Good fer your bones!

Happy Tuesday and Happy Easter!

Ok, I’m a little early.  But I’ve been dreaming about Cadbury Mini Eggs (among other Easter candy varieties) for a few weeks now.  What’s your favorite kind of Easter candy?

What’s the opposite of candy?  Vitamins!

I’d never really considered giving The Little Blogger vitamins or supplements before, but the other weekend we had our friends and their three wonderful dogs over and the topic of glucosamine came up.

They give their dogs glucosamine supplements and, even though Teton isn’t a large dog like their pups, I thought it was a good idea to get him started on it, too!

We happened to be at Trader Joe’s last week stocking up on something fabulous (probably Yogurt Stars and Mochi) and I stumbled upon this $9.99 bottle of 100 tablets of Glucosamine Chondroitin for dogs.

So, I bought it.

On an unrelated note, have you tried Mochi?  Seriously…you must.  It’s amazing!

All I knew about glucosamine before tonight was that it’s good for your joints.

Then I did some fancy schmancy research and learned a lot more!

Glucosamine – an amino sugar that is already present in bone marrow, animal bones, and shellfish – may do the following when taken as a regular supplement:

1) Reduce the risk of osteoarthritis

2) Reduce the risk of joint degeneration

3) Reduce the risk of cartilage deterioration

Chondroitin – the other key feature of this supplement – may also reduce the risk of osteoarthritis, joint degeneration, and cartilage deterioration when taken as a dietary supplement.

So, in the case of glucosamine chrondroitin, if it’s good fer you, it’s good fer your pooch!

Bottom line – giving your dog glucosamine is a preventative measure that you, a Dog Mom or Dad, can take to ensure that your pooch has healthy, happy joints.

Trader Joe’s Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements are comprised of the following ingredients:

Liver Meal, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Stearate, Natural Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Silicone Dioxide, and Stearic Acid

Teton says:  Liver meal?  Yes, please!  I’ll eat these supplements every damn day!

Yes, friends.  They do smell like liver.

Each tablet contains the following:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride (Shellfish) – 250mg

Chondroitin Sulfate (Bovine) – 200mg

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – 50mg

Zinc (Oxide) – 15mg

Manganese – 5mg

Copper – 2mg

How many of the TJ’s Glucosamine Chondroitin supplements should you feed your dog per day?  We’re following the instructions on the back of the bottle.

Teton is around 35 lbs so he gets one lovely-little-liver-lickin’-good pill per day.

He played with it at first but now he just gobbles it up.

We’ve only been taking our glucosamine supplements for a week and a half, so I can’t speak to joint improvement or cartilage strength just yet.  TLB wasn’t having any joint problems before we starting giving him this supplement.  Like I said earlier, it’s more of a preventative measure so that he doesn’t have joint issues later in life.

I know there are quite a few different types of glucosamine supplements (and even glucosamine treats) out there, but we haven’t tried any of ’em.  Have you?  What did you think?  Any recommendations?

See you on Thursday, Dog Moms and Dads (and their friends)!


Apologies for not reviewing Bacon Forever’s Bacon and Cheese Oat Dog Biscuits like I said I would.  Believe it or not, when I opened the cupboard to snap some pictures, there were only crumbs left in the bag!

Don’t worry – I’m sure I’ll snag another bag of treats from our Bacon Forever buddies.  How awesome is it that they’re making a wheat-free version now?

If you missed my first review of BF’s Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treats, check it out here.

13 thoughts on “Good fer your bones!

  1. Gus takes a multivitamin every day, but we often wondered about giving him a glucosamine tablet too. He’s a picky eater and I wonder if he’d take this willingly? Glad to hear Teton seems to enjoy his. Great picture of the two of you!

    1. Thanks! The liver smell is pretty strong so maybe Gus would like it…sometimes Teton drops it on the floor and throws it around for a while, but he always ends up eating it!

  2. Hey — why is there a big white space in this post? Have you checked it out?

    So… Teton’s Uncle Kasey LOVES his Joint MAX Triple Strength Soft Chews. They look like a little piece of caramel and he has one every night as his bedtime snack! They have glucosamine chondroitin and a bunch of other stuff that sounds like it is good for him. And even though he is almost 12 years old he is still a runner and high jumper (when it comes to jumping on the bed…..)

    1. I’m not sure where this white space is that you’re talking about…I’ll have to check it out on your computer. Yes! Love that Kasey’s Joint MAX Triple Strength Soft Chews are soft and, well, chewy for those dogs that may have a more difficult time with crunchy things. Awesome!

  3. Wow I had no idea – Buddy has such a sensitive stomach so I think I will check with the vet first but I like the sound of all of this. Anything that is going to keep my boy healthier longer.

    and Mochi… yum.

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