Glucosamine for Dogs Health – A Waste of Time Here’s Why

Stunning-Afgan houndThese days, too many pet owners waste their money buying glucosamine for dogs hoping to reverse the effects of arthritis or other bone and joint problems.

While buying health in a bottle for dogs would be quite convenient, the fact of the matter is many pet owners eventually give up buying glucosamine supplements because, in the end, it just doesn’t work.

However, this is not a problem for the pharmaceutical companies. By the time dog owners figure it out, they have already made their money. A pet owner is poorer and their canine companion is still coping with its discomfort.

So What’s The Alternative to Glucosamine for dogs?

When Mother Nature developed the canine species millions of years ago, she did it using the natural elements in its environment. There were no supplements to be had and no veterinarians to recommend them. Yet, the canine species managed to thrive into the beloved companions so many have come to share their homes and lives with. So why is it that they suddenly need things such as glucosamine supplements now?

What many pet owners need to know is that it’s not how much glucosamine for dogs or what is the best glucosamine for dogs or even where to buy glucosamine for dogs. Glucosamine cannot work for any canine on a commercial dog food diet when the cocktail of chemicals they are comprised of routinely strip bones and joints of much needed nutrients. In fact it’s impossible to put back what the chemicals in pet food have already stripped out.

The best way to prevent, heal and maintain good bone health in canines is not with glucosamine for dogs but with the diet Mother Nature originally intended: raw meat and bone diet.

What do Dogs Eat to Thrive Not Simply Survive?

Only dogs on a diet of raw meat and bone have the proper balance of nutrients to ensure good bone and joint health throughout life. In addition to live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and proteins, a dog gets the natural calcium that is efficiently processed because it is in the form their physiology recognizes. With no preservatives, additives, colorings, palatability enhancers, stabilizers and other toxins to strip mine the bones and joints, a dog will have full musculoskeletal support with every meal.

As stated in Pet Connect magazine (Issue 1 Oct. 2005)…A new (old) industry is in the making where pets are fed as nature intended. These are exciting times where fascinating new information comes to the fore after years of suppression.

Unlike glucosamine for dogs, a species appropriate diet of raw meat and bone is much more economical to feed. Using simple cuts of meat, raw meaty bones or all in one pre-made commercial raw meals, a pet owner will never have to wince at the price of feeding his or her dog ever again. On top of this, the diet works both as food and medicine.

This means, within months if not weeks of switching to a natural diet, expensive trips to the vet and medications no longer stretch the budget. Dogs of any age and in any stage of arthritis or hip dysplasia can finally get the relief they have been waiting for simply by eating something they already truly love. With their canine companion’s health and wellness and immune system boosted markedly through a natural diet, pet owners will finally see the results they have been waiting for.

About Dan

Dan is an experienced dog nutrition and home remedy specialist, helping pet parents heal chronic dog health problems with healthier kibble, home cooked and raw food diets and using effective, safer natural home remedies for a healthier, happier and longer lived dog.


  1. but don’t they state that dogs should not eat beef, but rather chicken, turkey, or other proteins?

  2. Hi Dave.
    Beef protein is fine too, although like people some dogs dont like beef as a food choice. I’d stick to free range grass eating stock. Sounds funny that we have to mention cows eating anything but grass, but these days feedlot beef is eating essentially food waste derivitive rubbish much as dogs do when dining on cans and packets-thanks to self regulation on animal feeds.

  3. Can you please rec a certain? cut of meat for the dogs???

  4. Should have asked just meat? Do we mix it with their dry dog food? I do not buy grocery store dog food, I buy the higher end dog food. If I am to mix red meat with dry dog food, what type of dry dog food do you rec? very confusing on what to buy. AND thank you…how much meat per day for a basset hound, yes he would eat a side of beef if he could….thank you

  5. Hi Judy
    I dont recommend any kibbles or other dry mix with raw meat because it will lead to upset. Think raw meat and bone as the combination of choise. There are plenty of frozen raw food suppliers on the internet these days and you can buy in bulk with friends at great cost savings.

    The average daily requirement from one meal is about 3% of body weight. So a 50lb Basset hound would need around 1.5 lbs of food a day. It also depends on activity rate, the dogs energy in general and just plain looking at body fat levels.

    An excluviely raw fed dog is lean and healthy. He or she will be in prime condition on this diet and not need veterinary services very often and all those pesky ailments are gone as he’s getting quality nutrition.

    Check out my book for more detailed answers.

  6. Really it’s pretty much any meat source. Go by what your dog likes the best. For example my dogs loves his chicken, pork and lamb. With the chicken it’s a whole raw frame I serve up for dinner (after the legs & breast are removed) or a side of lamb rib again with the best meat removed for human consumption in combination with some rough butchers mince (minced waste meat & bone).
    The cheapest worst grissle and fat filled cut of meat is the best for your dog so shop around for cheap marked down or expired date cuts and deals on the net.
    Hope this helps.

  7. I have red a lot for dog food i realized that raw meat is the best.Dan how much should i feed 4 month rottwweiler puppy 10% of its qweight or?

  8. Hi Costas

    Feed a Roti around 3% of it’s ideal weight per day at one sitting. So e.g. if he’s 100LB then feed 3LB per day and adjust from there. Drop to 2% if he’s a low energy kinda dog.

    Hope that helps, Dan.

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