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This is a very vague poll because I want very general results.

What do you think about Glucosamine/Chondroitin Supplements? They work or don't work? A waste of money or worth ever penny? Enough in premium foods already, or the working dog still needs more?

What are your general thoughts and opinions about Glucosamine/Chondroitin Supplements?

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It helps me so I give it to my dogs. Darned if I know whether or not it helps them.
 

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I've no way of knowing what G/C has done for my dogs, but it gave me back my knees. I'm a long time runner who's knees got so bad they wouldn't let me sleep, let alone run. Even pulling on socks and boots was misery. But after several months of cheap Wally World G/C, I was back to walking long distances and eventually running. Been running 4-7 miles most every off-season morning for the past three years with next to no knee discomfort.

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Rick Hall said:
But after several months of cheap Wally World G/C, I was back to walking long distances and eventually running. Been running 4-7 miles most every off-season morning for the past three years with next to no knee discomfort.
Were taking the recommended dosage?
 

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both of my dogs have had had knee surgery. the orthopedic specialist recommended it, so that was good enough for me. big dose.....3,000 mg/day.-paul
 

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AmiableLabs said:
Rick Hall said:
But after several months of cheap Wally World G/C, I was back to walking long distances and eventually running. Been running 4-7 miles most every off-season morning for the past three years with next to no knee discomfort.
Were taking the recommended dosage?
If you mean for me, I get the "double strength" and took/take them as directed: two or three a day for the first couple months and one a day since. The dogs get one each day, but, again, I've no way of knowing if it's done anything for them.
 

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I take them every day. My left shoulder is not 100% but I can do left backs, angle backs, and overs better than 6 months ago.
 

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My yellow dog broke his elbow into four pieces as a four-month-old. I just started using a glucosamine/chondroiton/MSM combo, which the ortho surgeon suggested. I haven't used anything until now (he's six) because he's sound (even got an OFA on it after the hardware was removed), but am doing it now since he's older and still runs as hard.
 

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I just came from the vet where it was recommended for Kate. I've had my younger (9 years old) dog on it for a couple years because she has severe arthritis from bilateral elbow surgery. I KNOW it helps her because when I've taken her off it there's a marked difference in her mobility.

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Our 8 year old BLM was getting sore on cold days. Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM=no more sore days so far.
 

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I use Cosequin DS for my two Open AA dogs for a preventive. I also take a Glucosamine supplement for my knee works great.
 

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Now if I could just get my hubby to take it for his shoulders. :wink:
 

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I give it to my 17 month old boy who had bilatteral OCD surgery. Does it help, I am not sure but it makes me feel better giving it to him. My regular vet also reccomends it as well. I also give it to my 18 week old pup as a preventitive...
 

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I didn't vote. I give it to my two old Boykin Spaniels because they have HD. I have no idea if they are benefiting from it or not. I like to thinkthey are, so I continue to give them that and additional Omega3 and Vitamine E. One also has an enlarged heart, the other allergy problems. I would like to see if it is having any effect, because it is rather pricey.
 

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It helped me get over a shoulder problem years ago. Great stuff. Give it some time to work. For the dogs, I am big on glycoflex. I have an old girl that was having trouble with arthritis and it has made her act like a pup again. I now give one a day to all my dogs as a precaution. Might be a waste of money but I figure it is worth it if it will help them ease into their later years.
 

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There is very little in the way of scientific, blinded studies that will substantiate the use of G/C. It's over-the-counter use is not regulated by the FDA, and product purity can be questionable. That is a reason to use a quality brand such as Cosequin DS, especially when taking this product for a specific therapeutic benefit. Then if it works, one can shop around to see if the benefit is maintained. That is what I recommend for my patients....it can't hurt. You also need to realize that some problems will get better (or worse) no matter what you do, but again, it is a very safe product that MAY help. Consumer Reports put out a good article on this product a year or so ago.

As far as use in dogs...again it can't hurt. I have several Vets as patients and I have never found one yet that didn't use it themselves, as well as using it for their patients. I routinely use it in pups with the thought and purpose that it MAY help in developing a better quality articular cartilage, and it MAY help in repair of micro trauma repair of developing articular cartilage, which may be incurred in play and/or training, especially in a working dog. That would be my same reasoning for using the product throughout the dogs career. As far as a dosage, I don't think a mega-dose is needed, just a diet/supplement that contains the G/C for availability to the joints if needed. I don't have any doubts about the benefit for aging, arthritic dogs along with NSAIDS on an as needed basis. There is some question as to whether glucomamine bioavailability is better as a HCL, such as Cosequin DS, or as a sulfate which the large majority of companies manufacture. As I understand it, it is cheaper to make as a sulfate, hence the increase in cost of Cosequin. But maybe that is why some people experience better results? I've used both, but I don't have data to support one way or the other, and I don't think anyone else but the companies with self-interest do either.
 
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