Senior Dogs and Arthritis Supplements (9 replies)
As you know, our dog Pip is 13 now and struggles with some arthritis in his legs-some days he's a little old man and doesn't want to walk or go up and down the stairs much, while other days, he's young and frisky and races back to the house after doing his business tugging me along at the other end of the leash. Friends of ours give their Greyhound fish oil pills in his food daily. Our vet gave us a sample bottle of Rimadyl to try, but I'd like to try all natural supplements first. Does anyone use any natural supplements to help ease the pain of arthritis? What's worked? Thanks!
Karen, unfortunately I never used supplements for my Gypsy's arthritis, she always had the good painkillers -- mainly because she had so much going on with her that she needed the help with pain management. My best advice is to ask your vet what he thinks about supplements. Supplements are becoming more mainstream so a lot of vets are "boning up" on what makes them good or bad for pets.
I'm curious to see if there are supplements that can help dogs with arthritis. I imagine that there would be because their physiology isn't that much different than ours.
There are no natural remedies which give pain relief, but there are some good supplements out there. These help by conditioning the joints and increasing the viscosity of joint fluid, making for better lubrication and smoother movement. I would say any dog that limps is potentially in pain, which is where the rimadyl would be good to try. Watch for an improvement in the dog's mood, as if she's feeling better for no longer being in pain.
With regards to supplements, chondroitin and glucosamine are the big ones - best given together. Also, a supplement called Yumove has been through the equivalent of clinical trials (by the Royal Veterinary College in London), and been shown to be effective. I believe one of the active ingredients in this is green lipped mussel extract - so nice to see an older remedy getting modern day approval.
I'm a great believer in physiotherapy and massage, as well as heat therapy.
Good luck at keeping those old joints moving!
Hi.. I Found this on Amazon hope this will be helpful to you and to your dog.. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Glucosamine-Joint-Supplement-Dogs/dp/B00V3C2BJ2 I used this for my senoir dog who has Joint problem..
Thank you so much Carrie:) And, I'm sorry to say, but our sweet Pip got Pancreatic Cancer and got really sick around the holidays and unfortunately is no longer with us. I wish you well with your senior dog -- your furry friend is so blessed to have a caretaker who takes great care of their needs.
Probably the best supplements for joint health is Omega-3 oil! But be aware when buying supplements online because most of them are of very low quality and will not do anything good for your dog. I have tried many Omega-3 oils in the past for my dog and none of them had shown any positive effect until my cousin advised me to try an Omega-3 oil from a company called Ample Nutrition. I definitely recommend trying them out and see how it will help your dog’s joint health and flexibility like it has helped with mine.
Hope this helped.
Thank you so much for your help, Steve. I'm sorry to say that our precious Pip, passed on in early January of Pancreatic Cancer. So glad you've had great results with your dog 🙂 Wishing you continued success.
So sorry to hear about your loss of Pip & his arthritis. The worst part of owning a dog truly is that you will have to say goodbye some day. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers.
If you have friends that have issues with their pets having arthritis, I'd strongly recommend checking out Alpha Dog Nutrition. They're a relatively new company, but they are rolling out an entire series on how to help your dog with arthritis, and they've got some highly qualified people doing the talking.
I've been chatting with them a bit on how to help our 6 year old setter prevent arthritis the best we can (he's a hunting dog that gets a lot of exercise), and it sounds like they're eventually going to cover everything from what causes it, to what exercises you can do to help them, to what you can do for them nutritionally to help. They're very targeted to highly active hunting dogs, but a lot of the information is still relevant for the average house dog as well.
Karen, I'm sorry to hear about Pip. Sad news indeed.
Thank you all for your help, compassion, kind thoughts and expressions of sorrow...we appreciate your kindness 🙂 It's never easy to lose a beloved pet and I feel his loss more intimately as he was my constant shadow. Now, a little more than a year later, sometimes I still think I hear Pip sigh, whine, or snore.
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