best vets glycan plus glucosamine

Best Vets Glycan Plus Glucosamine

best vets glycan plus glucosamine

Is this a post about Best Vets Glycan Plus Glucosamine or a product review?

Well, it’s a little of both I guess.

There is no shortage of “success” stories when it comes to how much glucosamine has helped both humans and animals. A search of the term will bring up an unlimited amount of information, not only about what it is and its benefits, but success stories from people who have seen their dogs almost transformed as a result.

Where once they had trouble getting off their bed due to the pain of arthritis, they were back to taking long walks and even being able to play.  

Not all glucosamine is created equal

As with so many products, and most definitely supplements, there are variations in terms of quality and price, and of course amounts of the active ingredient which is key.

Why Best Vets Glycan Plus Glucosamine?

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I came across this product recently, noticed some great reviews and got curious. It turns out my friend Rosemary Dowell of German Shepherd Corner has been using it for her German Shepherd Charley who has hip dysplasia, and she loves it.

I asked if she would mind writing a short paragraph about the benefits she has witnessed, to add to the other testimonials I was planning on including. She’s had such success with this product, her enthusiasm led to her writing the only review I need (thank you Rosemary!!).

I’m confident only using this one review, because I have never met a pet parent who does as much research into products and treatments for their dogs as Rosemary does.  

Here it is

My German Shepherd has hip dysplasia and I’ve tried a bunch of Glucosamine products.  I’ve been using Best Vets Glycan Plus Glucosamine for several months with the best results.  I like this specific supplement for a few reasons.

Firstly, you start your dog on a loading dose for 4 weeks.  This builds up the product in their body producing fast results.  Believe me, when treating HD with natural supplements, small gains are encouraging.  After 4 weeks your dog goes onto a maintenance dose, which maintains the correct levels of the natural supplement in the body.

I’ve researched many, many natural ingredients and I find the Best Vets Glycan Plus Glucosamine to have the best ratios for optimum support.  And all ingredients are sustainably sourced and toxic free.  All the ingredients in Best Vet Glycan Plus Glucosamine are found naturally in the body.  So it provides support for the body to manufacture and replace low levels of Glucosamine, Chondroitins, Hydrolic Acid, Cetyl M and MSM.

Another important factor for me is that it’s shellfish free, again this is sustainable but more important, mercury free.  Also like some humans the vitamin C derived from Ascorbic Acid can be harsh on the stomach and intestines.  So it’s great that the Vitamin C found in this supplement is EsterC, which is less harsh.

As I write this my German Shepherd is in surgery for an FHO.  She continues to take the Best Vets Glycan Plus Glucosamine and I believe it will support her in her recovery from her hip surgery.

I can recommend this product to anyone who needs a natural joint supplement for their dogs.  Whether your dog is suffering from joint pain or even for a healthy dog.

My update

I wanted to let you know, Rosemary’s dog came through the surgery just fine, and is home recovering.

Is Glycan Plus Glucosamine right for your dog?

That’s not a question I can answer. What I can say is glucosamine (especially when combined with chondroitin) has helped relieve the suffering of so many pets with conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Make an appointment to speak with your vet as soon as possible. You owe it to your dog to make sure he is as comfortable and pain free as possible.    

 

Have you tried this brand, or any other glucosamine? What kind of results have you noticed in your dog? I’d love for you to share your experiences in the comments section below.    

 

Glucosamine and Chondroitin for dogs

Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Dogs

Glucosamine and Chondroitin for dogs

In this post we are going to be looking at the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs.

Many pet parents assume that the slowing down they’ve been witnessing in their dogs – the stiffness, difficulty in getting up out of bed, and inability and/or unwillingness to take long walks, is a natural part of the aging process. In fact it could be the result of joint pain, something your dog may have been experiencing for some time, and kept hidden as long as he could.

If this is sounding familiar, I urge you to book a vet appointment as soon as you can in order to get a proper diagnosis.  

What is glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a natural substance in the body, with the highest concentration found in cartilage. The body synthesizes most of its own glucosamine in order to form, repair and keep glucosamine and chondroitin joint supplement for dogsexisting cartilage healthy. As dogs age production slows, affecting the body’s natural repair process.

Ongoing wear and tear on the joints + slower repair time of the cartilage = development of arthritis. This is where supplemental glucosamine can help.

It is found in shells of crustaceans.

What is chondroitin?

Chondroitin is also naturally found in your dog’s cartilage, and when combined with glucosamine is even more beneficial than taking glucosamine on its’ own.

Supplemental chondroitin is from the cartilage tracheal rings of cattle, and cartilage of whales and sharks. If for ethical reasons you are not happy with these sources, you can find “friendlier” options.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are “nutraceuticals” – supplements made from naturally occurring substances found in many foods, and are in the same category as vitamins.

How will glucosamine/chondroitin help?

  • Protects cartilage from further deterioration
  • Improves mobility
  • GCM Plus with glucosamine and chondroitinImproves the body’s ability to repair and strengthen tissues
  • Anti-inflammatory helps reduce pain
  • Improves lubrication in the joints
  • May reduce or eliminate the need for NSAIDS (non steroidal anti inflammatories). They have side effects and only work on pain, not joint repair

Be realistic in your expectations

Many dogs have shown significant improvement, others less so. The one thing supplements cannot do is reverse structural changes such as torn cartilage, scar tissue… It also cannot prevent hip dysplasia which is a genetic condition, but it may help with the arthritis your dog will inevitably get.

