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Animal Health > Consumers Guide to Glucosamine Products for Pets

Glucosamine is a very promising treatment for Arthritis and hip dysplasia in pets and is backed by numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. In these studies, Glucosamine has been shown to rehabilitate cartilage and reduce the progression of arthritis, significantly lessen pain from arthritis, and increase mobility in dogs and cats. However, one glucosamine product can be very different from another.

When your pet's pain relief and health is at stake, you need to know how to choose between competing products and see through the marketing hype. There are six factors that you need to take into your decision before purchasing any glucosamine product. These are:
  • Amount of glucosamine per daily dose
  • Type of Glucosamine
  • Quality of Ingredients
  • Delivery System
  • Synergistic Ingredients
  • Price Per Day
    • It is very important to compare price per day and not price per product, as many companies try to fool you by providing 60 capsules or 32 oz. and not telling you until after you purchased that you must use 6 capsules or 2 oz. per day. Be careful to always compare price per day.
Did you know that the absorption rate and bio-availability of the glucosamine in pills is significantly less than that when glucosamine is delivered in liquid form? The "claimed fact" that pills are the only and best way to obtain glucosamine is simply not true.

According to the Physician's Desk Reference "only 10 to 20% of vitamins and minerals in any pill form is absorbed by the human body." Furthermore, the National Advisory Board states that 100 MG consumed in tablet form translates to a minute stabilized 8.3 MG or 8.3% concentrated in the blood, as compared to 98% in liquid form.

Glucosamine provided in liquid form is absorbed more quickly, much more fully, and provides greater and longer lasting relief.

Due to this, we have given two ratings for the capsule products since we need to be comparing apples with apples. The overall rating is a rating that is compared to all products. The capsule rating is a rating as it stands among only products which provide glucosamine in pill form.

Here we review the leading liquid glucosamine product, prices in US$ as of 2008...
  1. Syn-flex™
    Amount of Glucosamine per daily dose for
    10 pound pet:
    156 mg
    30 pound pet: 312 mg
    75 pound pet:
    625 mg
    125 pound pet: 1250 mg

    Type of Glucosamine:
    both Glucosamine Sulfate and Glucosamine HCL
    Quality of Glucosamine:
    Pharmaceutical Grade
    Delivery System:
    Synergistic Ingredients:

    Chondroitin Sulfate, Boswellin, Yucca Powder, Manganese Ascorbate, Bromelaine, Vitamin C, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Omega 6 Fatty Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin E

    Price per day for 10 pound pet:
    Price per day for 30 pound pet: $0.23
    Price per day for 75 pound pet: $0.46
    Price per day for 125 pound pet: $0.94

    Rating Rationale:
    A combination of both glucosamine sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride delivered by liquid will ensure maximum absorption. The high quality glucosamine, and eleven nutritional synergistic ingredients Chondroitin Sulfate, Boswellin, Yucca, Manganese, Bromelain, Vitamin A, C, and E, and essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 combine to make a high quality, yet inexpensive product.
    Manufacturer: Activex America, Inc.


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