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Old 06-06-2012, 08:43 AM
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What are some good but easily found joint supplements for older dogs. Since the move Peewee is having a hard time getting around. I'm sure part of it is the flooring we now have (wood laminate). I have throw rugs down for him but they only work if he will lay on them. Getting up is the hardest for him.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:14 PM
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What are some good but easily found joint supplements for older dogs. Since the move Peewee is having a hard time getting around. I'm sure part of it is the flooring we now have (wood laminate). I have throw rugs down for him but they only work if he will lay on them. Getting up is the hardest for him.
We had Shadow and Bandit (RIP 10-27-11) on glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM under the advice of our Vet at home. Our Vet here (beach) told us that there have been studies done, that show dogs do no better on them, than they do on placebos. He switched us to Cosequin DS. It is regulated and the percentages are guaranteed to be what they say they are. Whereas the other is not.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:18 AM
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I give Bailey Dasuquin chewables. They're very easy to find; I think I got them from Amazon last time.

Bailey's vet for his physical therapy recommended it, so it's what I went with. I'm sure there are good, less expensive alternatives, though.

You may want to ask your vet about Adequan, which is an injectable. (It can be pricey though, FYI.)

And fish oil is always a good idea, if he's not already on it.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:13 AM
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I've been using synflex since Jan for my GSD. She has arthritis in one of her elbows and was really stiff in her hips. She's made noticable improvements in her movement since starting it. The vet has even commented on how much more energetic she's been since starting this supplement. The bottles are only 8oz, but for my girl the bottle lasts just over a month.

Website if you're interested. http://www.synflexforpets.com/

They're shipping is free, and we normally have the bottle 2-3 days after we order it.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:15 AM
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MSM for sure but if there is actual pain/issues I recommend adding DGP (Dog Gone Pain). Amazon usually has great prices on it.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:28 AM
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Hylasport Canine.
I use it for my orthopedically challenged 3 year old lab girl (Bilateral ACL repairs, ED, OCD & DJD) and it works great!
Very reasonably priced-6 month supply for $60.
Very happy with the results.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:39 AM
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I give the Schnauzers GlycoFlex I.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:46 AM
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Finnegan's on Omega Alpha GlucosaPet as a preventative. Look for natural supplements with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM.

If you're not sure what it all does: Glucosamine sulfate can help rebuild joint cartilage and prevent further loss of it, chondroitin is used in conjunction with MSM for anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies show MSM is also an effective pain reliever.

Can you get NaturVet pet supplements near you? Our customer dogs have had amazing results on their joint formulas, they're all natural, and they guarantee their products 100%. I like the joint formulas because they're time-release tablets.

Their Arthrisoothe (Stage 3 joint formula) is the best for older dogs starting to show more severe movement limitations. I like that it also includes a small dosage of Hyaluronic Acid, which has shown in some studies to be even better for cartilage than glucosamine. I've seen some very senior, slow dogs get a LOT of their freedom of movement back using this or similar joint formulas. This is their ingredient panel and amounts (I've bolded the most important ones, though the extra herbals help as well), so maybe you can find something similar if not the same:

Glucosamine HCI (Shellfish Source) - 500 mg
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - 500 mg
Chondroitin Sulfate (Bovine Source) - 200 mg

Green Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) - 200 mg
Boswellia Serrata - 90 mg
Yucca Schidigera - 90 mg
Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate) - 60 mg
Type II Collagen (from Kolla2) - 32 mg
Zinc - 7 mg
Hyaluronic Acid (from Kolla2) - 5 mg
dl-Alpha Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) - 60 IU
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:22 PM
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I have Sawyer on fish pills, Glucosamine/Chondroitin and Essiac tea.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:42 PM
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Payton gets GlycoFlex I as a preventative, Auggie is on GlycoFlex II because of his feet/wrists. We do salmon oil too, it's good for about a bajillion things.
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