First of all, I see there are tons of threads on this exact topic, but my problem is I just don't have the time to read and sort through all of them right now. I'm due to graduate from nursing school in 2 1/2 weeks so it's kind of crunch time for school and as it is, I should be studying for a test on Friday since I'm in cliniclas all day the next 2 days. So, please bare with me!
Here's the story...
We just had the vet out yesterday as Scooter - our 31 year old guy - had a bit of a hoof issue that is taken care of now. He has had arthritis since before we got him 11 years ago, but it never slowed him down until recently and actually quite a bit in the last few months. The vet says we can do 1 gram of bute for 3 days before and 3 days after farrier visits to help him out as he doesn't think he's a bute every day kind of guy yet. We have the pills to do that for the next visit and he's also on 1 gram for four days to help him get through the monkeying we've had to do with the hoof thing. He had his first one yesterday and it has made such a huge difference already. He looks so much more relaxed and moves so much better... It's great.
When the vet was out he also mentioned a glucosamine supplement but warned it could be costly so he didn't get much into it. He said we could think about it. I've done a little research but really don't know what I'm looking for so I'm coming to you guys to see what you recommend and what has worked for you... I've looked at costs and most of them really aren't nearly as expensive as I was anticipating. We really want to get him on something asap to see what it does for him.
I have gathered that glucosamine, chondroiton and MSM are important but I don't know what brands to try, what dosages of each, etc. Any and all help is much appreciated!!!
I will try to be around tomorrow morning and again Friday if you need further info about him, etc