Benefits of Glucosamine in Dogs

Dr. Leah Cowburn
Published on October 3, 2019

Glucosamine is an important and powerful component commonly found in joint support supplements. Glucosamine is well studied in humans and dogs and shows to improve joint and bone health. Glucosamine is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body and is present in many body tissues including joints, tendons and ligaments.

Glucosamine is one of the most popular supplements for people and dogs to improve the health of joints and is found in Hemp and Hips by Veterinary Naturals.

Glucosamine produces healthy joint fluid

  • Glucosamine is necessary to produce a molecule called a glycosaminoglycan (GAG)
    • GAGs create the compounds that are naturally found in healthy joint fluid
  • Allows joints to hold a healthy amount of fluid and absorb shock caused by the normal use of joints
  • Decreases friction and resistance in joints

Prevents cartilage from breaking down over time

  • Increases flexibility, range of motion and provides stability for joints
  • Allows healthy cartilage to line the joint which acts as a cushion between bones

Has been shown to help decrease pain

  • Decreases inflammation which is the cause of pain in many orthopedic diseases that affect dogs
    • Beneficial in many common diseases such as:
      • Arthritis
      • Spinal disc disease causing back pain
      • Knee issues such as ligament tears or patella luxation
      • Hip or elbow dysplasia
  • Can decrease the amount of prescription medications needed that may have side effects on the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys or cause sedation

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Dr. Leah Cowburn
Dr. Leah Cowburn is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a post-graduate internship and worked as an emergency veterinarian at one of the largest emergency/specialty hospitals in the country. Leah now works in private practice in Maryland that is dedicated to community outreach for an underserved community. She has a special interest in pain management, quality of life, alternative and physical therapy and is currently being certified as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

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