Initially Posted: 09/29/2018
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM for Pets Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia supplements for pets compared in this review

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Liquid Health Naturals K9 Glucosamine

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21st Century Essential Pet Adult Hip & Joint

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Cosequin DS Maximum Strength Plus MSM

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Dogs Well Happy Hips - Chicken Recipe

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NaturVet Advanced Care ArthriSoothe-Gold - Level 3

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NaturVet Joint HealthAdvanced Care - Level 3

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NutriVet Hip & Joint Paw-Gel for Cats - Salmon Flavor Gel

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Pet Naturals® of Vermont Hip + Joint - Dogs & Cats

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Glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as MSM and Boswellia, are commonly used to treat arthritis (degenerative joint disease) and related pain in dogs and cats with worn cartilage. But be careful! Our recent tests revealed that one popular pet supplement contained only about three-quarters of its listed glucosamine and chondroitin. Another had so little glucosamine and chondroitin as to possibly have no benefit. Fortunately, we also discovered higher quality products that delivered what they claimed — significant doses of potentially beneficial ingredients. Among these, those providing the best value were selected as our Top Picks for dogs and cats.
 
In this comprehensive review of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia supplements for joint health in dogs and cats, you'll get test results and quality ratings for eight supplements (including four that passed our voluntary Quality Certification Program). You'll learn:
  • Which glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia supplements for dogs and cats passed or failed ConsumerLab.com's testing and review and CL's Top Picks
  • What glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia can and cannot do for joint pain and arthritis in dogs and cats
  • Price comparisons to help you find the best joint supplement at the lowest cost for your dog or cat
  • How much AKBA (a key compound) is actually in Boswellia supplements for pets, since labels usually don't say -- and why it is important to know
  • The dose of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia generally used to treat arthritis in animals
  • Potential side-effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia in dogs and cats

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