|Barked: Mon Jan 17, '11 9:11pm PST |
|you know, I haven't seen any change one way or the other in tag for his LP. glucosamine is a suppliment that is not regulated for humans, let alone dogs. Fish oil is also not regulated, by the way. The big deal is the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that you get out of fish oil. If you have your dog on a properly balanced diet, he shouldn't need any supliments. The only vet that pushed the issue was from banfield, and it seems like they are paid to shove pills and suppliments. you can give it for a month or so. Glucosamine is supposedly one of those ones that has to build up, so you have to give it regularly and consistantly . There shouldn't be anything wrong with giving it, I just don't happen to think it does any good
LP is either hereditary, meaning the groove that the kneecap rides in is too shallow to keep it in place, or caused by injury. In the end only surgery can correct it, but it can be managed. don't let your dog jump higher than its body. if you let dogs on the furniture, or in the car, have a ramp or stairsteps for him. low impact excersize like swimming can help strengthen the muscles without putting too much stress on the knees. BTs will need a lifejacket, because they have a bouyancy problem. Set the dog down, don't let it jump out of your arms.
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