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post #1 of 14 Old 06-02-2010, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Dog Arthritis

So as many of you know I own a 19 year old Shar Pei/Carolina Dog mix. Her arthritis has recently gotten worse, not to the point that she can't walk or is in pain with every step, but it's hard for her to get up when she has been laying down on her bed. Are there any natural supplements out there that we could be giving her? Right now we have her on Glucosamine/Chondroitin chewable pills (they have 500 mg of Glucosamine and 400 mg of Chondrotin per pill) that we give her every morning. Oh the brand is 21st Century and they are level 3 pills.

We had her on Metacam (prescription anti inflammatory) but that didn't really seem to be helping so the vet said to stop with that.

I want my girl to be as happy and comfortable as possible during her last years of life so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Oh as well with her Shar Pei she is really sensitive to gluten and if she gets too much her skin will become itchy and irritated. Thanks

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Have you tried Petmeds and Dr Foster & Smith? They have a huge selection of things. Sadly there isn't much you can do. A great therapy is swim therapy, even if your dog doesn't like to swim it's one of the best things you can do.


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I have had good luck with Cosequin.

When that stops working well I will start using Adequin injections, just like we (general we) give horses.
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Have you tried Petmeds and Dr Foster & Smith? They have a huge selection of things. Sadly there isn't much you can do. A great therapy is swim therapy, even if your dog doesn't like to swim it's one of the best things you can do.
No we will look into that. She loves swimming, can't exactly afford the place that offers water therapy, but have tons of places that we can take her!

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I have had good luck with Cosequin.

When that stops working well I will start using Adequin injections, just like we (general we) give horses.

How could I forget about that stuff! We gave that to my OTTB because she had a really bad knee. Thanks!


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I wouldn't pay for something you can get for free. Besides if you have a pond or a lake it's easier for her to walk out.


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I wouldn't pay for something you can get for free. Besides if you have a pond or a lake it's easier for her to walk out.
Good point. I have close friends that have a clean pond that I am sure would let us use it. Should we be doing this every day? Or a couple times a week?


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Not sure how helpful this is to you, but my dog (with hip problems, and maybe arthritis too) weighs 70 pounds and gets 1 and a half tbsp/day of glucosamine... sounds like you're giving your dog only half a tbsp/day.

I don't know how much your dog weighs, and I've never tried chondroitin (though I know it helps with glucosamine absorption...) but I figured that it wouldn't hurt to post it.

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Not sure how helpful this is to you, but my dog (with hip problems, and maybe arthritis too) weighs 70 pounds and gets 1 and a half tbsp/day of glucosamine... sounds like you're giving your dog only half a tbsp/day.

I don't know how much your dog weighs, and I've never tried chondroitin (though I know it helps with glucosamine absorption...) but I figured that it wouldn't hurt to post it.
Princess weighs like 60ish pounds and I would have to look to see in other measurements exactly how much glucosamine she is getting. She is actually doing better now and I'm thinking that part of it is the summer weather making it easier for her to get out and move around more.


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Princess weighs like 60ish pounds and I would have to look to see in other measurements exactly how much glucosamine she is getting. She is actually doing better now and I'm thinking that part of it is the summer weather making it easier for her to get out and move around more.
500mg = 1/2 tbsp of glucosamine as I understand it. That's what my mother the vet assistant professes anyways! Most glucosamine products, in tablet form, that I've run across recommend the amount you're giving, but most powdered types recommend the amount I'm giving. When I had her on the tablets though, I gave her 1500mg regardless, as my mother advised.

Maybe your vet would be able to give a recomendation, over the phone maybe? Just out of the good of his heart?

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