dog glucosamine supplement

Is your dog’s glucosamine supplement actually helping?

Why the right amount matters

The amount of glucosamine given to an animal every day is important. Animals need a certain amount to reach levels in which the supplement becomes therapeutic (ie – properly supporting joint health). Any amount of glucosamine is better than none at all, but to truly help your dog’s joints there is a right amount to give daily. Critical evaluation of supplements is completely up to the educated consumer.

Presently, there are no legal distinctions between the mere presence of a substance and an adequate amount of a substance in a supplement.

This means a company can sprinkle in some glucosamine to their treat and legally call it a glucosamine supplement. Unfortunate, but true. Critical evaluation of supplements is completely up to the educated consumer. Right now, it is up to pet owners to determine (and demand!) an adequate level of a substance to cause the intended effect.

Recommended daily dosage of oral glucosamine

Less than 30 lbs:

500 - 1000 mg

From 30 - 50 lbs:

1000 - 1500 mg

From 50 - 80 lbs:

1500 - 2000 mg

More than 80 lbs:

2000 - 2500 mg

A real life example

A 50-lb dog requires 1500mg of glucosamine a day to maintain the thickness and viscosity of joint fluid.

A leading hip & joint product contains 300mg of glucosamine per 6-oz bag. When doing the math, that 50-lb dog would need to eat FIVE, 6-oz bags a day to reach a level that would benefit his joint fluid. Simply because there is the presence of glucosamine in the product, the company can legally advertise it on the label. However, it does not actually have nearly enough glucosamine to be considered a useful joint supplement.

In contrast, a high-quality joint supplement would have the recommended 1500mg of glucosamine in the daily dose.

Glucosamine supplements: servings matter! A 50 lb dog should have 1000 - 1500 mg of glucosamine a day. Our supplement is 2 tsp per serving, 2 tsp containing 1000 mg of glucosamine. A competitor's serving size is also 2 tsp, but 2 tsp only contains 300 mg of glucosamine.
Glucosamine supplements: servings matter! A 50 lb dog should have 1000 - 1500 mg of glucosamine a day. Our supplement is 2 tsp per serving, 2 tsp containing 1000 mg of glucosamine. A competitor's serving size is also 2 tsp, but 2 tsp only contains 300 mg of glucosamine.

The two things to calculate to compare joint supplement products are the amount of product needed daily to reach a therapeutic level and the price per day. 

Do the math – be an advocate for your pet!

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Joslin is the Graphic Designer and Content Writer/Editor for Herbsmith, Inc. She's got two dogs (Bevers and Dr. Astronaut), a ferret (Space Weasel 5000), and is petitioning for a desk fish (stay tuned). She's been staying busy lately cookin' up the cutest little baby, coming February 2018.

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