Dog Glucosamine Chews

Dog glucosamine chews are an alternative way to administer arthritis medication to your pet. Glucosamine is a non-prescription drug that is effective in relieving pain and swelling of joints that are associated with arthritis.

Glucosamine for Dogs

Glucosamine is a substance that is present in the cartilage and connective tissues of the dog. However, if the dog is affected by arthritis or other joint conditions, his natural glucosamine will be destroyed and this will lead to joint pain, mobility problems and stiffness.

Glucosamine can be made synthetically and it is a non-steroidal drug that can be helpful for dogs with joint pain or arthritis. The compounds of the drug will have an anti-inflammatory effect and this can help reduce pain caused by joint swelling. The drug may also be used in dogs that have bone or cartilage damage due to old age.

Other uses of glucosamine include:

  • Treatment for degeneration of cartilage, tendons or ligaments
  • Treatment of wounds that involve muscles, tendons or ligaments

Glucosamine will help repair the damaged connective tissue and cartilage, enabling the dog to perform all types of movements. It can be administered to prevent arthritis in pets that are obese or more susceptible to developing joint problems.

Dog Glucosamine Chews

Glucosamine may be administered through tablets, pills or liquid form. However, the option of glucosamine chews is also made available.

The glucosamine chew treats were created because not all types of glucosamine are palatable. The chew treat types are highly recommended for dogs with joint and cartilage problems. Some dogs may reject pills or tablets and consequently, the glucosamine will not be properly assimilated. If the chew treats are given, the dog is more likely to get the necessary amount of glucosamine to help his condition.

The chew can be administered as a treat and the dog will enjoy it. The glucosamine treats available on the market may contain other compounds such as creatine, which will support bone and joint health. However, you need to make sure that the dog gets enough glucosamine. The dog should get a new glucosamine chew treat every day.  

Glucosamine chews can be given as a preventive supplement to your pet, especially if he is getting older or is susceptible to joint or cartilage damage. Vets recommend glucosamine supplements starting from the age of 7 to 8 to keep the bones and joints healthy.

Opt for glucosamine treats that contain natural ingredients and no artificial flavors. Low calorie treats (i.e., 10 to 20 calories per treat) are also available.

Choosing Dog Glucosamine Chews

There are several types of glucosamine chews available. Some of these are softer, while others have a harder texture. The chews that you choose for your pet should be suitable for your dog's size and age. A chew glucosamine treat that is too hard may break the jaws or teeth of your pet. If your pet is older and has bad teeth, softer chews will be recommended.