Is there anything I need to keep in mind when choosing a brand? I am just going to start with Rocky (he is 3) now. I know I am to get Glucosimine CH (chonondrin or however you say it). And I will get humane grade (it's easier for me to get).
I've heard COSTCO has a good one but I rarely (if ever) go there so I am looking for other brands.
Oh and i saw one with CH AND MSM - I read something about msm being good but cannot find it??
I'm told the Cosaquin/Cosamin DS (one is for human one is for animals I can't remember which is which) is one of the better ones. Mocha has been on it and it seemed to help the popping in her joints. I'm not real sure about others I've used Flex-a-min before for Mocha too and it helped too.
Consumer Reports last year (maybe June? July?) had an article discussing the mixed results of G&C medical studies on people (in general, G&C was found most helpful among those with the greatest discomfort and least in those with minimal) and also rated brands for potency and price.
Costco's Kirkland brand was rated most potent and least expensive.
I don't know of any studies on G & MSM so can't answer your question.
Yes, I'd stick with the G&C -- probably from WalMart. There are so many things I like at Costco, that it's worth the membership cost and the 140 mile drive -- Puff's and my G&C plus their Fish Oil, Puff's Kirkland C&R dog food, their balsamic vinegar, their rotesserie chickens, mixed nuts, eye glasses, etc.
Not aware of any G&C coating issues.
I put a small dollop of peanut butter on the G&C tablet and Puff swallows it. It's a habit, just before serving her supper, every evening.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Don't get enteric coatings on any pills for your dogs - the coating is designed for humans where it will get dissolved in our stomachs. With dogs, the pills will move to their intestinal tract before the coating is dissolved, so they won't absorb as much.