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Old 02-10-2014, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to give my 3 1/2 year old GSD hip and joint supplements to keep her hips from getting bad. They are already sensitive and when I pick her up from under her belly where her hips are she will yelp. But she doesn't have any problems running or walking or anything else.
I know that Dasuquin is what is best for her but it is very expensive and I am on a tight budget right now, has anyone found any other brands of hip and joint supplements that work for their dog?!


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Old 02-10-2014, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Years ago, prior to Dasuquin, my vet recommended Cosamin DS. I still give three caplets per day, break each open over the food. I can typically get 230 caplets for ~$60, or ~0.80 per day. Same company. I have always thought that was pretty reasonable.
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you ever had her x rayed to see what is going on in there?

My female mix has joint problems and she is has been on Glycoflex 3 for most of her life. She also takes Cosequin. We like to use two joint supplements with varying ingredients, just to try to cover as many bases as possible. She has also been on Jointagen but we switched to Cosequin for price reasons and have not seen a difference.

For day to day pain, I like an herbal supplement called Canine Pain Plus. It is an anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce the swelling in the joints.

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If she is yelping, I would have her xrayed

I use either human glucosamine & chondroitin capsules (just open the capsule and spinkle over food & add some water) or Glyde for dogs GLYDE® FOR DOGS. Glyde is expensive, so will only use this on Lola (she has hip dysplasia) when she is showing signs of difficulty.
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Diagnose the problem before you start throwing unnecessary supplements at her. Her hips might not even be the problem.
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I don't think it is a bad thing to give your large breed canine joint supplements as it may contribute to lessening joint and cartilage degeneration often seen in old age. I give Harry the same as Lola, even though he has good hips and elbows.
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I don't think it is a bad thing to give your large breed canine joint supplements as it may contribute to lessening joint and cartilage degeneration often seen in old age. I give Harry the same as Lola, even though he has good hips and elbows.
Has there ever been any research done that shows giving joint supplements prevents issues down the road? I was under the impression that there's wasn't.
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My Vet advises me it is much like with humans, when we take a good quality joint medication, this can assist to help slow deterioration of cartilage, relieve joint pain, and improve joint mobility. Research has shown this can be highly beneficial for people with joint issues, but I believe it does depend on the quality of the medication. Apparently they finding similar results with canines.
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My Vet advises me it is much like with humans, when we take a good quality joint medication, this can assist to help slow deterioration of cartilage, relieve joint pain, and improve joint mobility. Research has shown this can be highly beneficial for people with joint issues, but I believe it does depend on the quality of the medication. Apparently they finding similar results with canines.
I know it helps when the hip or joint issues are there. I'm curious if there's anything out there that shows it actually prevents these things.

This is why I'm hesitant to use it as a preventative. If there's nothing out there showing it's worth it, seems like a waste money unless the dog already has joint issues.
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As far as I am aware there is no such product available to purchase for preventing dysplasia (wouldn't it be wonderful if there was). As we all know it is an inherited, polygenic disorder and both genes and the environment play a part in developing HD, my understanding is that the dog has to have the gene in order to develop dysplasia and that environmental factors will play a part in the disease developing, whether there are products available to stop the development - I doubt it.

There are most definitely products that can reduce further wear and tear and in particular help with the pain associated with joints rubbing etc. I tend to switch between glucosamine/chondroitin and green lipped muscle. The Glyde product has all 3 so is very good but expensive.

Imo hip and elbow dysplasia is so rampant in GSDs, that there will always be a dog in your dogs line that presented itself with the disease, how you feed, exercise your dog will also play a part here.
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