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Guest SillyIzzysMom

I've got new boy on Glucosamine. . .seems like there are a million types available. Right now he's also on Rimadyl (Novox) because when I tried to take him off his limp worstened (vet thinks just some arthritis from an old broken hock injury that makes him walk a little weird)

 

This is the one I've ordered and he's been on it about 3 weeks--i know that's too soon to see much improvement but I really want to be able to get him off of his nsaid. . .

 

He's on 1,500 mg of the synflex pets-beef

 

Is there another formula that's way better? I'm willing to switch, but I feel a little overwhelmed by the number of choices. . .

 

TIA

Melissa

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I've used the original formula and it really worked. If Pet version has the same active ingredients it will work.

 

Here's what is in the human version:

 

1250 mg Glucosamine HCL and Glucosamine Sulfate 25 mg

 

Shark Cartilage (20% Chondroitin Sulfate)8 mg

 

Boswellin 3 mg

 

Yucca Powder 5 mg

 

Manganese (Ascorbate) 1 mg

 

Bromelain 5 mg

 

Vitamin C 5 mg

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acid 1.67 mg

 

Omega 6 Fatty Acid 80 IU

 

Vitamin A 2 IU

 

Vitamin E

 

I have used this with dogs, not taken it myself.

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Well, I hate to say this and risk being flamed--but if your hound has a limp bad enough to need Rimadyl, he's past the point where glucosamine is likely to help. It really only helps with very mild cases. Having said that, I'd give the Greyhound Gang line a try! Good stuff and a great lady who contributes to Greyhound rescue with every purchase`

 

I have arthritis myself. I've seen several specialists--they all say that after a point, supplements are a waste of money. I also had a dog (non Greyhound) who had major orthopedic surgery. The glucosamine (I gave it two him for a full year) did nothing.

 

Have you had x-rays done? You don't want to ASSUME it's an old injury. It may well be, but...I'd have the leg x-rayed if you haven't already.


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My older dogs get the Costco brand, (for humans), it is cheap and seems to work - when Luna had her shoulder x-rayed last year there was no arthritis. I agree with GeorgeofNE that it may be too late for the supplements but I would still try it for a few months as it is relatively cheap and hopefully will help.

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Well, I hate to say this and risk being flamed--but if your hound has a limp bad enough to need Rimadyl, he's past the point where glucosamine is likely to help. It really only helps with very mild cases. Having said that, I'd give the Greyhound Gang line a try! Good stuff and a great lady who contributes to Greyhound rescue with every purchase`I have arthritis myself. I've seen several specialists--they all say that after a point, supplements are a waste of money. I also had a dog (non Greyhound) who had major orthopedic surgery. The glucosamine (I gave it two him for a full year) did nothing.Have you had x-rays done? You don't want to ASSUME it's an old injury. It may well be, but...I'd have the leg x-rayed if you haven't already.

 

Okay. . .here's the scoop.

 

I took him on in a foster-sitting arraignment over the holidays. I noticed him having kind of a 'hitch in his git along" and took him to my vet to have a look. I didn't do x-rays because the vet thought that it probably was just an arthritic thing due to his kind of swinging out and around gait he assumes because of the slightly crooked healing of his old hock injury. So, we put him on Rimadyl for a couple weeks.

 

His foster mom (GT name mangos_mom) really didn't notice much of a limp so I felt bad when he seemed to limp here (I broke her dog!!) but it did get cold and wet here just about the time I started watching him, and she'd just had him 3 or 4 weeks. . .

 

But you know, it's not a huge limp. Just a hop-skip "this leg is bugging me a little" limp. I guess now that he's my dog :yay I ought to take him in for full x-rays but the vet really thought I was being kind of a ninny when I took him in the first time. (seriously, I walked him all over the parking lot. . .no limp OF COURSE!). Just having two young(ish) healthy hounds. . .I can tell that his gait is a little different. He doesnt' limp all the time. . .ya know? Just when he goes out first thing in the morning and it's cold--you can see a definite favoring of that leg. And on steps or at the end of a walk. It's not huge. . .just seems like he's slowing down and he drops his head. . .like something is getting painful.

 

What I'd like is for him to be happy and pain free. But not trash his kidneys in the meantime. This poor dude got bounced after three years in his last home. . .from talking to Kate (mangos_mom) I think that he just kind of faded into the background of his other home, they returned him because they felt like he wasn't happy. He's very unassuming, very mild and easily startled by weird noises. I'm trying to fill him up with good experiences here--he is due that and more. What I hate is the idea of him being uncomfortable and me not doing anyting about it. But I don't want to injure him down the road by giving him meds that give him health problems down the road. . .

 

Do you think it's a problem to just leave him on Novox until maybe the beginning of March when the weather warms up and he's been on Glucosamine long enough that it will do whatever it can do? Then, if he's starts having trouble off the novox I'll take him in and see if we can determine what the problem is.

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try this, it's 100% pure, nothing added. Proceeds go to the hounds. A win win for all.

 

http://www.greyhoundgang.org/store/index.php/cat_5

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Well, it's true (I believe) that advanced arthritis or other joint issues are not helped much, if at all, by glucosamine and the other supplements that go with it. That said, in the beginning it definitely does help (speaking from experience myself & my dogs) and it won't hurt, so give it a try. It can take up to 6 weeks to show any real improvement. Another thing that will help, and keep on helping, is (jumps on bandwagon) acupuncture. It can also take a few sessions to start to show improvement, but if that is available in your area, definitely worth a try!

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