My twelve year old has arthritis in her knees. She has been on Glucosamine/Chondroitin since she was eight and we use Metacam as needed. Our vet recommended she be put on Deramaxx but after reading some of the scary stuff about the side effects we decided to try and manage by other means. Swimming helps out a lot. We are at the beach at least three times a week from May to September. Two to three short walks around the block also help to keep her limber. I recently switched her to a grain free food and she seems to have more energy and get around better. This could be all in my head but it really seems to be making a difference...
My sweetheart Molson who is quickly approaching 15 has hip dysplasia, spinal nerve damage and you can throw in arthritis. At this stage of the game, he is on pain management plus...the tramadol 150 mg 3x's a day, certainly keeps him comfortable, he never whimpers like he had when he wasn't on it. he is also on metacam 35kg and glucosamin/chondrotin, all this helps. We know all about side effects but so far so good. And he uses the Hip Hammock (Animal Assistance Products) to help him walk and keep active, which and I hate sounding like an infomercial but is a walking support I developed for Molson to help him thrive. And most important I believe for dogs with joint issues to keep him mobile and moving to help keep him limber or as limber as possible! He is happy, hungry and bright eyed! Right now sitting on our front porch talking to the neighbours.
We use Duralactin with our rottweiller--he's been on it for a couple of years now and has done great on it. I like that it does not need a prescription and I can get it on-line. The results were evident within a week or two of starting him on it.
I also give him and my other two goldens (for preventative purposes) a glucosamine supplement.
I know exactly what your going through, my Golden, Colby has had arthritis since he was 6. We feed him a special brand of food made for older dogs. When we asked the vet he said that although made for dogs a little bit older than him, it would be the easiest on his stomach and help the most consistantly with his arthritis.
Our 10 year old Golden Ret. Smooch and our 9 year old Samoyed, Snobear get glucosamine - 750 mg. to each dog
daily and Smooch used to get shots of Rimadyl daily given by my husband.
Ken said it was easy and Smooch took them so well.
Recently our vet said she does not need them anymore.
Thank you all so much. Wow--I am new to this group and it is so great to have other people to exchange ideas with. I had heard about the glucosamine but not about the Duralactin--what is it? Can you tell me more about it? My neighbor is a huge Golden lover and fan of this website www.askariel.com so I ordered an arthritis product from them called Arthrosoothe because she said it really worked. I will let you know if it helps. Can you please let me know more about the Duralactin.