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Old 02-06-2010, 12:56 PM
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I have an 12 year old golden who is arthritic in his hips and shoulders. Before I spend 150 just on the vet visit and the vet tells me to give him glucosamine, in their anything that anybody has tried that will help his joints?
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Our 11 year old Pug has been having problems with his front legs after laying down for even short periods of time. You might want to look into Synovi G3, found at Amazon.com. It has Glucasamine and MSM and seems to be helping so far (only 2 weeks into it.) Good luck!
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We were just talking about this at my marina. There's a lobsterman from Maine traveling with his lab. Seems he has an 11 year old back home who had the same thing. Seems that his nephew is a vet and there's a new med that turned his lab back like a pup. I'll see him tomorrow and post back the name of it.
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I have an 12 year old golden who is arthritic in his hips and shoulders. Before I spend 150 just on the vet visit and the vet tells me to give him glucosamine, in their anything that anybody has tried that will help his joints?
Vet will most likely perscribe Deramaxx or Rimadyl and/or Adequine injections. I had an old lab and it kept her going for a while. Glucosamine will help too. Unfortunately it's a downhill run, but all the above will help. Rimadyl seemed like the most effective treatment for my old lab. There is also a company called Acell that has a revolutionary treatment . . . but it's not available yet for most animals.


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Old 02-06-2010, 04:08 PM
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Try some good ole' WalMart Fish Oil Capsules...suggested to be by a vet's assistant....1000mgs a day has worked wonders on our 10yo black lab.
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I have a 15 year old akitia,we give her norvorx,same as rimadyl only cheaper.Petmeds,give it twice aday works real well. This is the answer to your problem,and these dogs are getting old.Love them they won,t last forever.
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Get your dog some Dasuquin. It's not cheap, but we give it to our 10 year black lab, and it's literally a night and day difference.
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Get your dog some Dasuquin. It's not cheap, but we give it to our 10 year black lab, and it's literally a night and day difference.
Darn it, I just bought another 3 month supply Glyco-Flex III for Thelma (my 8 year old golden), I will try Dasuquin next. The Glyco-Flex has been a big help for her, like night and day as well, but I would like to try for hopefully even better results, theres room for more improvement. She has it in her back knees, before she was obviously in pain all the time, could barely get up. Now she doesn't show any signs of discomfort or limping until after about 2 miles, she can jump onto the back seat of the Tahoe (but shes getting a big boost from me). Can no longer climb up the swim platform on the boat either... Rips my heart out. I give her 1/2 of a 325mg asprin when she exhibits pain and thats a big help
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Baby aspirin.
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Darn it, I just bought another 3 month supply Glyco-Flex III for Thelma (my 8 year old golden), I will try Dasuquin next. The Glyco-Flex has been a big help for her, like night and day as well, but I would like to try for hopefully even better results, theres room for more improvement. She has it in her back knees, before she was obviously in pain all the time, could barely get up. Now she doesn't show any signs of discomfort or limping until after about 2 miles, she can jump onto the back seat of the Tahoe (but shes getting a big boost from me). Can no longer climb up the swim platform on the boat either... Rips my heart out. I give her 1/2 of a 325mg asprin when she exhibits pain and thats a big help
Aspirin never really helped our dog. Even with it she would get stiff and was barely able to get up. With this stuff, she is ready to go for a run!

It's much easier on her stomach and liver than the aspirin and pain relievers as well.
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We have a 10 year old female black lab that has the same problem in her hips and her knees. Two years ago she was to the point that she could not get up and down the steps alone any longer. We took her to the vet and she was prescribed Duramaxx which helped her with the pain but she would frequently throw up after we gave it to her.

The vet also told us to start giving her glucosamine daily. We give her 2 Propet daily vitamin supplement pills, and 4 Propet glucosamine w/ joint care pills every morning. The pills are flavored so every morning after potty time she comes in and sits on front of the cabinet waiting for her pills. It's like she knows how much they are helping her.

It wasn't an immediate change but I would say we started to notice a difference within about 2 months in her mobility. Now it's been 2+ years and she can get up and down the steps by herself, she acts like she did 6-7 years ago when we first started to notice her hip/knee problem in the beginning. There is no question in my mind that we would have probably had to put her down by now if we would not have started giving her the glucosamine and other vitamins.

Do yourself and your dog a favor and start her on these pills immediately. It will take probably 2-3 months before you notice much of a change but it will happen. We have not given our dog Duramaxx after the 30 pills ran out, nothing but the glucosamine and vitamins.

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Thelma was prescribed Rimadyl when they diagnosed her. The difference was almost immediate (within a couple days) and amazing. But it apparently isn't something they can stay on. The glucosamine, and two 81mg asprin when needed were the long term recommendation from the vet.
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13 year old German Shepherd. Rimadyl keeps him going and have a blood test 3 times a year to check for liver problems. Tried baby aspirin but it gave him the shits.
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13 year old German Shepherd. Rimadyl keeps him going and have a blood test 3 times a year to check for liver problems. Tried baby aspirin but it gave him the shits.
How long has he been on the Rimadyl?
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Such a common problem for older labs, many of the treatments help but ultimately there is no stopping the aging process. Eventually the pain becomes too much for them and you'll be faced with that terrible decision........
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switch to a large breed dog food its loaded with glucosomine it will help and head to a vitamin shop and get a glucosomine/condrotian supplement it will help I give it to my bullmastiff and it helps her out allot, is you pooch over weight if they are try getting them to drop some lbs that will also help them allot also
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I have an 12 year old golden who is arthritic in his hips and shoulders. Before I spend 150 just on the vet visit and the vet tells me to give him glucosamine, in their anything that anybody has tried that will help his joints?
Blufishing, I had a rotti that at around 10 years he started with severe hip and joint pain. Each morning when he woke he would wimper until he got moving...Broke my heart...I started giving him Osteo BiFlex for people from Walgreens or Eckerds....
Blue, it made him a new dog after a week or so. He lived until 14 years with no more wimpering b/c of joint pain...Try it, I hope it works for you as it did for me..
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Metacam - It's a canine anti imfamatory drug. Down side is that you need a prestription to get it. Once my vet prescribed it, all I have to do is call them and they will refill. All I have to do is go back and keep her shots up to date which I did any way. It costs $50-60 per bottle and lasts about 2 months. With out it I believe she would have been gone 2 years ago, because she was in extreme pain.

She could hardly move and now she is like a puppy again. I'm thinking of trying it myself.
Metacam and Viagra together could make the golden years really golden!!!!
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I've got an 11 year old yellow lab mix that has been on Rimadyl for a while now. It seems to work really well. We give him that two times a week, and he gets glucosamine daily. He still has some problems now and again, but for the most part, he's in good shape.
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