I've been doing alot of reading about Chan's knee surgery and found some interesting information regarding the use of glucosamine. Of course everything sounded wonderful.
Like a wonder drug! Aids in healing ligaments and helps arthritic dogs walk again without pain. Some people even started using it before their dog's orthopaedic surgery to speed up the healing process.
Reading is great, but has anybody had any personal experience with it?
Yep, Affen takes it for her hips and it is noticable how much comfortable she is when she does take it. We missed a couple of weeks when we were moving back to the US and we could tell that she wasn't as happy as usual.
Just check to make sure of the right dosage for such a small doggy.
Glucosamine is fantastic, I can't boast about it enough!!
I have an elderly rough collie which is on glucosamine and I have seen a definite improvement with him. I also take glucosamine and it has worked wonders for my knees, too much stretching and exercising has caused some damage and the pain was quite bad on certain days and since I have started taking it I no longer feel any pain on my knees; same can be said of people that I know that take it for themselves. My collie is 12yo and he has a new lease on life ever since taking this; I highly recommend it for dogs.
muffin our 14 year old silky terrier was just recently diagnosed with arthritis. she has started taking glucosamine. she takes half a capsule a day because she is a small dog 9 pounds. she has only had about 3 days in her whole life where she has showed us that she has anything wrong with her. anyways i thought she was dying the day we found out she had arthritis (before i knew what was wrong) anyways she seemed much better once we started her on her medicine....although today she seemed a little stiff.
anyways i think that it would be a good idea to start chandler on it....if anything it wouldn't hurt him if it didn't work...but i think that it will help. good luck.
I use a glucosamine/chondroitin combination medication, It is wonderful!!! It seems to be the wonder drug for a Min Pin of ours as well. We have a Min Pin boy that we got from another breeder in Oregon....we live in Ohio now. He has genetic issues from his knees...not severe enough to operate, but to still cause discomfort, arthritis at 6 yrs old, and a defect in his back, causing him to hunch, which also cuts off some feeling to his back legs. He hobbled/drug his back legs for months, with me bathing him mutiple times a day because he would urinate on his own chest from the hunch. He could pull forward, but would fall backward from lack of feeling....well, the vet said that this med would not help him........he has been on the glucosamine/chondroiton for about 7 months now. We could tell a difference from a month after beginning it. He is so mobile!!! He has even began to jump on the sofa again, which he hasnt been able to do for a long time!!!! He also gets an aspirin a day...which he was getting before the other med anyway, we never increased the aspirin dose (81 MG/day) despite the Vets recommendation to go to 2 times a day. (wanted to see which was helping) And wow, ..........I understand that this will not be a 'cure all' for every dog, but it sure made a world of difference in ours!
I have one of my rescues who was a Luxating Patella sufferer (she's post surgery) on it and it's made a BIG difference. My Dad also has his 12 (almost 13) year old English Springer on it as she's been pretty creaky the last couple of years and it helps her a lot. If he forgets to give it to her, you can really see it in how she moves. There are a lot of good Glucosamine supplements made for canines. I like Cosequin, which is what I use for my Sheltie. She also REALLY likes it and thinks it's a treat :).
You can go to WalMart to buy it. I prefer the combo with MSM. One of my guys did the patella & cruciate thing. It took months of rest but it completely rebuilt & all is well. He went from not being able to walk to running & playing.
I have used it for myself & can tell you my joint pain went from a 10 to 0 in a couple days with it.
I have also heard wonderful things about Ester-C for dogs.
I agree with you sugegone about the Rimadyl, it's a no go and yet vets are forever prescribing it; my vet recommended it for my rough collie but I refused to go with it and instead am sticking with the glucosamine and it's working wonders, vet seems to think that there are no side effects with Rimadyl but all the literature about it says otherwise!! I hate to think of the number of people and animals that are currently on Rimadyl when there is a much more natural alternative.
I agree with everyone. I started my arthritic poodle on it a few years ago, then added MSM. It helped noticably. My gal is getting older now though. I also started Lilly on both gluc-chon-MSM about a month and a half before surgery on her knee. She is doing perfectly. Go for it. You don't have to buy the most expensive stuff either. Just compare the mg's og each ingrediant. I use Phyto- Seatecs Greens for seniors. Something like that. Hard to find, much like Missing Link which is very popular. You could go nuts mulling thru those products. I add the MSM powder. I bought a tub of it and it has lasted maybe about 2 years, maybe longer. about $20 some odd dollars for the MSM.