My 9 year old German Shepherd has been taking glucosamine w/ chondroitin (2,700 mg) since July 2012. In addition, he take fish oil (720 mg). One pill of each daily for his hip displasia and arthritus in his right knee. he has a problem getting up from a sitting or lying down position but once he's up, he runs around like there nothing at all wrong with him. Well, it's been almost 3 months now and I'm somewhat disappointed because I thought his condition (getting up) would have improved by now. Does it takes longer in order for the glucosamine/chondrotin & fish oil to work?
Normally you should see an improvement within 6-8 weeks. Not all vets agree that glucosamine works in dogs though. Some studies say yes, others say no. Also unfortunately there is no regulating body monitoring the purity of these supplements and so it is possible you are giving him less then what the bottle says. Since you have seen little improvement, I would recommend you speak with your vet about other dietary supplements, joint repairing injectable medications, and for the short term, prescription anti-inflammatories.
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