Can it be taken with other medications?

Yes it can, but I recommend you consult with your vet before giving your dog anything new. Not only is it important to confirm a product is safe, you want veterinary records to be up to date, and that includes informing them of supplements not prescribed by the practice. 

Many dogs are already on pain medication by the time glucosamine is mentioned. Whether or not your dog can rely strictly on glucosamine will depend on the severity of his condition.

Long term use of painkillers can be harmful to his health, and they only treat symptoms not the Bailey walking thanks to glucosamine and chondroitin for dogscause. If glucosamine/chondroitin can replace, or at least reduce the amount of pain medication your dog is taking, that’s a good thing!

How long? Side effects?  

Supplements, and alternative therapies in general, tend to take longer to show results than medication, so expect it to take several weeks.

You will need to keep your dog on this supplement for the rest of his life, because joint pain and degeneration of joint cartilage will resume if discontinued.

The only side effects are typically things like nausea, vomiting or diarhea. Usually just reducing the dose and giving the supplement with food will resolve those issues.  

If this does happen please call your vet right away. Any of those issues in a senior dog could quickly lead to dehydration, which is life threatening.

Human supplement or pet specific?

Opinion is divided on whether to use a human formulation, or one of the many supplements made specifically for dogs. Generally speaking, human grade is more likely to be better quality, and less expensive than products made specifically for pets.

If you can get the dosage right using the human supplement is fine.

It’s important to note (and this applies to supplements in general)… not all supplements are created equal, and never assume the most expensive guarantees the best quality. Quality can Joint and hip supplement with glucosamine and chondroitindiffer drastically as can the actual amount of active ingredients.

Read labels and reviews to find out exactly how much of the active ingredient is present. It won’t work if your dog isn’t getting the recommended amount. You may be surprised to learn how many products contain lower amounts then stated, and some don’t contain any!

Recommended dosage

When it comes to determining how much to give your dog, following your vet’s advice is best.   

Glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs – conclusion

If you share your life with a senior dog, you’ve probably witnessed his difficulty getting up out of bed, inability to jump onto the couch, climb stairs and take long walks. I find it so encouraging to learn how many products are out there that may help.  

I hope after reading about the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs, you will speak to your vet about the possibility of using this supplement for your dog.   

 


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Glucosamine for Dogs: What to Expect From an Overdose

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this guest post written by Erin Amanda. Erin is a Certified Veterinary Technician with experience in veterinary toxicology, living in Illinois with her partner, her son, and her zoo of critters.  She has written and published peer-reviewed continuing education articles on toxicology through the NAVTA journal and the VSPN network.

Arthritis and joint pain are both common ailments for an aging or elderly pet. Even with so many treatment options available, one recommendation is universally popular: glucosamine for dogs. Chances are high that if you’re the owner of an older dog, you’re also the owner of some sort of joint supplement.

There are so many products available on the market, it seems like a simple task to just pick one up at the grocery store, or even share your own joint supplement with pooch! But is this the best thing for your dog?

When we think of an overdose, we get a mental picture of our pets standing over a wartorn kitchen, the dessicated remains of a pill bottle between their feet and an appropriately guilty look on their face. Once we’ve determined what to do and gotten treatment, we can look back and laugh with relief and a little bit of dog shaming.
What we don’t take into consideration is that our human supplements contain ingredients in different doses, and other active ingredients that are safe for humans, but are toxic to dogs. Just to name a few (this is not a comprehensive list by any means):

  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener)
  • Too much vitamin D3
  • Too much iron
  • Too much selenium
  • Caffeine
  • 5-HTP
  • Ma Huang
  • Guarana

Add in the fact that human vitamins and supplement qualities are highly variable, nor are they regulated by the FDA – the result is a dangerous combination. Always consult your vet before choosing any supplement for your pet, and stick with the recommended brands.

Seeing as glucosamine for dogs tends to come in delectable, chewy treats and tablets, they are of the utmost appeal to any dog. Your dog’s sense of smell is so strong, he can smell the treats that are covered in plastic and stowed away in a cabinet or drawer. If they manage to get their paws on a bag of their own supplements, the temptation to eat the whole thing may be irresistable. In smaller ingestions, this might not be as big of a deal. But when pooch eats an entire month’s supply, this could have a significant impact on your pet’s health.

More recent studies of glucosamine overdose has shown that while smaller ingestions only cause mild vomiting and diarrhea, large ingestions of glucosamine combined with chondroitin may potentially cause damage to the liver, and should be taken seriously.

So, what do you do if your dogs gets into a bag of glucosamine? Should you induce vomiting? Do you need to rush to the ER? That’s all going to depend on your dog.

Treatments for an overdose of glucosamine is going to vary based on the health of your dog, their age, their breed, and the dose your dog consumed. Your vet may be comfortable having you monitor for mild vomiting at home. In more severe cases, they may wish you to come into the clinic ASAP to try and get the treats back. Call your vet or one of the poison control centers before you act, and be prepared to head to a local emergency clinic if needed.

Most importantly, the key to keeping your dog safe is through preventing exposure. Keep those chews completely out of his reach. The top of the fridge, upper cabinets with doors, or other areas far beyond her reach are ideal. Remember, a closed door does not deter a determined dog.