Subject: Re: Anyone know about Hip Dysplasia?
|> supplement called Cosequin. It contains glucosamine and glycosaminoglycans. |> I'm looking for any information on the effecacy of this treatment.
|> The only material I have on this product is printed by the product's
|> manufacturer. Not exactly unbiased. Two vets I've talked to have not had
|> personal experience with the product.
|> Cosequin is very expensive. It costs about $70 per month for my big dog.
|> Still I'm wondering if it could be expected to give great benefit to my dog.
|> I'd appreciate any information or suggestions of resources materials about
|> this treatment.
|> Thank you,
|> Kim (and Shadow)
You don't say what the severity of the HD is, how old your dog is, or what his
condition is. My Frieda, a GSD mix Hurricane Andrew orphan, was diagnosed with
mild-to-moderate hip dysplasia. She is now about 5.5 years old now and has no
obvious symptoms, except for sitting funny. :-) She runs like a crazy dog and
has even torn her cruciate ligament because of her running (it was operated on
and is completely healed). She shows no signs of pain or discomfort.
My Raven (R.I.P. 8/95) was a GSD mix who eventually succumbed to Degenerative
Myelopathy, a progressive nerve disease. I gave her Glyco-Flex supplements,
which is a glucosamine supplement and a derivative from shellfish. It stinks,
but it seemed to help Raven quite a bit until she got really bad. Ask your
vet about Glyco-Flex.
A friend of mine whose golden retriever has severe HD was successfully treated
with high doses of vitamin C, but I always wonder about vitamin claims.
If your dog isn't having trouble, and isn't in constant pain, then I'd just
give him an occasional Ascriptin (aspirin with Maalox) when he seems stiff
or uncomfortable. If your vet hasn't heard of Glyco-Flex, call around to a
few other veterinary offices. Once you find it, you can have your vet order
it for you. That's what I did.
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