As a puppy, my Golden Retriever had very loose hips, as is common with Retrievers. I read several articles that suggested high doses of vitamin C and others that recommended glucosomine and condroitin.
I started my dog with 2000 mg of Ester-C for 3 days , then 1000 mg for 3 days, and then 500 mg a day. I also give her an omega-3 fish oil gelcap, and 500 mg of glucosomine sulfate daily.
My vet was amazed at the improvement. My dog is 7 years old now, and has strong hip joints.
This has worked for me and my dog. You should research yourself and check with your vet before starting any such program.
Source: This is just one article in my research:
By vin from AZ
You are definitely on the right track with the supplements. I used to have a Labrador who was attacked by a dog when she was three years old. She broke her pelvis which started a long battle with arthritis. To start her vet was giving cortisone injections to reduce the inflammation and pain, but having had personal experience with steroids, I decided to try a safer approach. I was giving Ebony pretty much the same meds that you are using, and had near miraculous results.
Even my vet was amazed at the difference.In fact I started using the same stuff myself! Ebony has since passed away, but we 'inherited' a beautiful 7 year old caramel Border Collie who had been beaten from a young age. She also suffered spinal injuries and I have been treating her with high doses of fish oil and glucosamine/condroitin in her food. I still get a top up injection monthly during cool months, from the vet of Cartrophen (NOT cortisone!) and she is doing extremely well. Everyone out there..even just add a capsule of fish oil a day to your dogs' food and you will see many benefits. Something so simple, so inexpensive and SO effective! Cheer, Vicki
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