Glucosamine is gaining popularity as a supplement for dogs and cats. As in people, it is believed to help support joint health and relieve arthritis symptoms. Glucosamine is composed of an amino acid (glutamine) and a sugar (glucose), and is an essential building block of joint cartilage.
Glucosamine is known to help with other conditions, as well. It’s also indicated in some cases of bladder and bowel inflammation. Our doctors have used glucosamine supplement for cats suffering from idiopathic cystitis (bladder inflammation of unknown origin).
Glucosamine is considered a very safe supplement. However, there are some concerns that glucosamine raises blood sugar levels, so this supplement my not be ideal in some pets that suffer from diabetes.
While not a prescription medication, it is advised that you have your veterinarian provide you with a reliable source. Not all manufacturers provide a safe, quality product . Don’t hesitate to call the clinic or discuss glucosamine with one of our vets on your next visit.