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Flash, my one and a half year old rescue (65+ lbs of pure muscle), has recently been diagnosed with arthritus in his hips. On somewhat bad days he'll have a slow struting walk. On really bad days his rear end shivers and he limps considerably.

Upon getting the diagnosis, we went straight to the drug store and picked him up some 500/400mg Glucosamine/Chondroitin tablets. He's been on them for a few weeks now and there is definately an improvement.

The initial supply of pills I picked up for him is beginning to dwindle and I've been looking through my various doggie catalogs for a dog-specific replacement/refill (preferably something I don't have to hide in peanut butter). However, I am completely overwhelmed with the options availible. Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Vitamin C, Manganese, Kelp, MSM, Omega Fatty Acids, Bromelain, Feverfew, Quercetain...

What works? What's necessary? What should I avoid? What's the best that you've come across?

Help please! & Thanks!
 
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Ok, question for you on this. Last night, my vet just put our Lab on something, similar to what you are mentioning but for the life of me, I cannot remember the name. Cinny was put on it because she has problems with her knee and has now developed arthritis at the young age of 3.
This supply they gave me is approx. 2 months worth for $29. Are there things out there that I can get like you said, at say Walgreens, for less? But then how do I know what amount to give?
I will look to see what they put her on and will let you know.
 
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The specialist that did my Lab's elbow dysplasia surgery prescribed Glycoflex 3. Manufactured by Vetri-Science Laboratories of Vermont. Also for pain Ascriptin. He's almost 100 lbs. and she said 2 tablets up to 2 times a day. The thing with nutroceuticals is unlike pharmeceuticals there is no regulation or standard so the quality and quantity of actual gluc/condroit/whatever is unknown. Glycoflex 3 is available at either petmeds.com or petvetdirect.com. Good luck, Belinda.
 

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Jennifer,

Sorry for the tardy reply but I have been insanely busy lately.

Anyway, my vet told us just to put Flash on 500mg of Glucosamine daily. (I think the dosage is dependant on weight - Flash weighs about 65 lbs., and NONE of that is fat!) The vet also said getting a Glucosamine/Chondroitin combo would be better still, but didn't specify a miminum dosage of Chondroitin.

So, I just stopped by the local Rite Aid (drug store), went to their vitamin isle, and grabbed a botle of Glucosamine/Chondroitin 250mg/200mg capsules.

I don't know where you live, but here in Michigan it seems that every other week or so the local stores have 'Buy one get one free' sales on their vitamins. Since the darn things are $10-$12 per bottle of 60 pills (if it's generic/drug store brand) I go when the sales hit so it only costs me about $12.00 for two bottles.

It's a bit of a pain to get Flash to take them, which is why I've been investigating a "doggie specific" alternative. Matt, my fiance, can just throw the capsules down the back of Flash's throat and he'll take them, but he's less cooperative for me. I usually end up breaking out the peanut butter or wrapping them in a piece of lunchmeat.

Hope this helps!
 
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Cinny is on Cosequin Powder, with it being 1/4 tsp, 2 times per day on her food. I believe this is the same thing you are mentioning, or at least similar.
I am going to ask the vet about getting her something at the drug store in the vitamin isle because if I remember correctly, that could be an option and perhaps a tad bit cheaper.
Good to know though that others are dealing with similar issues with knee problems in their dogs.
 

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Many over the counter supplement when tested at independent labs to not meet there advertized values it is one big reason to spend more on products that have actually under gone independant testing to assay the values of effective ingredients and better yet clinical trial to prove effectiveness however this is rare in the supplement market. Cosequin is one of tyhe few to have double blind studies, while there is some doubt becase funding for the studies was by the manufacture it is still a far better bet than some off brand off the shelf.

SEE Product Review: Joint Supplements (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM) BY CONSUMER lABS
or look for the Consumer Labs seal
 
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So in other words, Toughynutter, stick with what the vet is providing us and we will possibly have better results although may spend a bit more? The money part is not so much an issue for us if we know that there is not something out there that will work the same, for a significant reduced price.
I looked on the link you provided and Cosequin was not listed there. Am I not seeing something or am I misunderstanding something?
Jennifer
 

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of course not cosequin is specifically market to animals not humans but is made by Nutrimax the makers of Cosamin DS which is listed'


link to cosequin studes click here
 
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Thanks for the link. I think she is already a tad bit better--maybe that is just me being overly hopeful. I just hate seeing such a young dog being in pain from something like this.
 
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