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Uri acid is part of red meat and this meat is found in a lot of dog foods. The dilemma is that too much uric acid is a cause of arthritis. Glucosamine helps reduce the inflammation. Cartilage and synovial fluid have glucosamine in them; cartilage is part of the connective tissue and synovial fluid is a lubricant for the joints.

Glucosamine has been shown to help alleviate these health problems: rheumatoid and osteoarthritus, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, inflammation, bursitis, and disc degeneration. This nutrient will benefit your dog by reducing the inflammation in his discs, joints, and his siatic nerve. A common health ailment that dogs develop and more so large dogs is hip dysplasia; that means that there is a ball and socket situation. In other words, the joint moves out of alignment. This ailment can begin in a young dog and there won’t be any symptoms like pain or limping until later. The good news is that glucosamine supplements can help this problem. Cats also find glucosamine beneficial if they develop arthritis, which is less common for them, but if a cat has had trauma to a joint it can develop.

This supplement can make the difference between a dog or cat suffering from inflamed joints and hobbling around and one that can move freely and whose pain and inflammation have been reduced. Dogs that are jumpers put more strain on their joints and are more likely to develop joint problems. Supplementing while your dog is younger can help to reduce the incidence of joint aliments.

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There are two other names for glucosamine: Chitosamine and Glucosamine sulfate. Though it is usually safe to take here are some considerations. Don’t use it before you tell your doctor if you have an allergy to any medicine proscribed or over-the-counter or a supplement, you are allergic to shellfish, if you are diabetic, suffer from asthma because the combination of chrondrotin and glucosamine can possibly make asthma worse.

It is advisable to ask your doctor how much you should take because the reason you are taking it and how strong it is should be entered into your choice of dosage. Keep it out of direct light and remember that dampness and heat can make it break down and not work as well.

Though it is normally safe for any adult to use, if you have any of these reactions then call your physician: rash, itching, faster heart beat, your ankles swell, can’t sleep, have trouble breathing or your chest or throat become tight.

Here is the information concerning and side effects according to No total contraindications have been found, there is a lack of information concerning glucosamine and pregnancy, and there are no well-documented interactions. They say as a general rule it is thought as safe to use.

Glucosamine can be used with your pets also. Check with your vet and find out if the supplement is right for you. Many old dogs have been able to regain the use or their legs or other functions with the use of glucosamine.

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When the dog gets up in years apart for the carpet may not be as comfortable for them as they would wish. An older dog has a hard time beating up on the couch or bed and sometimes the floor just too hard for their aching joints and helps. A pet safe heated dog bed is the perfect answer for your old friend. The warmth of the heated pad will ease their aching bones and muscles. As a pet owner you know how you feel after you have been outside all day in the cold weather, while your pet feels the same way. Especially if he is a senior dog, the cold weather can really tighten up those muscles and cause them pain.

A pet safe heated dog bed when not only the deliver warmth but it has a vibrating massage action that delivers a soothing motion. Most come with age to resistant cord so if your dog is still chewing at an old age, he will not be in danger of electrocution. This even makes a save for the younger dogs in your house.

To save energy most pet safe dog beds come with a timer that will turn the bed on and off in internment time. This saves electricity and at the same time will not school your pet. Most dog beds are comfortable for your senior dog, but with the added comfort of heat and massaging motion their senior years can be less painful and more comfortable.

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Every dog, no matter what age, likes to have his own special place to sleep because it causes your canine friend to feel more secure. The perfect place is a quiet, comfortable and dry spot. Good sleep is just as important for your dog as it is for you. A good sleep translates to good health and good health means a longer and happier life. The right dog bed is essential to giving man’s best friend a top-notch place to nap and rest.

There are many styles, shapes, colors and fabrics to choose from. When shopping for a dog bed intended for a senior dog, it is important to keep some things in mind:
Evaluate the size, age and health of your dog and think about the type of bed in which your dog will be most comfortable. As your dog aged, his bones may have become arthritic. Poor circulation may mean that he does not keep as warm as he once did when he was younger. For the senior dog, it is important to provide a bed that provides warmth and a comfortable cushion.

Make sure the covering on the bed is removable and washable. A washable cover is almost a necessity since it will surely get dirty over time. Older dogs are more susceptible to illness as their immunity weakens. Washable dog beds are also a valuable asset for senior pets who are incontinent.

For older dogs you will want to consider a dog bed that is made from memory foam or filled with coil springs, like a made for humans mattress. Orthopedic dog beds will help ensure a restful night for pets with ailing joints. Choose a bed that is the right size for your dog. He should be able to lie flat, completely stretched out on his side, without hanging off of the bed.

Don Rainwater is the author of hundreds of senior dog articles. For more information on senior dog products and to view his book, “When Your Best Friend Becomes Your Old Friend: Caring for a Geriatric Dog” please visit