The Importance of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in pet's diet
Glucosamine is an important component that holds together the bricks of the cartilage tissue of the animal. It lubricates joints, relieves inflammation and reduces soreness of movements. Glucosamine is added to dog and cat foods to prevent joint diseases in healthy animals. The body is normally able to produce glucosamine on its own, but at certain points of the stages of their life it may not be enough.
Glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride are most often used as a source of glucosamine. The second one is much richer: for example, 57.5 grams of glucosamine hydrochloride will be equivalent to 100 grams of glucosamine sulfate. When restoring cartilage, both forms are used.
In high-quality dog or cat food (where there is enough fresh meat and “cartilages”) there is enough natural glucosamine, and you do not need to add it as a separate ingredient.
However, you can also find special supplements with glucosamine. These biologically active additives are needed for large-breed animals experiencing high physical exertion, as well as elderly/ senior pets or prone to joint diseases. In other words, in cases where own glucosamine is not enough for the body.
The mass of glucosamine in hip and joint supplements as a rule, is significantly higher than in feed about 44 mg per 1 kg of weight. In order for the animal to receive such a big dose with a food, you’ll have to overfed your fur buddy, increasing the daily intake by 5-10 times, which, of course, is completely unacceptable.
That is why glucosamine in their food contained only in a preventive dose. There in no way that it can replace a therapeutic diet for a pet.
Both for prophylaxis and for therapeutic purposes, the pair “glucosamine + chondroitin” is most advantageous for joints. Together, these substances restore cartilage better than individually.
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