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Commercial Pet Foods with Glucosamine in them
By J. R. Rogers
By now, most of you have seen or even used some of these products. The question is this. Are they really giving your pet any benefits?
Three issues these manufacturers overlooked
First of all Glucosamine (alone) is not going to give your pet any benefit in terms of cartilage protection. The clinical evidence is conclusive on this issue. Whether used by a human or a family pet, the benefit comes from Glucosamine and Chondroitin together.
The second issue is that on a (per dose) basis (I.e. a serving of food) your pet is likely not getting very much Glucosamine. Read the labels and confirm this for yourself. Syn-flex® for Pets and Syn-flex® for Pets (beef flavor) have either 1,250 milligrams of Glucosamine (and) Chondroitin Sulfate which is found in the Shark Cartilage.
So, we get down to the last issue. If you were really getting any benefit from using pet foods containing Glucosamine you would have to use larger quantities. That means a load of calories for your family pet. And, what is a very big issue for pets suffering from arthritis and joint pain? Excessive weight.
Why do these manufacturers add Glucosamine?
The manufacturers know that there is a ton of clinical evidence that supports using Glucosamine. So, in order to get your attention (and, more money for that particular product) they add Glucosamine.
This is actually a fourth issue. The cost of these products is higher than the regular brands that are offered.
In any event, do not be fooled into thinking that these commercial pet food brands containing Glucosamine are going to do much more than take money out of your product. Having said that, it is nice to know that the manufacturers acknowledge that Glucosamine does an incredible job for pet arthritis.
In my opinion, save your money and stay with products like Syn-flex®. It is low-cost, highly effective and it keeps your arthritic pets happy.
See you next time.
This concludes the February Issue of The Pet Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on March 15th, 2008!
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