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My girlfriend just adopted this puppy from the S.P.C.A. Chase (we think he might be crossed with a pitbull...?) and the previous owner had kicked him ~ breaking his elbow! So now he needs an operation to re-break the bone and re-set it. They say he might have to be on Glucosamine for the rest of his life...

So I looked around and I found an extremely good site that tells all about the good and the bad on many drugs we have to give our animals. Glucosamine It also compares many brands and gives you a rating. Very informative!!!
post #2 of 12
Thanks Tamme!
post #3 of 12
Aw, Chase is so cute! It does look like he's got some pit in him, but in my experience that will just make him a fantastic pet. Good job to your friend who adopted a puppy in need.
post #4 of 12
Glucosamine is also great for us humans too! It's been known to help rebuild the cartilage in your joints and helps a lot of people with arthritis.
post #5 of 12
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Shell, I thought the name was familiar. A lot of the residents at my work use it. But I guess you need the right brand... What about somebody who has had knee surgury? Darrell often has knee pain even after his surgury. What do you think?
post #6 of 12
It is mainly used for joint pain, so I would assume that it could do some good for his knee. My Mom had some problems (mainly the cartilage was wearing thin and was causing discomfort & pain) with her knees a few years ago and the Doc told her to get some Glucosamine and Chondrotin (usually you can get both drugs together in one pill) & also get some Gelatin tablets. She started taking those and within the next month, she was painfree. It doesn't work for everyone, but a lot of people swear by this stuff. It surely couldn't do any harm, unless you're allergic to it or etc. I do know that diabetics are not recommended to take this with out their Dr's ok (it will raise their blood sugars) & people who are allergic to shellfish are not to take this either.

I know there are several brands on the market and several different strengths with several different price ranges. Our most popular one at our Pharmacy is the Spring Valley brand Glucosamine & Chondrotin. I believe it is roughly $15 for 120 pills.??? Honestly, you can pay a boat load for a product like Osteo Bi Flex & get the same exact ingredients in a different brand for half the cost. You just need to read the ingredients and start comparing the labels.

OH btw, the Gelatin tablets help lubricate the joints and the other two help build the cartilage up in the joints. Another good thing about Gelatin, it makes your fingernails hard and make them grow quicker. All three of these medications are natural medications too so that is a plus also!
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I just put our shepherd on a product called Arthrix. Until about a few weeks ago, we thought we were going to have to make a tough decision and put Kenai down, due to the fact that she could barely move, had no energy and couldn't get in and out of the truck by herself. She is only 3 years old! She has a rare bone disorder- so because of my work on Meowhoo.com I ran across the website KALA Health and read up on Arthrix.

She is now playing with us, walking with me to feed the horses, not laying in her cage hurting. Also this dog who hates dog biscuits and is hard to pill, scarfs these things up like candy! She gets 6 a day, 3 in the morning, 3 at night. I am so glad I found this website!

If you click on www.meowhoo.com and look at the animated banners, KALA Health is there. Anyone with an arthritic pet, I highly and completely recommend this product!
post #8 of 12
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Wow Hissy! That's great! I'm so glad something was able to help Kenai. How long until you noticed it was taking effect?
post #9 of 12
it was right at two weeks before she started wanting to get out of her kennel- she slept in it all the time with the door open. Usually when we go somewhere, she is right with us, but until she started these pills, she would just lie there and not want to go. Also when she was lying down, she would whine almost continuously as if to say "I hurt." She doesn't do that any more either-
post #10 of 12
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two weeks eh? that's not too bad. I read it could take a lot longer. I'm so happy for you!
post #11 of 12
Tamme, the first thing I want to say is that your girlfriend is an angel for adopting Chase and helping him so that his leg wouldn't have to be amputated. He is an adorable puppy and it blows my mind that anyone could intentionally harm anything that sweet and adorable. Chase is finally getting the life he deserves and that warms my heart tremendously.

Kudos to your girlfriend, and CONGRATULATIONS to Chase!!!
post #12 of 12
Thanks for the link! Very informative! I'm so glad that little guy got adopted! He's so cute!
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