As dog’s age, they can often become prone to the same problems that humans do. Arthritis is pretty common in older dogs. Their joints can become stiff and they may begin to show signs of having difficulty walking or running. Other symptoms include general lethargy or they may limp from time to time. Our job is to keep them as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Glucosamine is a wonderful treatment for aging dogs. Although it won’t reverse the onset of arthritis, it will help your dog with his mobility. This supplement is all natural and can be obtained at pet stores or holistic veterinarian offices; it’s made from shellfish.
Many humans take glucosamine as well. My husband is one of them. After years of playing soccer, he started having knee problems and taking this supplement has helped him with the discomfort and his ability to move around. Some skeptics claim that this type of treatment isn’t helpful but countless animal owners have used it with success.
You can give your dog glucosamine in a pill or liquid format. If giving it as a liquid, add it to their food. This may be the better option because dogs have a tendency to spit out pills. How much you give your pet will depend on his size. And, it may be a good idea to give your pooch this supplement even before he gets to his geriatric years.
My sister’s dog is now ten years old and just recently blew his knee out. He wasn’t showing any signs of arthritis but while he was out playing, he blew his knee out and had to go for an operation. That can get pretty expensive.
So, as a preventative, when your dog gets into his later years, start giving him glucosamine to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s perfectly safe as long as you don’t way overdo the dosage and you buy a quality supplement. If you do begin to notice that your dog is not reacting well to it, he may have an allergy or an intolerance to it to see if switching brands is helpful.