Bear has HD, I've been giving her Glucosamine, but I want to change the brand (was giving her a brand for humans...).* I need advice on what would be the better choice between GlycoFlex and Cosequin.* I see that Cosequin has Chondroitin but doesnt have MSM and GlycoFlex is the opposite.* But I dont see any other big difference and I really dont know that much about it.
I've hear great things also about Perna Mussel.* But again I dont have that much knowledge about the difference in the effects one thing or other product can have.
We appreciate you help so much.
I would give both.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GLUCOSAMINE/CHONDRITIN AND GLYCOFLEX
G/C - GLYCOFLEX:
for a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement, I really don't think there is any better than Cosequin. for any dog with HD, I think this should be part of the foundation of the supplementation program.
However, I think that alot of dogs have alot of other problems -- I think there is a lack of circulation, a lack of muscle mass, and just a lack of nutrients in general needed to support the muscles and the rest of the body...the glycoflex, having perna muscle, brewer's yeast, and alfalfa is full of nutrients that most dogs don't get in their diet. I am not confident that there is enough of the high quality gluco/chond. in the glycoflex though.
If one were using this for a dog with no symptoms, no apparent HD, then I think the glycoflex is fine. But for HD, I like using both.
Here is a description of the ingredients of Glycoflex from Balch & Balch's Prescription for Nutritional Healing. I think it's an all around great supplement to help for circulation and muscle support. However, I don't think it can replace a glucosamine/chondroitin product.
The green-lipped mussel (Perna canaliculus) is a species of edible shellfish. They contain numerous amino acids, the building blocks of body proteins, in addition to enzymes and essential trace elements. The minerals they contain are present in a balance similar to that in blood plasma, and these minerals are naturally chelated by the amino acids, making for better assimilation into the body.
Sea mussel aids in the functioning of the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the endocrine system, the eyes, connective tissues, and mucous membranes. They help to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis. They also promote the healing of wounds and burns.
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I give both. I feel they are complimentary to one another. I don't feel it's an either, or choice.
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An orthovet told me that if your dog has a known problem such as HD they should be on a supplement that includes MSM. Synovi-G3 is a good one. Glycoflex makes a supplement with MSM, I think it is called Glycoflex III or something like that.