How To Get Your Dog To Take Glucosamine Supplements



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One aspect of giving your dog glucosamine supplements is getting your dog to actually eat the glucosamine. Most glucosamine supplements come in forms that your dog may not be able to eat easily, such as in a pill or liquid form.

Getting dogs to take pills or liquid suspensions can be a hassle that can be stressful for both you and your dog; moreover, the struggle involved in getting some dogs to take these medications may aggravate a joint condition, causing your pet pain. Your dog may associate that pain with the medication you are trying to give him, making him even less likely to cooperate when it is time to give him his glucosamine supplement. There are a few different methods of giving your dog glucosamine supplements that will not cause undue stress to either of you.

Knowing your dog’s weight is the first step in assessing your dog’s glucosamine needs. The dosage of glucosamine you will be giving your dog depends on how much he weighs: a dose of glucosamine appropriate for a Jack Russell terrier would not be an effective dose for a larger breed such as a Saint Bernard, for instance.

Most glucosamine supplements will have a dosage guide on their packaging, but the general recommended dosage is about 750 milligrams of glucosamine per 50 pounds of body weight. Some supplement manufacturers make glucosamine supplements in treat form with calculated dosages for dogs smaller than 50 pounds. This type of treat can be given to any dog, but as with powdered supplements you must adjust the number of treats you give your dog to ensure you are giving him an appropriate amount of glucosamine.

Giving glucosamine supplements in pill form can be more difficult, since your dog might do anything he can to refuse the pill, perhaps going so far as to spit it out even if you think you have gotten him to swallow it. In addition, forcing a pill down the throat of your dog can cause your dog to vomit up the pill, which will waste a pill, leave a mess and require you to repeat the entire process of giving your dog the pill. Wrapping the pill in food, such as a slice of cheese or a spoonful of peanut butter, is a favorite technique of many dog owners when trying to get their dogs to take pills.

This is the method most likely to work when giving your dog glucosamine pills. However, your dog may eat the food but spit the pill out, or just eat around the pill, so if you use this method of giving your dog glucosamine pills, make sure your dog has eaten the pill as well as the food. If you must force feed your dog the pill, hold your dog’s head in place and push the pill to the back of the dog’s mouth. Hold your dog’s mouth closed to prevent him from spitting the pill out. If you need to encourage him to swallow, blowing on his nose or rubbing his throat will often help. As with the other methods of giving pills to dogs, make sure to check that he has swallowed the pill. Dogs can be tricky, particularly when they do not want to take a pill.

If pills are too difficult to give to your dog, there are some other products that contain glucosamine. Glucosamine supplement treats are one of the easiest ways to give your dog his daily glucosamine supplement. These treats are usually meaty and palatable to dogs, and dogs typically need no encouragement to take them. These types of supplements are usually best for smaller dogs, since small breeds usually only require one to two of these treats per day. Although it is acceptable to give these treats to large dogs as well, a larger dog may need as many as four or five of these treats each day to get his required dosage of glucosamine. This can quickly become too costly for the average dog owner to afford.

Other flavored glucosamine products are available if your dog would need too many glucosamine treatsĀ  to be economically sustainable. Glucosamine is sold in liquid supplement form that you can sprinkle over your dog’s food. Liquid supplements are often meat-flavored, which dogs typically love and will eat readily. Glucosamine gravy is another form of liquid supplement which has an even richer meaty flavor. These types of supplements can be quite expensive, particularly for larger dogs. If your dog has a lighter appetite or does not always eat all of his food, it may be better to use a different method of giving your dog glucosamine supplements.

Glucosamine powder supplements are often the cheapest supplements per unit. People usually sprinkle the powder over their dog’s food. However, your dog may refuse to eat the food because of the change in texture or flavor. You may want to try a variation of the peanut butter method of giving dogs pills by mixing the powder with an amount of peanut butter that will mask the flavor of the powder.

This may not work if your dog is especially alert to your attempts to give him his glucosamine supplements. You can also mix the glucosamine powder into a slurry using some water or broth and give the glucosamine to your dog with an oral syringe. This may be as difficult as giving a pill if your dog is a larger dog, since it can be difficult to hold larger dogs still long enough to give them the mixture. Powder supplements may be worth the effort of giving them to your dog because of the decreased cost.

The variety of glucosamine supplements available means that there is sure to be one method of administering the supplements that works for you and your dog. Since each type of supplement has its advantages and disadvantages, you may find it is most helpful to research your options to determine which supplements to purchase before you make your final decision.

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