Beau gets this, ever since he had his cruciate rupture, they said it will help him from developing Arthritis, hes on Arthriaid Omega with glucosamine chondroitin, its made by nutriscience I buy it on line 1 ltr bottle last us a good 7 months.
Alfie has it. I think it's one of those things that you never really know if it's doing anything or not!
I think it's a good precautionary idea for large breed or older dogs - ithe supplements generally work out quite cheap so nothing really to loose.
A few years ago Bryn had a couple of times when his one back leg was making him limp. Lasted a couple of days. We took him to the vet the second time it happened and he recommended glucosamine - but said there is no reliable scientific evidence that it works but he knew of several dogs for which it seemed to work - and the dog owners swore by it. I think barley hits the nail on the head in the comments above! (Bryn has Vet-Vits glucosamine & chondroitin - and has no problems with any legs! He's just too fast, though; wouldn't mind if he was a bit slower!)
What does chondroitin do? Just noticing it is also included in the riaflex and cosequin that caz has put links to
My highly technical and scientific understanding is that chondroitin is something that isn't much use on it's own, but works well when coupled together with glucosamine, almost like they boost one another. Or something along those lines anyway. Told you it as technical
I think most, if not all, joint supplements will have both.
You could give the occasional tin of sardines to help with Omega 3.
Yes I do give my dogs fish raw. I give things like sprats or sardines from the fish counter in supermarket (after a suitable period of freezing to kill any possible parasites). They get fish is small amounts probably about twice a week.
Oily fish is generally seen as a good source of omega 3 (sardines, sprats, mackerel, herring .........) However there are lots of other sources many from plant sources such as chia seeds and flaxseed oil. I have not tried either of these so can not comment how much they might help. Plant source Omega 3 tends to have to be converted in the body (human or dog) to a more usable form.
You could consider omega 3 capsules or a fish body oil. I have done both in the past but the capsules did not suit my dogs and you have to be careful with storage with regard to the bottles of oil. Light and oxygen affect the oil.
Though not a replacement for the joint supplement mine occasionally get a trachea or a foot to also help the joints. Connective tissue and cartridge naturally contain glucosamine and chondroitin.
Edit: I have always bought my joint supplements online / in shop, never done via vets on prescription.
Edit: My basic understanding (which is probably incorrect) is that Glucosamine provides the chemicals / building blocks for the joint to repair itself. Chondroitin helps by boosting the process of formation of cartridge and helps to prevent the joint degrading further. It also helps with joint lubrication.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT