Watching a beloved canine or feline friend suffer or seemingly grow old before their time can be heartbreaking. What's worse is when we don't realize it is joint pain - which is often easily remedied - that is holding them back. Joint pain often disguises itself as showing a loss of appetite, limping, depression, and/or reluctance to engage in any physical activity so it's not always obvious what's causing Fido and Fifi to slow down. As responsible dog and cat owners we wonder what we can do to manage the symptoms and alleviate pain and discomfort, providing our furry companion with the best possible health. A trip to the veterinarian often results in a recommendation to supplement our aging dog or cat's diet with glucosamine. But, did you know that, even before symptoms become obvious, your pet may already be suffering or starting to realize the effects of deteriorating cartilage in their joints? When people ask when is the best time to put their pet on glucosamine the answer is always "now".
What is Glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a natural substance that is required within the joints to keep them moistened, absorbing shock, and to aid in the formation of tendons. Glucosamine has natural anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a popular supplement for people and pets with joint stiffness or arthritis. It also helps form and repair new cartilage and tissue within the joints.
A good glucosamine supplement can help improve mobility, motion, as well as slow the aging process of the joints. Glucosamine can be such a helpful tool, but it is also important to know of any possible related health concerns.
What if my pet has a shellfish allergy
Glucosamine is often made from the shells of shrimp, crab, and lobster. This can be a concern as shellfish allergies are a very real thing in dogs and cats and can wreak havoc on your pet's welfare if you administer them a glucosamine with shellfish.
Symptoms of shellfish allergies include:
- Itchy skin, licking, and bald spots
- Skin infections and increased pigmentation
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Digestive issues and constipation
- Stomach cramping and gas
The Good News
For owners who know their pet has a shellfish allergy or just wish to avoid the potential of a shellfish allergic reaction, there is shellfish-free glucosamine, made from a plant-based source.
As an added benefit, a shellfish-free glucosamine in liquid form is perfect for better digestion and absorption. ENP's shellfish-free Glucosamine Plus also includes turmeric - a natural ingredient with added antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties - making our glucosamine safer than NSAIDs for your pup.
Glucosamine is a very common supplement, prescribed as a way to receive welcome relief from joint aches and pains in people and pets. Now glucosamine is available in shellfish-free and liquid format options, making caring for our canine and feline friends even easier and safer. Check with your vet today to see if your pet would benefit from a shellfish-free glucosamine supplement.
Glucosamine benefits more than just animals. If you suffer from any kind of joint discomfort, try one of our vegetable glucosamine products for people.
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