For those of you that give Glucosamine tablets...how much should you be giving a dog??* We bought a bottle from Costco and each tablet is 500mg and it says for Adults take 1 tablet 2-3 times a day.* Do we need to modify that amount for Fergus or does that amount seem right?
I give Puff (63 lbs) one per day of Costco/Kirkland's G&C.
We bought just the Glucosamine, no Chondroitin. Should we of bought G&C??? We weren't sure. I don't know if weight is a factor, but right now Fergus is 14 months old and was 73lbs. last time he was weighed. Fergus had Cruiciate surgery in July so we wanted to give him something that might help him in the future. Our Vet doesn't really believe Glucosamine works, but we wanted to give it to him anyways even if it helps a little.
Glucosamine is a amino-sugar that is involved in cartilage formation. Chondroitin helps protect against cartilage degredation. They definitely work best together, but I agree with what CYNLABS said, just make sure and get the G&C combo when this bottle is out.
As for dosage, Jes gets 1,500mg glucosamine and 1,200 mg chondroitin per day (a few hundred milligrams more that's in his food, but I really don't count that - I don't know what quality it is and it's not really a significant amount).
LiLChRiZ54 --Toby is almost 5 month old.* Should i start him on this as well?
There's no clear, firm evidence that G&C is really effective.*
Those of us who give it do so because either we find it helpful for us and our own bodies and wish to give our Labs the same benefit, OR we had a previous Lab who suffered with arthritic or joint problems we wish to avoid with our present Lab,* or some other similar reason.
Those* of us who give it are doing so probably more on the basis of faith and hope rather than hard, indisputable scientific evidence.
That's why I give it.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]