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01-26-2014 07:00 PM
TAR HEEL MOM Thanks Magwart for the coupon and good to hear about Harry and Lola.
01-26-2014 05:06 PM
Harry and Lola I have been giving human Glucosamine & Chondroitin capsules (powered) to my 2 for a couple of years now. Lola has HD and Harry had issue with an elbow as a 6mo, xrays done and there was not much cartilage.

Both are doing really well, I have not noticed any dragging of limbs, difficulty moving in Harry, difficulty in change positions etc, although Lola's gate is not the best and she does bunny hop and I did notice a little bit of stiffness in her movement about a month or 2 ago so I have put her on Glyde for dogs (has green lipped muscle in it as well).

The product I use has 500mg Glucosamine hydro...... and 400mg Chondoritin and they get 1 capsule a day.

Imo giving Glucosamine/green lipped muscle supplements is a good thing whether they have joint issues or not, it may help repair and build cartilage and possibly set them up for an easier time during their senior years, so I would recommend this supplement always.
01-26-2014 03:40 PM
GSDAlphaMom Sure I will ask her next time I see her (provided I remember!) .
She is a greyhound breeder and has been a vet for 30+ years.
01-26-2014 03:08 PM
Magwart GSDAlphaMom, I'd love to know what studies the breeder is referring to and read them. If you are in touch with her, would you ask her, and then post any links she sends? I've followed the results of the (human) GAIT study and was disappointed there wasn't stronger evidence of improvement in arthritis in areas other than knees--if there are other studies about prevention, I'd love to see them.

Tarheelmom, sorry, missed the part about you having a lab. I have no clue whether DM-protective supplements are useful for them. ETA, since you mentioned buying Cosequin: there's a $2.50 coupon for Cosequin on the mfr's website:
01-26-2014 01:57 PM
GSDAlphaMom My vet who is a breeder vet and friend recommends starting Glucosamine/MSN when they are puppies. Do it as a preventative rather than after issues arise. She said studies have shown it can prevent and or delay onset of arthritis.
01-26-2014 12:11 PM
TAR HEEL MOM Thanks Magwart...I read the article you linked but it says the info should probably not be extrapolated to other breeds and a Lab isn't mentioned in the "other breeds" that MIGHT have DM. Do you still think it's a possibility that I should be concerned with?

FWIW she hasn't limped at all since that evening. She was fine the next day. I still haven't be to Tractor Supply to buy supplement but have to go by there on Wednesday for shelter purposes. I was thinking I would buy the Cosaquin Supplements there just as a prophylactic measure. Her food also has Gluc/Chon supplemented. Is there such a thing as too much?
01-20-2014 10:21 AM
Originally Posted by TAR HEEL MOM View Post
She isn't really limping just somewhat slower than normal and walking with a altered gait. She did the same thing the last time we went to the woods. Almost like a person who hasn't gotten enough exercise and then they go to the gym..sort of like I feel this morning
With the recent swings in the weather around here of late, might just be an old injury acting up. My shoulders and hips go nuts when it's -5 one day and two days later 50 degrees.
01-20-2014 09:54 AM
Magwart Another thought -- if there's even a hint or suspicion the dog may possibly have DM in the future because of some neurological deficits in the vet exam, you might want to look at Dr. Clemmons list of supplements for German Shepherds (he's a DM researcher):
Degenerative Myelopathy of German Shepherds

My own vet sent me to his site to look at that list when he found my old dog was slow to right his foot when it was flipped over. It was a deficit--not a huge one, and not conclusive, but one that caused him to want to think about some added nutritional support. Dr. Clemmons list of supplements includes recommended amounts for healthy GSDs who haven't been diagnosed with DM, as well as confirmed DM cases.

I like that the suggested doses of antioxidants on the list is coming from a vet who researches in the nutrition field.
01-20-2014 07:15 AM
Originally Posted by Lucy Dog View Post
There are plenty of reasons why a dog is limping. Get some x-rays first before you start throwing supplements at her. It might just be a soft tissue injury.
She isn't really limping just somewhat slower than normal and walking with a altered gait. She did the same thing the last time we went to the woods. Almost like a person who hasn't gotten enough exercise and then they go to the gym..sort of like I feel this morning
01-20-2014 07:12 AM
TAR HEEL MOM She has her annual checkup next week and I will certainly tell the doctor about it. Thanks for the info. She seemed almost back to normal this morning.
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