Horsetail herb. Mostly silica. Keeps tissues connected, I think.
Very interesting information, thank you so much for sharing the experience and research.
My 5month baby Ella was diagnosed with hip dysplasia after a knee injury (torn ligament), the outcome of a very nasty fall after an adventurous attempt of jumping obstcules (silly girl) me and the vet decided to do the X-Ray with the excuse of this injured although we didn't really needed it to do diagnose. So on her 5month birthday Ella was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. The vet started her immediately on Synoquin for medium breed (loading dose) and ordered Synoquin Growth (glucosamine HCI combined with Chondroitin) for dogs that will be over 25kg adult weight.
We live in Macau and let's just say large breed dogs are not common except on the expats that bring them from their origin countries, reputable breeders is pretty much an illusion so getting anything suitable for a golden is not easy from toys to beds and food these people are into toy dogs
I've seen a good improvement on her morning stiffness and we are trying to teach her how to swim in the beach (small waves) to improve her muscles, I'm thinking what else can we do to improve her life quality.
Considering adding fish oil as supplement and maybe vitamin C and E but I confess I'm a bit confused with dosage etc. wondering if Sarah would be kind enough on mentioning some brands
Ella is now 5 months and half 22kilos and adorable
Supplements, etc. for Arthritis/Joint Problems
Reading through the threads here, it's easy to see that joint problems (be they hip or elbow dysplasia, cruciate injuries, or just plain arthritis from advanced age) are a common source of questions. As my own young dog was recently diagnosed and treated for elbow dysplasia, I've been doing a lot of research on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to determine what supplements (if any) have merit for my girl who is only a year old and already has DJD (dengerative joint disease). Here's what I have come up with from VIN as far as supplements:
Some supplements have been proven to reduce inflammation. Individual supplements can be efficacious in individual dogs - not every supplement will produce profound results in every dog. Because of their very natures, the supplements listed below are extremely unlikely to have unpleasant side effects so their potential to help far outweighs their potential to harm. Collectively, they are recommended as a first line of defense in all dogs with DJD. In fact the following supplement are so benign, that most of them would be entirely appropriate to give to dogs not currently suffering from, but at increased risk of developing, DJD.
1. Glycosaminoglycans: Glycosaminoglycans are a source of cartilage-matrix molecules which are the components and precursors to cell synthesis, increase the production of synovial fluid, and neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals.
A. Adequan® injections. The label dose is twice weekly for 8 doses. Many veterinarians will continue to maintain their DJD patients with injections every 1 to 4 months (or more often in severe cases).
-Adequan® injections will reach adequate blood and tissue levels much quicker than oral products.
B. Oral Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplements. These should start at the same time as the Adequan injections. By the time the semi-weekly Adequan® injections are completed, the oral supplements have had time to achieve sufficient blood levels.
-The joint products made by Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. (Cosequin® and Dasuquin®) are the only ones that have credible efficacy data in dogs, but that does not mean that other products are not effective. You do need to be careful as many products do not actually contain the stated amounts of supplement.
2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Fish oil, or more specifically EPA and DHA, has been proven to decrease inflammation and is helpful in most inflammatory processes (DJD, allergies, cancer, etc.).
A. The anti-inflammatory dose of fish oil is approximately 300mg of combined EPA/DHA per 10 pounds of body weight. This is typically one 1000-1200mg fish oil capsule per 10 pounds.
B. Some fish oil supplements have been shown to contain unacceptably high levels of mercury and other contaminants. You can check the rating of a potential fish oil supplement at the following sites:
-Environmental Defense Fund: http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16536
-International Fish Oil Standards: IFOS Home | The International Fish Oil Standards Program
3. Antioxidants: Antioxidants neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals which can start chain reactions that damage cells.
A. A general antioxidant supplement should contain components such as bioflavonoids, vitamins E and C, selenium, zinc, and manganese which are all good antioxidants.
B. Vitamin E: This fat soluble vitamin is not only a powerful antioxidant but will also help with the absorption and utilization of fish oils.
-Natural (d-alpha) vitamin E is more efficacious than synthetic (dl-alpha).
-Large dogs should receive approximately 400 IU per day (smaller dogs, approximately 200 IU). Many general antioxidant supplements contain some vitamin E, but the amounts included are unlikely to reach the recommended level of vitamin E, so supplementary quantities can be given to achieve the desired level.
C. Vitamin C: This water soluble vitamin is another powerful antioxidant.
-Dogs naturally produce vitamin C, but given the possible benefit and the lack of potential harm, adding additional vitamin C may be prudent. Excess vitamin C will be eliminated in the urine.
-Large dogs can receive 1000mg or more per day (small dogs, 500mg); ideally split into morning and evening doses as vitamin C is quickly eliminated from the body.
-Massive doses have been known to cause loose stools so it is advisable to slowly increase vitamin C supplementation to the desired level.
D. S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e): SAM-e has been shown to improve cartilage metabolism. It has also increases glutathione levels, especially in the liver (glutathione is a natural antioxidant).
-Denosyl® and Denamarin® are the only brands of SAM-e researched in U.S. trials for dogs and cats.
-After an induction period (perhaps one 30-day supply), it is reasonable to decrease the dose to every other day or twice weekly due to the significant cost of daily supplementation.
-An added benefit is protecting the liver from the potentially harmful effects of NSAIDs, if the DJD progresses to the point where these drugs are needed.
4. Niacinamide (aka Nicotinamide): This water soluble B vitamin has demonstrated some anti-inflammatory properties. Note that Niacinamide is not the same as Niacin.
-Large dogs should receive 500mg per day; small dogs, 250mg per day.
5. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): MSM is potentially anti-inflammatory. It may not help, but is extremely unlikely to harm. It is included in some glucosamine/chondroitin products.
None of the above supplements have been proven to prevent the development of DJD. Dogs are notoriously good at hiding the early signs of DJD, though, so early supplementation could potentially achieve the result of having physiologic levels of the supplements in the body when the first damage is done, long before the dog exhibits clear signs of DJD. Therefore, dogs at risk of developing DJD may potentially benefit from supplementation with oral glucosamine/chondroitin supplements (+/- MSM), fish oil (perhaps drop the dose to half the anti-inflammatory dose), and a general antioxidant supplement with supplemental vitamins E and possibly C.
Help...any advice very welcome.
We took our beautiful 17 month old golden retriever to have her hips and elbows X-rayed/scored as we wondered about breeding from her.
We received some devastating news. Her elbows are fine but her hips are terrible, they said both hips are very bad and her hips score was 85!
We obviously will not be breeding from her now, but we are very concerned about her further. The vet said just see how she goes as she is not showing any signs of pain and is very fit. She is slim and happy and has very good muscle around her hips.
Do you think we should put her on vitamins... look at operating or just see how she goes?
We want to make her life as happy/pain free as possible, and wonder if seeking interventions now would be sensible or silly as she isnot suffering?
Also, I was wondering if we should get her spayed, someone said not to as she will need her hormones to help with her hip strength and having her spayed can cause other problems?
I wouldn't call that struggling to get up by viewing your link. Supplements certainly have benefits. In the meantime just give him a rest.George is healthy and happy but after one day at the beach he limped for one day and since does this struggle to stand from lying down... He does play happily and walks normally too, no sign of discomfort.
We realized he had also been to the agility part 3 times in a week, could he have pulled something or should I be worried about more serious hip problems/arthritis?
Hip Dyplasia? Arthritis? Or just achy? - Gfycat
Please watch the video and let me know what you think. Would supplements be enough to help him out?