Glucosamine is a nutrient wolves get naturally by eating cartilage in the wild. One issue is we often feed dog food with a low protein content and in my opinion this may cause some issues.
You are probably aware that Mastiffs are dogs who do well with a good diet to help their big boned structures. Today, we see more breeders breeding Cane Corso’s to the ‘Super Size’ them. I often see 150-160 Cane Corso males being touted on breeder websites and by people on forums for ‘stud’. The idea of taking a breed and breeding it larger than it is genetically designed to do can cause bone issues. One must understand why the FCI Cane Corso breed standard is specific to tell us that a male should not be more than 110 pounds. This is a good weight for a dog and when we mess with the proper composition of this breed and start to change it we get issues. Maybe you are one of the many Cane Corso owners with a ‘super sized’ Cane Corso, if so this may help you even more than many of us with and FCI breed standard dog. It is important that if you give glucosamine to a growing dog you do not get a supplement that has calcium as too much calcium can cause problems in growing dogs.
Since larger dogs are prone to bone issues especially if they do not get a good diet free of corn, wheat and soy then this supplement may help. I feel hip and joint supplements are important for this breed and Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and into your dog’s diet and are the perfect preventative treatment in my opinion. These supplements can easily be added to meals, and can be helpful arthritis in your dog and some studies show it can prevent the onset of arthritis. While they’re not absolute cures, these supplements can provide relief and prevention of the painful inflammation associated with arthritis, and support the long term health of your pet as well.
My intentions here in this article is not to get you to start buying supplements if you do that’s your choice. I want to educate so more dogs can live a happier life. If you do not want to buy Glucosamine you can use natural methods in food. The cartilage found at the ends of the bones of meat and poultry are a source of glucosamine. Dogs who chew the cartilage, get the benefits. You can also cook the bones with cartilage into a broth to help leach out some of the joint-promoting nutrients and add it to your dogs food.
Chew or Capsule?
Some dogs do not care if I sprinkle the capsule of Hip and Joint in their food, but most do.
This is the supplement I have been using below with great results, the dogs love the chews and its all natural. Many of my Cane Corsos seem to have a delectable palate and will not eat a supplement unless it tastes good, this supplement below is perfect and is a natural human grade recipe and my dogs love it! Here is what I use below, if you have a Cane Corso I suggest you give it a try!
If you have viewed my past videos or read my articles you will see I am a big advocate of a healthy diet to prevent as many issues as you can. This will help you have less in Vet bills and a happier dog.
Glucosamine Chondroitin Overall Benefits
An effective supplement for dogs with arthritis is Glucosamine Chondroitin, similar to the supplement that humans with arthritis can take as well. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance in the body, and it helps with the body’s repair and production of cartilage. When both humans and dogs age, production of glucosamine is reduced over time, which is why we both can experience the wear and tear on joints that eventually leads to what we call arthritis.
Vets and animal health experts have recently found that benefits include:
Reduction in pain overall
Rebuilding of cartilage
An increase in activity levels, which improves cardiovascular health as well
Restoration of joint functionality
There will be a lower likelihood that your pet will need expensive pain medication. I try to avoide medications since they can be hard on a dogs liver.
The last point is rather important; as dogs get older, they may require pain medications to treat joint pain and other symptoms. Not only do these medications become far more expensive than nutritional supplements, but they can also cause possible interactions with other supplements and types of medication as time goes on. As a long term investment into the health and comfort of your pet, supplements like glucosamine are both economical and extremely practical, as well as better for your dog’s overall life experience.
For Growing Dogs
Though many Vets say they think glucosamine will not hurt a growing dog, I do not give this to a dog in their growth stages. I give this after 12 months old and only in small quantities. If a dog has an injury then I feel it can help at any stage. Like anything never give high doses.
For older Dogs
I think this is exceptional and if you have ever had a mastiff over 10 years of age you will see they begin to slow down. I have seen first hand that a good supplement will work wonders. Here is the Hip and Joint supplement I use, it is a few dollars more than some, however I find it to be the most potent and does not have junky fillers that can cause allergies.
So Should I give Hip and Joints Supplements to my Cane Corso?
As explained above this questions is one that you must decide based on your current diet that your Italian Mastiff is eating, age and amount of exercise. Do your own research and I look forward to making more videos and articles. I hope this helps. 😉