 tablets per day; while dogs weighing 51-75 lbs are given 3 tablets per day. For a dog weighing above 75 lbs, four tablets can be prescribed. Initially, the dog may be given a larger dose and then the dose might be reduced as the condition improves.
The three common types of glucosamine available in the market are glucosamine sulfate, HCl or 2KCl. Make sure to check the ingredients of the product and purchase the superior quality one. You should compare the 'price per day' by calculating the dosage required and the quantity provided by the manufacturer. The 2KCL and NaCl forms of Glucosamine are found in low-cost discount stores but you should never opt for such low quality drugs.
The ingredients of the tablets may vary according to the brands, but tablets containing Glucosamine Hydrochloride (500 mg) and Chondroitin Sulfate (400 mg) are considered as the best. The tablets are usually fortified with other minerals and vitamins (especially vitamin C).
Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs
You should monitor following symptoms, in case you find certain changes in the behavior of your dog:
- Difficulty in sitting or standing up
- Loss of appetite
- Unwillingness to go for walks or walking with a stiff gait
- Constant licking of the joints
- Resistance to touch
- Swollen and hot joints
Glucosamine for Dog Arthritis
Glucosamine works great for dog arthritis. It is available in various forms, for example, chewable pills, powder, liquid, tablets of different strength, etc.
- It helps repair and renew the worn and damaged cartilage by providing the matrix that is useful in the process of regeneration.
- Glucosamine supplement combined with chondroitin sulfate can be the best supplement for dogs diagnosed with arthritis. It helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis and hip dysplasia.
- Glucosamine chondroitin for dogs is available in various flavors. It could be a bacon flavored treat for the pet. No major side effects of these supplements have been yet noticed. Glucosamine promotes the repairing process of the damaged cartilage while chondroitin blocks the flow of enzymes, which destroy the cartilage.
In any case, medications meant for human beings should not be given to dogs. Before purchasing and feeding dog medicines, you should consult the vet. Instructions of the vet, regarding glucosamine dosage should be strictly followed by dog owners. The vet would check the age, weight and medical history of your dog and would then determine the dosage. You should religiously follow the instructions on the labels too.
Apart from feeding correct glucosamine doses, arranging a soft and comfortable bed, healthy diet, physiotherapy, massage, etc., are considered as part of the treatment. As pets cannot tell what the problem is and how much pain they are experiencing, you should try to collect as much information as possible, for proper dog care. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from arthritis. So, you should always be careful about the diet and exercise program of your dog.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice. The article provides general guidelines only.