|Barked: Thu Jun 13, '13 12:00am PST |
|On Monday Rexy was diagnosed with advanced HD and arthritis. I'm pretty disappointed, she is only 5.
In addition to keeping a close eye on her weight, and feeding items like chicken feet on a regular basis, is there anything else that I should be doing?
Does anyone have any joint supplements that they particularly like?
I am slowly upping the amount of glucosamine hydrochloride she gets from 1000mg to 3000mg (on the vet's advice) as well as looking into a joint supplement that includes not just glucosamine, but also MSM and ideally green lipped mussel.
I've been looking into a lot of the pet specific supplements, and frankly, most are out of my budget. I can't afford to be spending $100/month just on supplements.
But while doing some research I've noticed that a number of the joint supplements are available in an equine formula. Has anyone used these formulas for their dogs? It would be a much more cost effective way to get these supplements into Rexy (and at a much smaller volume, which is a bonus). I'll be running this idea by my vet as well, as I'm not sure about some of the mineral amount and whether they would be appropriate for dogs. Like this one: Purica Recovery EQ
Another option is for me to purchase bulk (1kg jars) of glucosamine, MSM, and green lipped mussel powder on it's own and do it that way.
We're on the first full day of a 5 day pain meds trial (Rimadyl), just to see if there is a significant change in behaviour/movement/attitude. So far she is already moving in a much more relaxed (and precise) manner so it appears that there is a significant amount of pain that she just managed to hide pretty well (and gradual changes that we hadn't picked up on).
If she is going to be on pain meds on an even semi-regular basis, should I be looking into giving her milk thistle? (blood work was done on Monday and all is normal)
Edited by author Thu Jun 13, '13 12:01am PST
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