Many dogs – perhaps yours – take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. But do you know exactly what they are, and how they contribute to your dog’s health?
Find out what glucosamine and chondroitin are, how they work together to benefit your dog and why the i Love Dogs brand stands out from the rest.
What is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a type of amino sugar produced in the body that plays an important role in forming and repairing joint cartilage. Cartilage is the main tissue that cushions and protects joints during movement. Glucosamine provides the raw materials needed to strengthen cartilage, while also inhibiting enzymes that break down cartilage.
What is Chondroitin?
Chondroitin is an element of cartilage, which functions in a way similar to glucosamine. It is part of a large protein molecule that gives cartilage elasticity.
Does My Dog Need a Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplement?
As your dog gets older, the amount of glucosamine and chondroitin his body produces decreases, leading to stiff joints, lessened mobility and joint pain. Decreases in glucosamine also contribute to conditions such as arthritis. Joint injuries or surgery can also affect the amount of cartilage protecting your dog’s joints.
Supplementing your dog with glucosamine and chondroitin can help replace lost glucosamine and restore the proper glucosamine balance.
Benefits of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplements
Your dog can benefit from glucosamine and chondroitin supplements if:
- He is very active and exercises regularly
- He participates in agility events and other high impact-activities
- He has previous joint injuries
- He has had joint surgery
- He has signs of pain and stiffness of joints
- He is a senior dog (7 years or older)
- He is limping or lame
Are There Any Side Effects?
However, take the following precautions before giving your dog glucosamine and chondroitin supplements:
- Consult with your veterinarian if your dog is diabetic — glucosamine may increase insulin resistance
- Discontinue use one week prior to surgery, as it may have a mild blood-thinning effect
- Do not use if your dog is on medications that thin blood
- May cause mild digestive upset such as nausea and diarrhea
- If lameness worsens or persists, consult your veterinarian
- Safe use for pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven
i Love Dogs Glucosamine & Chondroitin with Green Tea and Reishi Mushroom
Our premium, veterinarian-formulated supplements support joint function and cartilage health, and may reduce inflammation and relieve joint pain. Our supplements also contain green tea and reishi mushroom—both powerful antioxidants known to reduce cell damage, slow the process of aging and reduce the risk of chronic, degenerative diseases like arthritis. They provide natural cartilage protection and anti-inflammatory support, both key factors in maintaining joint health.
Green Tea and reishi helps with cartilage repair. The anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea and reishi far surpass those of other common joint supplement additives.
i Love Dogs Glucosamine and Chondroitin with Green Tea and Reishi is tailor-dosed to accommodate dogs of all sizes and weights. Accurate dosing is crucial to ensure dogs are getting the maximum benefits of the supplement.
Ultra-palatable i Love Dogs Glucosamine and Chondroitin with Green Tea and Reishi comes in chewable liver-flavored tablets that taste like treats, so your dog will love taking them every day.
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