Ask Dr. Rich - Glucosamine
We hope you enjoyed our first newsletter, Ask Dr. Rich. Like we promised, Dr. Rich will be answering your questions once per month via this email. This month’s topic is: Glucosamine.
Click here to email your canine questions to Dr. Rich, Chief Veterinary Officer for NatrixOne and owner of Four Paws Animal Hospital in Lebanon, OH.
A: Glucosamine is the precursor to glycosaminoglycans – the main component of joint tissue. However, most of the glucosamine taken by pets (and humans) is not bioavailable (it isn’t absorbed or able to be utilized by the animal) and so very large quantities are required to see an effect, and even then many dogs see no effect at all. Many treats and other foods have small amounts of glucosamine added, which brings up the cost, but does very little to benefit your pet. Glucosamine is also often harvested from shellfish, which can be an inflammatory trigger in dogs with allergies. While glucosamine based veterinary products can have some benefits with regards to osteoarthritis in dogs, that is really the only condition they will help in your pet.
NatrixOne™ has a perfect blend of Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, polyphenols, phytonutrients and Maslinic acid; powerful anti-inflammatory components that work by systemically reducing inflammation within your pet. These will help with your dog’s pain from osteoarthritis, but will also provide muscle recovery and joint protection for dogs at any age. Additionally, you will see improvements in the skin and coat with NatrixOne™ and, in turn, support with allergic conditions of the skin. NatrixOne™’s OFAs can also provide your dog with neuroprotective care which has been shown to help with degenerative conditions of the brain, muscle and nerves. And you only need to add a small amount of NatrixOne™ to your pet’s food once daily to achieve these results, which means NatrixOne™ is easy on your pocketbook…
Thanks for Asking Dr. Rich!