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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-28-2017, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for Preventative Joint Care

I'm trying to find some quality joint care preventatives. My girl is 7 and a half months old now and is 26" and 70lbs lean (last two ribs are visible), and I imagine she still has a decent amount of growing/filling out to do - she still looks very much like a puppy. Because of her size, I really want to stay on top of my game and make sure she has the right supplements for keeping her joints healthy. She currently eats Acana LB Adult, and we supplement with raw 2-3x a week using herring, chicken backs, turkey necks, chicken/beef liver, chicken feet, and any other novelty I can find.

Any suggestions? I'm all for anything natural or human grade quality supplements. Ideally can be purchased from a health food store, "Ma & Pa" style pet stores, or Canadian Amazon.

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No jumping after frisbees, no flirt pole, no high speed sprints after a chuck it, etc. Be very careful with agility exercises and avoid the jumps and A frame. Just regular good moderate exercise, off leash hikes and avoid sharp turns. I support Deja, as a 4 year old even, when she jumps out of an SUV. And for the rest....common sense.
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No jumping after frisbees, no flirt pole, no high speed sprints after a chuck it, etc. Be very careful with agility exercises and avoid the jumps and A frame. Just regular good moderate exercise, off leash hikes and avoid sharp turns. I support Deja, as a 4 year old even, when she jumps out of an SUV. And for the rest....common sense.
Yes, we're definitely very cautious about any of that. If I throw the ball, I always try to throw it high so she doesn't stop suddenly. Rather she slows down and waits for it to drop. No frisbee for us either, personally not a fan. We will however be doing Schutzhund, so the A frame is unavoidable. Trying to get her to stop jumping off things has been a struggle though... puppy exuberance tends to be faster than my ability to stop her from jumping off the bed or couch.

I'm also looking for supplements to consider to keep her joints healthy and be proactive in their care. Do you happen to have any you would recommend?

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I don't do supplements. If you feed a good diet, she should be fine. I am always worried that supplements will screw up a good diet and thus possibly affect growth. What does your breeder recommend?
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I sent an e-mail earlier today, just waiting for her to respond. She'll get back to me either today or the next few. Just thought it'd be great to ask here as there's lots of great resources.

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"Raw chicken feet are one of best and most rich source of glucosamine/chondroitin. 2 feet 3 times a week contains more glucosamine/chondroitin than 15 supplement pills, and it's 100% bioavailable"


To purchase:

Black Wing: https://www.blackwing.com/product_view.php?id=283 (these are organic/human grade),

RawPaws: https://www.rawpawspetfood.com/chick...ats-p/rpcp.htm ,

Reel Raw: https://reelraw.com/products/chicken-feet-20-bag


"Omega-3s are known to support heart health and joints, improve kidneys and boost the immune system."
I think the following product is fantastic and have used it for some time now.
One Stop Shop = All 3 oils in one product!
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Organic Canadian Hemp Oil: cold pressed, contains omega 6 , 3 , 9, gla composition. It is full of antioxidant chlorophyll and naturally-occurring 8 compound Vitamin E . Does not contain THC
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