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What size to have glucosamine

May 22nd, 2008, 01:59 PM
I just switched my 1 year old puppy over to adult food. She is a lab/poodle mix and is just bout 60lbs.
She is on Innova and seems to do pretty well on it. My nutritionalist tells me that she at this size does not need large breed dog food, only regular adult food. He said that large breed is more directed at dogs 75lbs and over and that the main difference is just the additive of glucosamine.
She was raised on large breed puppy food, but now is just on regular adult dog food. I want to make sure that I am not depriving her of something she could need and end up with hip or joint problems in the future.
There is a difference in the price, so I don't need to pay extra for large breed if it's not neccessary, although if it is, money is not an issue in this case.
Does anyone have any insight on this?

Dr Lee
May 22nd, 2008, 03:59 PM
While I cannot make a decision for you, here is some important information that can help you make the decision.

Dysplasia. This is be definition a congenital disorder. While G&C (glucosamine and chondroitin) can help pets with this problem, there is not data to support that it prevents it. G&C will help rebuild any cartilage that is damaged along with reducing inflammation and thereby pain. It is a wonderful additive for all active dogs.

Dog food with G&C. There is currently no dog food that has therapeutic levels of G&C. So while there is anecdotal evidence that supports many of these foods, if the G&C is deemed beneficial to you pet, the additional source of G&C is going to be recommended anyways. So with this information, many people will find a chewable or powdered form and just add it to food.

Hope that helps.:pawprint:

May 22nd, 2008, 04:27 PM
It cannot hurt to give the additional supplement. I used to supplement Buds food with liquid Glucosamine he loved the flavour