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What Is Glucosamine and Why Do We Recommend It?

In a normal joint, glucosamine combines with chondroitin to build and maintain cartilage. Cartilage is the layer between the joints that shields the bones from each other. Young, healthy dogs continually produce enough glucosamine to keep their cartilage in a healthy condition. As dogs get older, they start to produce less and less glucosamine, causing a condition called osteoarthritis.

As the condition worsens, dogs’ bones start to rub painfully at the joint which causes pain and inflammation. This can show as a few symptoms with the most common being hesitation to jump or climb stairs and limping or lameness. Glucosamine and chondroitin are said to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as working to improve the joint by boosting the repair of the cartilage that has been damaged. Glucosamine is a safe supplement that is added to your pets’ diet! It comes in three forms; pills/tablets, liquid or a powder. It is also added to most senior diets available at our veterinary clinic.

October and November are our Senior Months at Cumberland Veterinary Clinic which means we are geared towards helping seniors live a longer, healthier life! If you’re concerned your pet is starting to show signs of joint pain, please call the clinic and let us help you make your pet more comfortable!

Written by Raeanne Boyd, RVT

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Last updated: June 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Cumberland Veterinary Clinic