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What is Glucosamine and can it help treat Arthritis and Joint Pain?

By Steve Walsh April 09, 2021 0 comments

Many dogs suffer from Arthritis as they get older. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other, and you may notice your dog starts to limp or have pain when getting up. Trauma, disease, or normal wear and tear that comes with use over years all may cause arthritis. Certain genetic traits that come with particular breeds like German Shepherds, Labs, Golden Retrievers and more, may also be particularly susceptible. 

“While there is no cure for canine arthritis, some treatments can lessen pain and improve mobility,” says Dr. Jerry Klein, the AKC’s chief veterinary officer.

So, what Is Glucosamine and how does it help?

Glucosamine, a naturally occurring substance, and is one of several natural compounds, or nutraceuticals, that are known as chondroprotective agents.


OK so simply put they are used in the treatment of arthritis in humans, dogs, horses, and other animals. In dogs, glucosamine is also often used to:

  • Alleviate pain and joint wear caused by hip or elbow dysplasia or other structural challenges.
  • Aid in the treatment of spinal disc injury or wear.
  • Can ease recovery from joint surgery.
  • Used to keep active dogs in peak condition.

HOW Does it help?

Glucosamine hip and joint supplements are believed to alleviate the symptoms of joint damage by boosting the repair of damaged cartilage, specifically articular cartilage, or the moist, spongy material that forms a cushion between joints.

“Cartilage plays an important role, and when damaged, it won’t usually repair or duplicate itself on its own,” says Dr. Klein. “So the bones of the joint may rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation.”

Joint supplements like Jst4Dogs Hip & Joint Supplements are formulated as an early intervention and throughout the progression of arthritis, as they are safe for long-term use in most patients.

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