Our dog, Bandit has always been pretty active for an older dog. A couple of months ago he stopped his normal activities (he usually tries to beat me to my side of the bed) and would literally cry out when we'd put a leash on him. I really thought there was no hope.
My daughter picked up a bottle of Hartz Advanced Care Joint Maintenance at Walmart and in days there was a noticeable difference. Now he's back to his old self and we're back to racing to see who gets the bed first. I guess dogs can suffer as much from arthritis as a human.
By Sharon, KY
I use ground glucosamine and msm in my dogs' food daily. I grind them with a mortar and pestle and put them in milk or canned dog food, just enough to hide the pill taste. One pill each for each dog. My 18 year old is still mobile and almost without pain. When the damp hits, I give her aspirin in a hot dog. Corky is a 18 year old Collie Shepherd cross and Casper is a 9 year old Sheltie (04/25/2005)
By Susan from Hamilton
You can order glucosamine capsules for pets from HealthSmart Vitamins.com and they'll probably be cheaper than the Hartz you're now buying. It's worth checking in to. I have been giving them to my 10-year old Shitzu/Pekingese mix for over a year now. When I got him from the local humane society, he could hardly walk. Now, he's bouncing around like a puppy! I'm also giving it to my 7-year old Pomeranian too, hopefully, keep him from getting crippled by arthritis. (04/25/2005)
I have two dogs plagued with hip problems. Every morning they each get 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Knox Nutrajoint in a tablespoon of yogurt, which is dropped on their dry food. One dog was on the verge of very expensive surgery when I opted to try this first. I'm very glad I did; she runs like a puppy again. (04/25/2005)
By Melinda from GA
We have 3 Rat terriers. Two are 10 years old and the other one is 7 years old. I started them on glucosamine chondroitin about a year ago. They each get 1/2 ounce of liquid Joint Care each evening. I just put it on a saucer for them and they lap it up. When I say "medicine time", they line up with wagging tails. I buy a 32 ounce bottle at Sam's Club, and it goes a long way. I believe that it is cheaper than what you find in the pet supplies.
Harlean from AR (04/26/2005)
You can, most definitely, give your dog buffered aspirin. I checked with my vet to make sure. I believe it is 1 aspirin for every 60 lbs. I hope I get this URL right, but I think you can find a lot of useful information on vetinfo.com. I give Lewis an aspirin in the morning and one in the evening. He is 65 lbs.
Our dog is 14 1/2 years old, and he still "demands" his walks, but is not doing as well as he used to. I got him the glucosamine and he spits them out, even when I hide it in food.
The aspirin really helps and there are a lot of human OTC things you can give to dogs. As always, though, you can check with you vet. Good luck with the dog. (05/01/2005)
We buy Hartz Joint Care for our Lab and she hasn't limped since starting! A lot cheaper than the prescription Rimadyl from our vet. Our dog is 6, and still plays like a puppy now! (09/11/2007)
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