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Glucosamine for bladder inflammation

CheeseAndPiggle

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Good morning,

I only just joined & I've already posted up my introduction.

The 2 girlies we adopted in September were loved by their previous owners but for some reason they could no longer devote time to caring for them anymore. I know they meant no harm & would appreciate no judgement on them.

Popcorn had quite overgrown & curled claws, so we've gradually clipped them & got them to a good & comfortable length.
Gracie had a wet bottom which responded well to antibiotics & anti-inflammatories . I have no idea how long she'd had this problem before we treated it. Unfortunately it recurred and went away with treatment just recently but she has sporadic moments of peeing blood. She no longer gets a wet bottom. The vet has said it's not infection related, her bladder sometimes feels solid and other times feels soft, & has advised us to continue with Meloxidyl. I wonder if she had that infection for a long time that lead to scarring or chronic inflammation? I wouldn't know but that's my guess. 16143372503559084311116603589696.jpg

I've read that glucosamine is used to line the bladder & can help with things like this. My vet just brushed it off.
I have some pure glucosamine sulphate capsules and was wondering if anyone (expert) on here could tell me if these ones are OK to use & also explain the ratios of product:water & how much I should give daily. Or recommend a more suitable brand? Please see the above picture.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I'm not sure about pure glucosamine. I give my bladder piggies Cystease FELIWAY Cystease
Dissolve the contents of the capsule in water and syringe feed it to them. They love it and it does seem to help with the lining of the bladder.
 

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Good morning,

I only just joined & I've already posted up my introduction.

The 2 girlies we adopted in September were loved by their previous owners but for some reason they could no longer devote time to caring for them anymore. I know they meant no harm & would appreciate no judgement on them.

Popcorn had quite overgrown & curled claws, so we've gradually clipped them & got them to a good & comfortable length.
Gracie had a wet bottom which responded well to antibiotics & anti-inflammatories . I have no idea how long she'd had this problem before we treated it. Unfortunately it recurred and went away with treatment just recently but she has sporadic moments of peeing blood. She no longer gets a wet bottom. The vet has said it's not infection related, her bladder sometimes feels solid and other times feels soft, & has advised us to continue with Meloxidyl. I wonder if she had that infection for a long time that lead to scarring or chronic inflammation? I wouldn't know but that's my guess. View attachment 168908

I've read that glucosamine is used to line the bladder & can help with things like this. My vet just brushed it off.
I have some pure glucosamine sulphate capsules and was wondering if anyone (expert) on here could tell me if these ones are OK to use & also explain the ratios of product:water & how much I should give daily. Or recommend a more suitable brand? Please see the above picture.

Thanks in advance.

Hi!

We generally recommend Feliway cat cystease capsules for ease of application (UK brand). Just empty the contents of one capsule into a little medicine bottle (can be a cleaned old one or a new one from the vet or a pharmacy) and shake and mix with 2 ml of water. Give either the whole lot once a day or give 1 ml twice daily. In more severe cases or a bad flare, you can for a few days give 1 capsule every 12 hours until acute symptoms settle down. Always shake before use.

Piggies generally like the taste of the cystease glucosamine carrier powder much more than that of a ground up human tablet where you have a lot of waste as the rest of the mix usually has to be thrown away. Or you have to invest into a tablet cutter and then grind the tablet down for mixing with water... Tablets are designed to be swallowed whole so they are not tasting nice. I've tried that with my own piggies, and there was a clear difference in acceptance.
 

CheeseAndPiggle

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Hi!

We generally recommend Feliway cat cystease capsules for ease of application (UK brand). Just empty the contents of one capsule into a little medicine bottle (can be a cleaned old one or a new one from the vet or a pharmacy) and shake and mix with 2 ml of water. Give either the whole lot once a day or give 1 ml twice daily. In more severe cases or a bad flare, you can for a few days give 1 capsule every 12 hours until acute symptoms settle down.
Piggies generally like the taste of the cystease glucosamine carrier powder much more than that of a ground up human tablet where you have a lot of waste as the rest of the mix usually has to be thrown away. Or you have to invest into a tablet cutter and then grind the tablet down for mixing with water... Tablets are designed to be swallowed whole so they are not tasting nice.

Thank you, I have ordered some. I'll keep the other stuff for my own achy joints 😅
 
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