Glycoflex for Dogs

Glyco-Flex for dogs falls into the category of chondroprotective agents. These nutritional supplements provide support for optimal joint and connective tissue health. Combined with other nutritional support, Glyco-Flex can improve your dog's mobility and comfort by reducing symptoms of arthritis and other joint problems.

Chondroprotective Agents

Chondroprotective agents are those substances which lessen joint inflammation associated with arthritis, joint injury or surgery. These agents increase production of lubricating fluids in the joints and control enzymes which damage cartilage in the joints. The natural sources of these substances include sea cucumber, green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus), shellfish, and bovine trachea and cartilage. Some dogs can be sensitive to these ingredients and may experience nausea, lack of appetite or loose stools. The side effects are normally caused by the size of the dose. For dogs with diabetes, care should be taken because these agents could raise blood sugar. Chondroprotective agents can also produce bleeding when used with blood-thinning medication.


Most of us think that arthritis is a disease which only affects senior dogs. However, research shows that 20% of all dogs suffer from arthritis and that it can become a problem for any dog at any age. Causes of this painful condition include:

  • Genetics, often from poor breeding
  • Improper nutrition, particularly from mineral imbalances or inadequate protein
  • Previous injury to the joint, ligament or bone
  • Obesity
  • Bacterial invasion of the joint

Ingredients of Glyco-Flex for Dogs

Glyco-Flex is made chiefly from green-lipped mussel, or Perna canaliculus. This edible shellfish from New Zealand is a rich source of anti-inflammatory compounds. It also contains glycosaminoglycans, vitamins, minerals and other agents which will assist to further reduce joint inflammation associated with arthritis. The company that makes Glyco-Flex follows strict guidelines for harvesting and processing the shellfish so that all of its nutrients remain intact and available to help your dog.

Formulas and Dosage

The original formula of Glyco-Flex for dogs (Glyco-Flex Classic) is available in 300 mg and 600 mg chewable chicken-flavored tablets. The Glyco-Flex product line also comes in several different formulations to assist dogs at various stages of their lives, from puppies to working dogs to geriatric dogs. Each formula contains extra ingredients in addition to Perna canaliculus to aid in the support of healthy joints.

  • Glyco-Flex I is the first stage of support for puppies and dogs needing early joint health assistance.
  • Glyco-Flex II is recommended for maturing dogs and those recuperating from orthopedic surgery.
  • The most advanced formula of the supplement, Glyco-Flex III, is designed for geriatric dogs that need the extra help of antioxidants and advanced chondroprotective agents to provide optimum joint support for aging tissues.

The initial recommended dosage for all formulas of Glyco-Flex is generally twice that of the maintenance dosage. Your dog would use the initial dosage for four to six weeks before following the maintenance dose guidelines.

Glyco-Flex is an all-natural supplement with no known side effects and is available without a prescription. Most veterinarian practices sell this supplement and it is also available from many online retailers.