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I have been told it is hard to OD a dog (or any species) on glucosamine, they will remove what they do not need in their waste. What is in dog food is not necessarily 'enough' so supplementing too is a good idea.
As for what age. Here is my PERSONAL opinion. Glucosamine and chondroitin can possibly slow joint degradation. There is no proof it helps though everyone says it does (even me for my back) so there is no proof it can't slow the wear on joints either. However my equine vet says it can not hurt, and perhaps if "other" means of joint maintenance is needed it will enable that to work better. I plan to put my dogs on it when they reach maturity, around 18 months. Teddi was put on as soon as she was dx HD at 9 months, it is a supplement not a medication. I have not seen any issues in any of my animals being on it. My horse has been on for 10 years, my dogs for about 3-4 me just about a year and a half.
I feed Cosequin DS, when I feel Teddi needs "more" help because of her issues, I plan to up to Dausquin which is supposed to be better (more expensive too) but we have hopefully a LONG time of management so I plan to take slow and do what is needed when it is.
I think it is a safe easy supplement.
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