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    Whether the dog’s joints are healthy or not has a great impact on his life. If the dog suffers from arthritis and other joint diseases, it will bring a great impact on his life. In rainy days, dogs may be reluctant to eat because of joint pain and no mental symptoms. If it is too painful, the dog may also howl. Therefore, we must pay attention to the joint problems of dogs.

    Glucosamine is one of the sources of collagen and proteoglycan, the latter two are used to repair joints and to help joint fluid lubricate joints. Collagen, which we often hear, is a kind of protein, which exists in the fibrous tissue of the body, such as tendon, ligament and skin. In addition, cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, viscera and intervertebral disc also contain a lot of collagen. After the vaccination, the antibody in the dog body will be produced by collagen, so it is necessary to supplement more glucosamine.

    Glucosamine, but when it comes to helping dogs replenish glucosamine, we still need to consider the absorption rate of dogs, and then decide how to replenish it. That is to say, the utilization of glucosamine by dogs is not high. For example, the absorption of nutrients by dogs to fresh food is higher than that of feed, so the bioavailability of fresh food is higher than that of feed, which is one of the reasons why the trend of feeding fresh food is more and more popular in recent years. Dogs fed with long-term feed may lack glucosamine, because after high-temperature treatment and extrusion, the feed will destroy the nutritional value of the original glucosamine, but it can be made up of some easily available ingredients such as tendon, tendon, chicken claw or pig bone. In addition, there are also commercially available dog glucosamine supplements, common ones are glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. Because pure glucosamine has strong water absorption, it must be used as a medium by sulfate or hydrochloride as the “stabilizer” of glucosamine, so it can be used for production and sale, so there is no “pure” glucosamine on the market. Glucosamine sulfate belongs to the older technology, with more sodium salt content, so the purity is lower; glucosamine hydrochloride belongs to the newer technology, with less sodium salt content, so the purity is higher, so it is safer to choose glucosamine hydrochloride when purchasing the dog’s glucosamine supplement.

    Then there is the intake of glucosamine, which depends on the weight of the dog. It needs to take 500 mg every 25 pounds. If you need to feed the pill in half and don’t worry about some overdoses, glucosamine is a quite safe supplement. Dogs suffering from serious injury can even increase their intake by three times. Dogs with arthritis are usually recommended to take twice the dose.

    Generally speaking, dogs need glucosamine all their lives. As long as they don’t take glucosamine for several months, their cartilage will start to degenerate. Glucosamine can play a greater role in the nutrition of dog joints, but we must control the amount well. Excessive supplementation is not only not good, but also may cause poisoning, which needs our attention.

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