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    Been reading that Ester C is good for dogs with hip problems, and for preventative measures. I was wondering if any of you folks use it for your own dogs and how do you figure out a dosage for them. Also wondering about Glucosomine - Chondroitin MSM for humans. Can you give it to your dog? And is there a weight vs dosage ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    Been reading that Ester C is good for dogs with hip problems, and for preventative measures. I was wondering if any of you folks use it for your own dogs and how do you figure out a dosage for them. Also wondering about Glucosomine - Chondroitin MSM for humans. Can you give it to your dog? And is there a weight vs dosage ratio.

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    Both of my dogs are on Ester C and a glucosamine-chondroitin complex. My older dog is a rescue and has no cartilage remaining in his left elbow and right hip so he really needs the supplements. The dogs get one 1,000 mg. Ester C (actually, Vitamin Shoppe Buffered C complex, about half the price of Ester C) in the morning and one 750 mg. glucosamine with breakfast and one with dinner (so 1,500 mg. of glucosamine per day.) This is the regimen given to me by a veterinary orthopedic specialist.

    A lot of dog foods have glucosamine now but if you do the math, the amount per serving is usually way less than 100 mg. Ester C can cause loose stools though so keep an eye on your dog to see whether you can increase the dose or need to back off a bit.
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    Dogs produce their own vitamin C, unlike humans, and any supplemental vitamin C is a waste. Evidence is anecdotal, though vitamin C does have some anti-inflammatory properties that may be of value. It most certainly does not prevent orthopedic issues in dogs.
    Regrettably (for the owner's pocketbook) vitamin C supplementation remains extremely popular with "dog people" despite the zero scientific evidence of it's value. The good news is it certainly won't hurt.
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    Deb,

    With the advice of a friend who is in veterinary medicine, I decided to add Glyco-Flex II to their diet - 1 chewable tab daily.

    Cheaper in the US (what else is new??) - 120 tabs (US) vs 90 tabs (Canada) and the bottles were about $10 less!

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