The 10 Best Glucosamine For Dogs

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This wiki has been updated 25 times since it was first published in March of 2017. If you have an aging or injured dog, one of these glucosamine supplements can help to restore and maintain its mobility and energy level. We've included chewable, liquid, and powdered options containing ingredients and medicinal properties for treating common canine afflictions like arthritis and hip dysplasia, while also promoting healthy joints, hearts, and immune systems. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Extend Joint Care

2. Zesty Paws Mobility Bites

3. Doggie Dailies Advanced

Editor's Notes

August 11, 2020:

If there's one thing I've learned about maintenance as a dog owner for most of my life, it's that supplements like these should be strong enough to make a difference in an aging pet without compromising their overall health or digestive tract. There are many products out there claiming to work miracles on a dog's joints. While we've done our best to sift through all the nonsense to weed out the undesirables, it's important to have realistic expectations for any glucosamine supplement you choose, use it safely and in moderation/conjunction with other vitamins, and provide Fido a balanced diet.

This year, we've removed TerraMax Pro, Vet Naturals Hemp & Hips, and Witkeen Pawrennial for availability concerns.

We've added Zesty Paws Mobility Bites, as this one has undergone a multi-stage distillation process to remove impurities and preserve potency. NaturVet DS Plus is packed with vitamins A and C as antioxidants to help fight free radicals in a dog's body, supporting his immune system.

We've also added PetHonesty Advanced for its inclusion of chondroitin, organic turmeric, and Yucca schidigera as a means of reducing inflammation and rebuilding cartilage. This one also contains egg shell meal to coat Fido's joints.

August 02, 2019:

Nobody wants to admit when their best four-legged friend starts to get older. I, myself, have two dogs around the ages of nine and ten. While they're nowhere near being "over the hill" in my eyes, I do notice that one of them tends to be a little stiff when he gets up to do his business outside for the last time at night before he goes to sleep. While an orthopedic dog bed can do wonders for keeping Fido comfortable in his slumber, there should also something out there to give him pep when he's not asleep. The solution, then, is to invest in one of these glucosamine supplements to help support his joints, bones, and energy level during his later years. The benefit of these products is that they come in different forms, meaning that if your pooch is a picky eater, you'll have several types of formulas to choose from, regardless of whether they come powder, liquid, or chewable forms. The most important values for these products include joint, ligament, and muscle maintenance along with heart health and, of course, increase physical mobility.

For example, the Extend Joint Care uses a blend of glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane, and chicken collagen to promote the growth and repair of articular cartilage, bones, and joints, regardless of a dog's size or age. It can also be served dry over your pup's regular dog food or in water, depending on his preferences. The Doggie Dailies Advanced contains coenzyme Q10 for supporting good heart and kidney function. Its cold-press extrusion process also preserves its overall potency, which is important when natural absorption of ingredients is the ultimate goal for these supplements. Boswelllia serrata, turmeric, and green-lipped mussel work together to reduce inflammatory response when Spot ingests the Bayer Synovi G4 on a daily basis, making it a great choice if he suffers from occasional joint stiffness. I also think the Pure Paw Dream is a great option if you prefer to squirt a glucosamine supplement over your dog's food bowl. I added the Rocco & Roxie Hip and Joint for its inclusion of tart cherry as a means of decreasing stress associated with strenuous physical activity and recovery time from injuries. Despite its rather high price point, the Actistatin Canine promotes a high absorption rate and an increased production of synovial joint fluid for improved mobility. Finally, I included the Witkeen Pawrennial for its base ingredients of organic vegetables, which can act as a natural defense against certain diseases.

Special Honors

American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) is dedicated to advancing the science of veterinary rehabilitation through advocacy, education, and research. The organization believes in spreading awareness of rehabilitation care to all primary care veterinarians, specialists, students, and the general public. Membership includes access to a database of articles and abstracts relevant to the field as well as opportunities to apply for research grants. The website also provides the ability to search for rehabilitation professionals by last name and geographic location.

VCA Animal Hospitals Founded in 1986 by three healthcare executives, and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, VCA Animal Hospitals operates a network of over 1,000 facilities nationwide and in Canada. VCA is dedicated to the advancement of veterinary medicine through the delivery of compassionate, high-quality primary care to ensure the well-being of all pets. The network is comprised of more than 6,000 veterinarians and 600 board-certified specialists. Each practicing vet completes up to 30 hours of continuing education per year to stay on top of the latest industry trends and developments. The website also provides a complete directory for all VCA hospital locations so you can find the one closest to you.

4. Bayer Synovi G4

5. NaturVet DS Plus

6. PetHonesty Advanced

7. Best Paw Dream

8. Actistatin Canine

9. Rocco & Roxie Hip and Joint

10. VetriScience Glycoflex 3

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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