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Q. I am giving my dig 800 mg of equine glucosamine and chondroitin daily (it contains about 30 mg of ascorbic acid as well). Is this safe?

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. There should be no safety issues with giving an equine glucosamine supplement to a dog, as long as you don't exceed 1500 mg of glucosamine per day. Remember that the amounts of both glucosamine and the chondroitin are important when considering dosage if not using a specifically canine preparation. Thanks for your question!

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. There are many published doses for glucosamine and chondroitin. The products are usually dosed based on the chondroitin part of the supplement, and I'm unsure whether you mean the product you're using has 800 mg of glucosamine, 800mg of chondroitin, or some combination of the two. One published dose I found recommended between 15 and 30 miligrams of chondroitin per kilogram of body weight per day for about a month, then halve the dose.


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