Treating arthritis in an old dog?
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What has worked best for my 11+ year old German Shepherd's arthritis is pharmaceutical grade type one and type three collagen blend from Piping Rock. It has worked better than Adequan injections or other suupplements that I've used and it has no side effects that I've found. This collagen product helps arthritis, joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, hair, skin and nails. Since my dog not only has arthritis but she also has back knee ligament problems as well, this has worked especially good for her. Currently, she walks, uses the pet door and can even do the bunny hop run. Considering that a year and a half ago she couldn't even get up on her feet by herself, this is seemingly remarkable.
I've continued to give her the supplements I was already giving her, but I've been able to cut back on them some. I've not had to give her an injection for arthritis for some time now and I expect that I'll be able to discontinue those altogether. This product is easy to use as it comes as a powder and I mix it with water, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. It took a few weeks of using this before I saw improvement and the improvement increased with time.
I also decided to try this collagen blend for myself and I've seen a real improvment although I was already taking several joint supplements. I just stumbled on this product and decided to try it never dreaming it would not only benefit my dog but me as well.
Posted 22 February 2015 - 10:36 AM
Here is some info for those who are using Adequan for dogs with arthritis. A much less costly alternative that requires no prescription is ICHON. According to an online vet, it contains the identical active ingredient as Adequan, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan. It comes in a 5 ml vial just like Adequan. The concentration is also the same, so the dose is calculated the same: dog's weight times .02 equals dose in mls. For example, the dosage for a 75 lb dog would be: 75 x .02 = 1.5 ml
ICHON does not contain a preservative so it will need to be refrigerated. Using it like Adequan is an off the label use, but if you research the internet for reviews, they are favorable.
I found out about this when the vet put my German Shepherd on Adequan but due to manufacturing problems, it became temporarily unavailable for several months. We hadn't even finished the loading phase when this happened and since my dog had already shown imporvement, I didn't want to stop giving it. So, I searched the internet and found ICHON from Allivet with no prescription needed. I read many online reviews and didn't find any problems with using this, so I tried it. I liked it so much that I stayed with it even after Adequan became available again.
Since then, I've found something that may be even better - Type one/Type three collagen blend, pharmaceutical grade which I get from Piping Rock. It's given by mouth and there are no known side effects. I can give it every day and not worry about what kidney or liver damage that may occur as a side effect. Also, the monthly injectable drug's effectiveness would diminish before I gave another one the next month. I didn't want to give it more often than that due to concerns of possible negative side effects. I've also had to repeat the loading phase a couple of times. I expect that this injectable drug would work well with the collagen. I've used them together but I believe that I will soon be able to discontinue the ICHON/Adequan altogether. I've only given one injection in the last five months and that was mainly to use up the supply that I already have. My 11+ year old German Shepherd, Gretta, has been treated for severe arthritis since she was nine years old and at one time, she couldn't get up or walk without assistance. My girl has been walking on her own and using her pet door again for quite some time now. Also, since this collagen is very pure and made for people, you can take it too. I've tried it and after taking it for seveval weeks, I can tell that it's definitely made an improvement in my joints.
Posted Today, 12:07 AM
For my dog with arthritis I used a product called Flexpet (USA online order ships worldwide) with great results.
Check it out for your own peace of mind.
It's a natural product so should be okay with her other medications - my vet had no problem with it (but check with yours) and don't let the vet try and sell you one of the products on the shelf at the clinic - my vet knows that I research stuff pretty well and only need confirmation not a sales pitch!
Is there a weight issue? if so that would not be helping.
If she is happy and not in pain but gets tired and has wobbling or unsteadiness at the rear Google - Walkin Wheels - it's adjustable wheels for all shapes and sizes of dogs and is affordable.
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