Glucosamine is a natural compound found in the building blocks of cartilage. When dogs suffer from arthritis or bone and joint pain, glucosamine can help to cushion the area between joints where cartilage is missing, thin, or damaged. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are easy to find and can safely be given to your dog. There are differences between glucosamine supplements for humans and glucosamine supplements for dogs, so if you decide to offer your dog glucosamine as a supplement, please speak to your veterinarian about proper dosage amount for your dog's breed, size, age, and condition. Be sure you are giving your dog the proper form of glucosamine. Otherwise, you are potentially wasting money if you are offering your dog supplements meant for humans.
Because glucosamine is a natural supplement, it can also be found in foods your dog will love. There are some excellent sources of glucosamine found naturally in foods your dog can eat every day. And what better way to offer a supplement to your dog than in their meals or treats.
Much like chicken feet, the beef trachea is made of mostly cartilage. With 5% glucosamine, a 30-gram chunk of beef trachea could have about 1,400mg or more of glucosamine. A medium sized arthritic dog may be recommended about 1,000mg for the ease of discomfort and pain of arthritis and bone and joint pain. Chewing on a beef trachea may be beneficial for your dog in multiple ways. He can get the glucosamine his body needs for arthritic pain as well as getting a well-balanced treat. Beef trachea is high in protein and low in fat. With glucosamine and chondroitin, your dog's joint health can benefit along with your dog's dental health as he chews on a beef trachea treat.
Glucosamine is an important part of your dog's diet. As your dog ages and arthritis begins to settle in, aches and pains will be more difficult for your dog to deal with. Offering supplements such as glucosamine may help cushion the cartilage between these joints, giving your dog more comfort and relieving their arthritic pain. If your dog is on a raw food diet, finding these treats may be easier for you. However, if you are feeding your dog kibble, he may need an additional glucosamine boost.
If you want to give your dog natural sources of glucosamine rather than pill form, you have some healthy options readily available between farmers markets, local farms, grocery stores, and butchers. Anytime you start a new diet, treat, or food with your dog, start slowly and watch your dog closely for adverse reactions.