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Author:  Rachael Connally [ Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:38 am ]
Post subject:  Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

Levi is getting older and he is beginning to show symptoms of arthritis and he quite obviously has some pain from it. I know that I can give him an aspirin to ease the pain, but I have been told that Cosequin is a great supplement to help reduce the development of arthritis. A woman who breeds really great working Border Collies feeds it and fish oil pills as a supplement to all of her dogs and she swears by it.

Has anyone used this for their dogs or known someone who has?
I'm wanting to give it to Levi and also to Redfeild, his 12 week old puppy who may have similar problems later in life, as a joint health supplement.

Thanks,
Rachael C.

Author:  Betty L. [ Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

Rachael,

I have not used Cosequin, but I have heard a lot of great things about it from people on the dog chat groups. I would definitely give him fish oil. You do want to be sure and give cold fish oils, no soy, no flax. You can get Walgreens Finest Natural, 1200 mg total DHA and EPA, prod # 19123 that has anchovies, mackerel and sardines in it and it would be fine. 100 mg DHA and EPA per 10 lbs of weight is a maintenance dose and 300 mg per 10 lbs would be a theraputic dose. You could give him the theraputic dose for a while, then you should be able to reduce it the the maintenance dose.

Shannon used a product on Addie, when Addie was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, but I cant remember the name of it. It was a full range product and was good. I think both Cosequin and that product are pretty expensive. I looked for the name of the product, but couldn't find it. I think Alex knows what I'm talking about, maybe she will post.

Author:  Courtney [ Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

Chondroitin and glucosamine supplements really work. I started taking them a year ago and the difference is like night and day. Before I discovered the power of these supplements I was taking some strong and expensive anti inflammatory drugs for joint pain and now I no longer need those drugs.

Missing Link http://www.missinglinkproducts.com/productslist16-3/Canine has a product that contains Glucosamine HCl and omega fatty acids to reduce inflammation and promote joint mobility. You add a scoop to his food every day. You should see results in a few weeks.

Author:  Rachael Connally [ Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

Thanks guys.

I see a lot of dogs working at this boarding kennel and I really just don't want to have be shoving Metacam down my dogs' throats down the road.... This woman has a couple Border Collies over ten and they still herd and do agility, which is pretty impressive. I think I am going to start them on Cosequin and Fish Oil supplements.

Do you think that such supplements would have a bad affect on puppies?

Author:  Betty L. [ Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

The fish oil supplements will be fine- just give according to his size. You might have to find one that is smaller in DHA/EPA amounts, or you can prick the gel cap and just use part of a capsule. Any dog that is not fed raw, grass fed meat can use the fish oil supplements.

If you can find chicken feet around there, that would be really good. The chicken feet can be found at Asian and Mexican markets. They are kinda gross, but they are full of the stuff needed for joints and most dogs love them. I would feel better about giving those to the pup than Cosequin, but I dont think that the Cosequin would hurt. Cosequin is formulated from Chondroitin and glucosomine and the Cosequin DS has MSM in it. I certainly wouldnt put any pain meds and stuff like that down them when the supplements, Chondroitin and glucosomine are highly recommended by medical doctors and vets.

They thing that I worry about is why the pup would appear to need the Cosequin.

Author:  Rachael Connally [ Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

I'm giving some fish oil tabs that I had around the house with no additives. Levi hates them but Redfeild thinks that they are a special treat, lol.

And Redfeild doesn't need them as medicine, I was figuring that I would give them to him as a preventative and as a normal supplement to make sure that his bones and joints are healthy in the future. Since it's just a supplement I think that a small dosage would help him maintain his joint health. I also might be able to give the chondroitin/glucosomine supplements sold at HEB that don't contain MSM.

My doctor also suggested that I take fish oil and chondrotin/glucosomine supplements due to my family's history of bad back and hip problems. So, I'll essentially be taking the same medicines as my dogs, lol. :))

Author:  bill254laura467 [ Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

Rachael, I heard what Courtney said to do. My other dog developed the same problems. I started giving them to him about a month before he passed last year. He was all ready 14 at that point. I think I read somewhere that a lot of med. size dogs are seniors by age 7. So with Rudy, things will be different. I will be watching him around 7 and giving the supplements sooner if needed. Laura

Author:  trapperchick87 [ Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

you may want to look into the victor brand of dog food..the green bag..it has both glucosamine an chondortin in it an its a pretty good dog food, my dogs loved it i just cant get it here in west tx

Author:  Shannon C [ Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Joint Health Supplements and Arthritis

I use Phycox. I buy it on Amazon and it is $45.00 for 120 soft chews it is the best I found. Once it builds up then you go from giving 2 a day to 1 a day. If you are working in a vet clinic it may not be that expensive to get. I have tried all sort of other supplements and even pain meds. This is working the best. We were almost to the point of putting her down because she wasn't able to get around. Hope this helps.

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