Glucosamine for hip dysplasia in large breed dogs

We’re now giving our Roxie glucosamine supplements to try and help her joints. We basically have an off the shelf “human” variety that contains glucosamine hydrocloride and chondroitin sulfate. The only other thing we should probably be giving her is methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) but we haven’t found out how much yet. All of this should help with her joint pains

On the weekend we discovered that Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food contains both glucosamine hydrocloride and chondroitin sulfate. I just took a quick look on their website and it says that the concentrations are glucosamine not less than 375 mg/kg and chondroiton sulfate not less than 35 mg/kg. It’s a little on the low side from what our vet told us but it’s better than nothing. Too bad we went with the Iams Large Breed Puppy food for the last 4 months. Oh well. We’re trying to decide if we should bother switching Roxie to the Eukanuba or not. Since we’re also considering cartrophen vet as a possible long term option for Roxie’s hips, we might not bother with the Eukanuba because we can’t use both cartrophen vet and glucosamine at the same time.

Well, we’re learning a lot with Roxie and if (when) we have another large breed dog, we’ll be taking a lot of this into account when we make decisions.

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