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Hip Dysplasia - Does Glucosamine Help?

  • July 12, 2015 11:28 PM EDT

    Does glucosamine really help Shepherds with hip dysplasia? What other things can help?

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    July 12, 2015 11:41 PM EDT

    Answered by: James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR:

    Glucosamine does not help prevent hip dysplasia at all nor does it help treat hip dysplasia in and of itself as hip dysplasia is a developmental problem of hip joint laxity and subsequent malformation. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate is effective as part of a treatment plan for secondary osteoarthritis, which is common in dogs with hip dysplasia.

  • July 15, 2015 3:36 PM EDT

    Would you recommend  glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate as a regular or preventative routine supplement in  otherwise healthy athletic dogs that show no indictions of unhealthy joints?