The future has to show whether children will benefit from this new therapeutic approach. It is the duty of all involved paediatricians to determine the value of this promising regimen, especially when there is no other feasible way. Only by daring new treatment options can anything be gained in favour of children suffering from severe autoimmune diseases. This lesson had to be learned in paediatric oncology many years ago. At that time, paediatric oncologists encountered a lot of aggression from many of their colleagues for this way of thinking, but today nobody can doubt that this approach was very successful. In contrast to malignant diseases, severe autoimmune diseases in children are normally not lethal, but there are data showing that many of these patients do not have a normal life expectancy. Many of the children not responding well to conventional therapy will suffer from severe side-effects and they might be handicapped for the rest of their life. Therefore, like in paediatric oncology many years ago, one is obliged to attempt this recently available approach for the treatment of these children.
Glucosamine is a natural substance found in your pet's body, with the highest concentration found in healthy cartilage. The glucosamine in your dog's body produces glycosaminoglycan, which is used to help form and repair body tissues such as cartilage. As your dog ages, the natural production of glucosamine in the body slows. As a result, the natural repair process in the body slows, eventually leading to joint pain and stiffness. The ongoing wear and tear on your dog's joints, combined with the slowed repair time of the cartilage, leads to the development of painful arthritis. The good news is that research has found that providing supplements of glucosamine for dogs can help rebuild cartilage, which can help restore your dog's joint function and activity levels.