How to Determine Glucosamine Dosage for Dogs

Shows a dog with arthritis** Please refer to your local vet before making any decisions
The key to effectively dealing with dog arthritis lies in the appropriate proportioning of vet-prescribed chondroitin and glucosamine. While dosage will vary from one dog to another according to the extent of the condition, the standard dosage stands at about 20 mg per pound of body weight for glucosamine sulfate.

For tablet alternatives though, the general rule of thumb is one 500 mg tablet for every 25 pounds. Consequently, dogs spanning body weights of 25 lbs. (or less) and between 25-50 lbs. need one and two tables respectively.

On, the other hand, those on the high side of the extremes- i.e. between 51-75 lbs.- will require three while those above that range will need one more than the aforementioned. Dosage progressively decreases as the health of the dog improves so while intake levels might be high at the beginning, the ideal dosage amount dwindles with time.

Glucosamine hydrochloric, glucosamine potassium chloride and glucosamine sulfate are the most popular variations of the compound and they are available across drug stores. This presents the dilemma of determining which one is best suited for your furry companion which you can establish by paying attention to the ingredient breakdown.

Also, the rice per day’ is an important factor that you should have at the back of your mind and it simply involves calculating the expense of daily dosage using the total quantity and dosage requirements. NaCl (sodium chloride) and 2KCL glucosamine options are prevalent in low-cost discount stores however avoid them like the plague as they have as much to offer in quality as they do in cost.

With regards to the matter of the right ingredients, Chondroitin Sulfate (400 mg) and Glucosamine Hydrochloride (500 mg) are often the go-to for excellence across different brands. It’s quite common that tablets imbued with the preceding elements contain mineral and vitamin accompaniments such as vitamin C- which is especially common- among others.