Glucosamine sulphate as a food supplement
Glucosamine sulphate is an important natural component of articular cartilage in both horses and dogs. The molecule has two important functions in the body. Firstly, it supports the rebuilding of the body's own cartilage, and secondly, it inhibits the enzyme that breaks down the cartilage. Glucosamine sulphate as a dietary supplement thus helps to maintain joint flexibility. This results in the best conditions for the joint to function normally.
In fact, a healthy and complete articular cartilage is essential for the normal functioning of our joints. The cartilage protects the bones in the joint by acting as a shock absorber. In addition, it distributes the pressure that arises from loading. In a young and healthy joint, there is a slow and natural turnover of cartilage. Cartilage breaks down with activity and exercise. The body then produces new cartilage on its own so that the joint can function smoothly and move freely.
Glucosamine sulphate as a dietary supplement for an injured joint
Sometimes the joints are subjected to minor damage. This can happen if the horse treads a little crookedly and thus overloads its joint. Either during training or simply out in the pasture. A dog can load a joint incorrectly, for example when jumping up or out of a car. It can be difficult to notice everyday injuries if the animal does not show any lameness. The risk is that these small injuries will eventually cause problems if the body does not have time to repair them. Supplementing the diet with glucosamine sulphate will give the joint extra help in rebuilding new cartilage. The joint can thus protect itself against the persistence of the small microdamages. This, in turn, reduces the risk of them creating bigger problems over time.
Increasing age or a noticeable injury to the joints reduces the natural availability of glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate. This means that the articular cartilage cannot be rebuilt at the same rate as it breaks down. This can be seen in the horse becoming more stumbly and the dog no longer wanting to get into the car by itself. In these cases, supplementation with glucosamine sulphate can prevent the increased stiffness that would otherwise occur naturally. The result is that our older animals age more flexibly and actively.
The following products for horses and dogs contain glucosamine sulphate in combination with hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulphate. These three components are naturally present in the cartilage and act synergistically to keep the joint functioning normally.
Chondrogen 100 Pro is a feed supplement for horses. Recommended for the training and older horse to promote optimal joint function.
Complete are meat-flavoured chewable tablets for dogs. Recommended for the active, competitive or older dog.