Symptoms of Glucosamine Overdose in Dogs

Glucosamine is a substance that is produced in the bones and cartilages of pets, but may also be a non steroidal medication, also known as chitosamine. The lack of glucosamine in the dog’s body can lead to joint pain. The amount of glucosamine in the bones can diminish in time, so vets recommend the supplementation of glucosamine. However, glucosamine can be given in amounts that are higher than the dog’s needs, so you need to be able to recognize the symptoms of glucosamine overdose.

Uses of Glucosamine

Glucosamine is a substance that is normally present in the dog’s bones and cartilages. The amount of glucosamine produced in the body will decrease as the dog advances in age. If the glucosamine is in deficit, the dog may experience joint pain and swelling.

Glucosamine should be supplemented in dogs over the age of 7 (or even younger if they are prone to joint problems).

Glucosamine is also beneficial for the dog’s muscles or tendons.

Glucosamine is an anti inflammatory and analgesic substance that may be administered as a pill or in the form of treats.

Symptoms of Glucosamine Overdose in Dogs

If given in high amounts, the dog may have a negative reaction to glucosamine. An overdose of glucosamine can be signaled by the following symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lethargy or agitation
  • Abnormal bone growth
  • Bone, muscle and cartilage pain
  • Jaundice, when the eye whites and other mucous membranes become yellow due to the fact that the liver is affected
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst, due to kidney damage
  • Internal damage
  • Internal hemorrhage
  • Coma

An overdose of glucosamine can even be fatal in dogs.

Prevent Glucosamine Overdose

A glucosamine overdose can be prevented by consulting the vet and making sure you administer the right amount of glucosamine to your pet.

When establishing the dose, make sure to mention if you are giving your pet any treats that contain glucosamine. This can contribute to an overdose, as you may give the treats on top of the prescribed dose.

If your dog is under any other type of medication, this must also be considered when establishing the dog’s dose. Certain medications can weaken the effects of the glucosamine tablets.

Don’t use glucosamine tablets or treats without consulting the vet first. Even if these can prevent joint pain and arthritis, you need to make sure you give the substance in the right amounts.

Monitor your pet after starting the cure with glucosamine and consult the vet if any unusual symptoms occur.

Glucosamine Contraindications

Glucosamine is not recommended for all canines. If your dog has one of the following conditions, glucosamine cannot be supplemented:

  • Diabetes mellitus, as the glucosamine contains glucose that may be difficult to assimilate
  • Kidney problems, as the glucosamine can cause kidney damage
  • Liver issues, as the glucosamine pills can be toxic, even if administered in low doses
  • Pregnancy or lactation, as the glucosamine can affect the puppies.