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Old 03-10-2010, 05:55 PM
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glucosamine/chondroitin ...when can you start giving it?

I was just wondering at what age can you start giving glucosamine/chondroitin supplements? Also what is a good brand and how much to give?
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:26 PM
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Don't really know. It's in the food I feed Ike, Merrick's Wilderness Blend, an adult food, so maybe once they start on adult food? They age faster than we do, so....?
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I am using Glycoflex III for Copper, but they have II and I for less severe arthritis. I buy mine at entirelypets and it is about $50 for three months worth. I'm sure the lower doses would be much cheaper. I didn't put any real thought into which brand. AHe was having real issues and a number of forum members recommended glycoflex so I bought it. It is helping.

I don't know when to start it. I don't think it would hurt to start it early, but hopefully someone with more knowledge will chime in.
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I started this thread a little while back, I thought it might help you a little bit.

I'm going to ask my breeder once we're closer to take home time. What does yours suggest?

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ad.php?t=72067 (What age to start joint support for puppies?)
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We use Glycoflex II for Atticus. It has helped his arthritis a lot.

I wouldn't start giving any glucosamine to a dog until they enter adulthood (just my opinion); I would also check with your vet and get his advice.

My nephew is a chiropractor (vitamins, etc) and for us (we're in our mid-50s), he recommends Glucosamine Chontroitin with MSM. We get them from him--but depending on how 'natural' you want them, various stores offer these supplements in varying strengths at significantly lower prices. We lean toward the organic/natural ones--ones that don't add additional non-organic oils. The Glycoflex we use for Atticus contains the MSM. Their website is www.vetriscience.com if you want to check it out.

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I think I started Mira when she was 6 months old, as a preventative since she is a performance dog. The specialist we went to for her hip and elbow prelims and finals believes that all performance dogs should be given glucosamine as a preventative. I don’t see any downside to it. Mira has OFA Excellent hips and Normal elbows.
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It won't hurt anything to start a young dog (other than maybe your pocketbook). I start as soon as they come home (my dogs tend to be fairly active as pups playing with field type work). I would recommend choosing a name brand like the glycoflex or cosequin/dasuquin.
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Thank you...Misty is 2 and I want to start her..not sure about when to start Holly she is only 12 weeks...I appreciate your help..and Ill have to remember to ask the vet when I take her for her shots on the 26th
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I always use human grade supplements for my dogs. Human grade (research which ones) can have better sourced ingredients and better quality control. They also tend to be less expensive. I've never given glucosamine to my dogs before age 3 based on the same reasoning that I wouldn't routinely think of an active high school kid taking glucosamine.
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I use Glycoflex for Flora, although my vet said that she believed Cosequin was the best, so I might switch over to that when we're done with this bottle.
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