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Supplements / Joint Supplements
« on: Jan 10, 2017, 12:51 »
Supplements. Feels like a minefield!

Rocky has bilateral luxating patellae, and had surgery on both legs a couple of years ago. Im not convinced there has been much improvement, as the joints still feel incredibly unstable...thankfully, he manages just fine, and doesnt seem to have too much trouble at present. A locum put his foot in it, and suggested that the surgery should have been done differently, and i now agree. Never mind, i wont be putting him through it again in a hurry.  :(

Anyway, he has been on Synoquin for a year. For reasons beyond my control, this had to stop a few months ago, and I started him on Turmeric paste for a while. I can honestly say that I didnt notice much difference on the turmeric, but hes certainly been less keen to jump onto furniture since the Synoquin stopped.

I read somewhere on here about the essential ingredients required in a good joint supplement. Ill find that thread, and add it to this if I can.

Dogs suffering with achey joints, struggling with long walks could benefit from using a food supplement. My dog is really old and I wish I had started using a supplement earlier may have given the poor old dog more of a chance. Find one which contains hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin to help aid joint support and repair.

Im led to believe that Synoquin is the only supplement that has been clinically proven to help. And is the only one containing mamalian sources of chondroitin (more easily absorbed than marine sources, such as green lipped mussel), and also contains glucosamine. ...I looked into this over a year ago now, and not sure if these details have changed? Ive just read that it contains Dexahan (highly concentrated krill oil). Edit: I need to relook at this, I may be getting my info confused - Most joint supplements contain marine sources of chondroitin, including Synoquin, which makes me question whether it may be the other way around! Oops!  ::) There is no additional need for Omega 3 with Synoquin, however. Some like to give this alongside other supplements such as Yumove, and Seroquin

Anyway, Im just wondering what supplements others use, and if they have clearly noticed a difference? How? Why?


General discussion / Re: Anal Gland Issues
« on: Sep 09, 2015, 15:01 »
I would say 2-3 is "normal", 4 is becoming too soft.

with the firmness of 2-3 the glands should be self-emptying, the stools press on the glands every time they go and should naturally empty them.

In some dogs the glands can be in a less then ideal position and no matter what, the stools will never press on them, though the fact that its both of them and one was OK before would tend to rule that out for one of them.

if you think a little extra fibre would help, then you could try butternut squash or pumpkin puree, this helps regulate against diarrhoea and constipation as the fibre absorbs moisture from the wet stools if runny, or holds a little back from being absorbed if too firm.

other than that it would be best for you to contact the office by phone and maybe speak to the nutritionist so he can look into things in more detail with you.

Thank you, Ive been on poo patrol all week, and agree. The way their poos are, their AGs should be expressing themselves without an issue. I appreciate Rocky may just be one of those dogs with issues, God knows he has plenty of other things going on, thanks to dodgey genetics. Ill see how they go, and if things dont improve, give the office a call.

General discussion / Re: Anal Gland Issues
« on: Sep 07, 2015, 12:56 »
Deffinitley 2-3.

I dont think there is usually anything wrong with their poo, to be honest. Id have thought, if it were the food causing the problem, their 'poo points' would score more on the high side?

General discussion / Re: Anal Gland Issues
« on: Sep 07, 2015, 11:42 »
They're firm enough that they don't generally leave any residue when I pick them up.

General discussion / Anal Gland Issues
« on: Sep 06, 2015, 09:08 »
 Everyones favourite topic  ;D

I have a 5yo Bichon Frise bitch, and a 4yo Chihuahua cross dog. Both in good general health, both neutered.

Previously, both dogs had been on Burns Original, and doing OK. The Bichon was having issues with tear staining. I clean her eyes regularly, I even changed her bowl, and looked in to her diet after realising Burns had a lot of cereals in. We looked for a grain free food, and opted for Eden.

They have been on it for 7 months now. The chi has always had some anal gland issues, but now both dogs are having problems. Rocky's have been pretty full, and difficult to express and Poppy has never had issues, but has been chewing at her paws, and back end, along with the typical anal gland smell. NICE! After having them expressed, it was recommended that we change them to Fibre Response; one of Royal Canin's vast array of prescription diets. From a veterinary point of view, I appreciate that they have a wide range, suitable for almost every ailment that can be associated/managed with an appropriate diet. BUT I dont want to jump the gun, because I know its full of added extras that Id rather they didnt have, Id rather explore our options first. Apart from their AGs, they have done great on Eden. Nice weights, great coats, tear staining has improved too.

Im just wondering what people could suggest? Has anyone had a similar issue? Id rather not change if I can avoid it. It seems to be the best food I can get, short of changing to RAW. Im wondering if I can supplement with whole foods, to bulk things up. Ive asked vets, nurses and other experienced owners, but I get different answers from everyone: Add some raw chicken wings a few times a week, add some oats, add some veg... Its hard to know what to do!

I thought it would be a lack of fibre, but Eden has more fibre in that Burns. Unless its indigestible fibre, but how else can I add this without feeding cereals? Could it be the higher protein? ...I hate nutrition, as a student VN, we're taught a certain way, but in reality its swings and roundabouts!

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