Can you give a dog people glucosamine?

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Can you give a dog people glucosamine?
Young dogs having fun (Image by, courtesy of Paul Collins)

Glucosamine is an amino naturally found in cartilage. It helps humans as well as dogs with arthritis pain and stiffness. The same glucosamine people take can be safely given to dogs.

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The difference between glucosamine that is dispensed for humans and that for dogs is the amount per tablet is adjusted for a dog's weight and vitamin C is added to the canine formula.


When using the human version of glucosamine, a dog should be given 250 mg. per 4.54 Kilogram twice a day. You can split the tablet if needed.


As dogs age they often will develop arthritis. Many veterinarians will recommend glucosamine as a first defence.


Beginning dogs on glucosamine around middle age will help prevent the discomfort of arthritis as they enter into their later years.


It is best to use the tablet form of glucosamine rather than the liquid form since it will be very difficult to split the liquid in attempting the correct dose.

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