Glucosamine for the Treatment of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Q. Is glucosamine recommended for hip dysplasia?
 
A. Glucosamine is a normal substance found in the body of living animals. Glucosamine is a necessary building block of cartilage. Cartilage covers the bony surfaces of the joints. In normal, healthy animals the body is able to make enough glucosamine to keep the existing cartilage healthy. However, when the animal ages or there is damage to joint cartilage, the animal cannot produce enough glucosamine to keep up with the body's needs.

Joints with unhealthy or damaged cartilage are often painful. Dogs with joint disease, such as hip dysplasia and cats with arthritis often have stiffness and difficulty going up and down stairs, even standing up after lying down. By giving glucosamine, we can help your pet repair the cartilage and see an improvement.

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