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Portrait of GinnieHi, I'm Ginnie, this is my web site, and I have a 10-year-old great Dane named Merlin.

For two years we've been using a liquid glucosamine formulation to treat Merlin's arthritis. (He was eight when we started him on it.) I first heard about liquid glucosamine from a friend who is a researcher at a pharmaceutical company. She had read a convincing report about the advantages of using a liquid glucosamine formula – instead of pills – to treat arthritis in people. So why not dogs?

I looked into it, and found a product marketed for primarily for humans, but of course, dogs could take it, too. Within a few short weeks the liquid glucosamine product proved incredibly effective for Merlin, so much so that my husband began taking it as well. An active field scientist and an avid gardener, he was constantly bothered by sore knees... but not anymore!

At some point Merlin, who has a more sensitive taste palate than my husband, decided he didn't like the taste of the product we were using. He refused to eat it, even when it is mixed with his favorite food. It wasn't long before his arthritis symptoms returned. We had to something. I looked around for another liquid glucosamine product, and found Flexicose. After reviewing the ingredients, I decided Flexicose was probably even better than than what we'd been using before, so we made the switch. Merlin is now back on track with his morning dose of liquid glucosamine and he's feeling much better. (My husband has switched, too!) Learn more about Flexicose.

We're happier with Flexicose for a couple of reasons:

  • First and foremost, Merlin has no objection to it, and whatever makes Merlin happy, makes me happy. Because Flexicose is in a water base it's much easier to mix with other foods and beverages, and that's a big advantage. It tastes like grapes.
  • Both products were similar in composition, but not identical. Flexicose provided more Glucosamine HCL and Glucosamine Sulfate along with lots more Chondroitin. Specifically, Flexicose contains 1500 mg of Glucosamine HCL and Glucosamine Sulfate and 120 mg of Chondroitin Sulfate per 1/4 ounce serving. Flexicose also contains MSM and other important synergistic ingredients.

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Note: Merlin passed away about six months after this article was written. He was losing control of his back legs and falling down a lot. Just as had been the case a couple of years earlier with his littermate, there was nothing that could be done for him medically. (It was probably an inherited condition.) We let Merlin go when his "bad days" began to outnumber his good ones. I still miss him terribly, but I'm grateful that were were able to successfully manage his arthritis during his twilight years and keep him happy for so long.

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