Supplements for dogs?

Irishgal

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My doxie Millie is starting to get up there in years, sadly. I think she is starting to experience some arthritis in her hips.
I know rimadyl is a good drug for this, but I wonder if anyone has tried and really liked any natural supplements with their dog?

Thanks!!
 

Mia Bella

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IG! I bet you knew I'd be chiming in. :nuts:

Since Jolie's back went out 3 years ago I've been putting a supplement in her food twice a day, every day. This stuff comes in tablet form but I threw all of it in the blender to make it a powder so I could mix it in her food. I use 1/8tsp every feeding.
I found it at Costco and we're still on our first container! http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=360209
Honestly, I've seen very positive results from having her on a supplement and swear that she's in the best shape I've ever seen her ('cept for a little chubs around the belly....) but she cruises around like she's never had any injuries or disc/joint problems at all!

Also, right after Jolie's surgery I went on Dodger's List (support site for dogs with disc disease) and someone also recommended Synflex: http://www.synflexfordogs.com/ Which is liquid glucosamine. I started Jolie on this immediately after her surgery but I went through the bottle rather quick and it's not exactly cheap. It's something like $30 a bottle and a bottle last for a month.

When our littlest pup turns 2 in June she'll start getting the supplement too. You should get Mina on it too, just to ensure she won't have any troubles in the future. :yes:

BTW (a little off topic), what food do you feed your girls? I'm considering switching them over to something else after they finish their current bag. :thinking:


PS: Here are the "Max Joint Support" tablets (same brand as the first link) - I've never used these but if you think Millie needs max strength they could be worth a look:
http://www.google.com/products/cata...port&hl=en&cid=1100215585470612564&sa=title#p

Hip & Joint: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11232670
 
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Lakritze

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ITA with the joint supplement. My current dog gets a tripple strength joint supplement and a herbal mix (anti-inflammatory). She has hip dysplasia and week ligaments, but no arthritis yet (she is 19 months old).

If my dog has an acute inflammation, I will give her Traumeel. It is homoeopathic and works great (I take it, too ;) ).

My last dog had hip dysplasia and bad arthritis when I got him at 2 1/2 years old. The doctors told me that I could be happy if he lived to be six. I started right away with joint supplements and an anti-inflammatory. He died at almost 10 years old (he was a big dog) and it was not because of any joint problems.

I hope Millie feels better soon. :smile:
 
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Mrs. SR

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Sorry to hear about Millie's hips..... I've had success with a product from a company called Springtime. http://www.springtimeinc.com/product/longevity/dogs. I heard about it from a man who trains Golden Retrievers as service dogs. He uses it with his dogs since the breed can be prone to hip dysplasia..... My 14 year old terrier mix takes it daily and I have seen a big difference in his mobility since he started six months ago.
 

aklein

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I am sorry to hear about Millie. Just please be careful with any supplements you may give her. If she is on other medications, supplements can interact with those meds. So just double check with your vet before you give her anything extra.
 

Irishgal

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I am sorry to hear about Millie. Just please be careful with any supplements you may give her. If she is on other medications, supplements can interact with those meds. So just double check with your vet before you give her anything extra.

Yes, I will for sure do this. Millie is a cancer survivor so I am really careful with her diet and will speak with her oncologist first.
 

BookerMoose

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Also check out Recovery SA. We started our now 13 year old beagle Booker on it at the vet's suggestion when she started showing signs of stiffness about 4 years ago - it has made an amazing difference to her quality of life ever since...
 

KittyKat65

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My Dachshund, Sizzles, is almost 2 years old and I give him Nutri-Vet Hip & Joint Plus chewables every day. Actually, I give him 1/4 of a chewable twice a day because these chewables are for considerably larger dogs. He has no back problems, but being a Doxie I want to prevent them in the future. He is also a little overweight, so I need to bring more of his weight down - he just lost 3 lbs, but needs to lose another 2-3lbs.

http://www.nutri-vet.com/hip-and-joint-plus-chewables

I also like this Doxie food for Siz when he isn't on prescription diet food:

http://products.royalcanin.us/products/dog-food/dachshund-28.aspx
 
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