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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Glucosamine

Sorry if I spelled it wrong. I have to start giving to my 9 month old gsd. What brand do you use? I was advised human grade is fine. She has some clicking in her hips when she walks sometimes, but otherwise fine. How much should I supplement daily?
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Re: Glucosamine

have you xrayed her? I use the liquid you buy at walmart. I just put a capful on their food. I find the liquid gets into their system faster than pills.

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Re: Glucosamine

I use Springtime Inc's Longevity. http://www.springtimeinc.com/product/121/2

I really have not found the glucosamine on its own to be effective.

When I adopted Rafi his hips clicked and he had a lot of other joint problems and was clearly in pain. Now he's doing great! I also give him 2000mg of Ester C a day and that definitely helps too.

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Re: Glucosamine

Since we're on this topic when should they start on a supplement?Do they all need it from day one or only if they show signs of problems?

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I use Syn-Flex. I used it when my dogs started having joint issues.


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Re: Glucosamine

There was a lot of good discussion (and some amusing silliness) in this thread, on this topic.

I think you'll find it useful:


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Originally Posted By: AllieGSince we're on this topic when should they start on a supplement?Do they all need it from day one or only if they show signs of problems?
I start mine as soon as I get them. To be fair, one of mine had hip problems as a pup and I wanted to put off the development of arthritis as long as possible (she is 11 now and no visible arthritis on xrays, though we suspect it is developing). The GSD I put him on it first thing when he came to live with us.

Here's a recent thread:
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...e=1#Post899499


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Re: Glucosamine

If they eat a good food with it in it is it still necessary to supplement?I plan on getting the Fromm Gold next bag which has it in it.They messed up this time and got me the original which doesn't have the glucosamine and chondriontin.

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Re: Glucosamine

I wouldn't rely on what is contained in the food, particularly if you have a breed or a dog inclined towards hip problems.


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Re: Glucosamine

I have mine on Cosequin DS chewables. They're both getting one tablet per day now, but I'm thinking about increasing Riley to two.

They recommend a 'starting' dosage for the first 4 - 6 weeks, then a maintenance level. There's a good, real easy to follow chart on the label.

It's pricey. ($60 for 100 tablets.) I've thought about trying less expensive alternatives, but I've seen such good results with Cosequin that I'm afraid to try something else.
It worked wonders for one of our Goldens. By age 7, he was suffering from arthritis, to the point where he had a hard time getting up from a lying down position. We put him on Cosequin and within three months, he was running around like a maniac. He was still getting serious cases of the zoomies at 11 years of age.

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