Discussed with the vet about putting Mia on alternative treatment plan for her limping. They recommended glucosamine and chondroitin. They have the chews at their office but I can also buy "human" chews at the store. They are much cheaper than at the vet's office.
I have also been told vitamins c and e are very good for joint problems. Does anyone use them and do you give "people" ones or are they specially for dogs? Is there a multi-vitamin that has just these 2 or do you give a multi-vitamin?
There is so much info out there but very hard to decide (or know) what is the best way to go
Any and all advice/experience would be much appreciated!
When my older dog was limping badly due to a joint injury ( 12 at the time ), I read a lot of the posts on this site and decided to use a product called Cosequin DS, formulated for dogs. I followed label directions and it did help but eventually, maybe a month or two later, she was not eating her food and, when I stopped the Cosequin DS she went back to eating normally in a few days. If I had to do it over, I would go with a lower dose. Her age may have something to do with the response to the dosage.
here's a link to a similar post started in Jan. with some responses on brands of glucosamin/chrondrotin.
I personally wouldn't do the vitamin C or E and would instead to fish oil. As for the glucosamine/chondroitin, you can buy Cosequin at Costco and it is formulated for dogs. If you want to buy the human version my vets recommend the brand Move Free. I give Franklin 1 tablet once a day and 1 600 mg fish oil daily. He used to limp on his right hind leg for some unknown reason (he'd been x-rayed twice for the issue) and has not limped since I started the meds. The Cosequin is beef flavored, for the Move Free I put it in a pill pocket.
Melissa, do you give the entire fish oil pill, i always open it up and squirt it on the food, but if Franklin eats he whole pill maybe I will try that.
Depending on you dogs age, some of the senior versions of whatever brand you may use may have glucosamine and chondroitin already in. Check the label. I just switch mine over to the senior version with no problems.
@ Tim, I'm assuming you're talking about dog food brands.