Hey, you might want to get this moved to the companion animal board..it would get more help! (not trying to be annoying and saying 'this is in the wrong place!!!!' I just think it will get more reponses there)
most glucosamine is animal derived, but you can get veg glucosamine as well. food fight sells it online, if you're unable to find it where you live.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://store.foodfightgrocery.com/vegl.html" target="_blank">http://store.foodfightgrocery.com/vegl.html</a><br><br><br><br>
i know a lot of dogs with hip dysplasia/ arthritis who have been helped by glucosamine.
My one of my parent's dogs has hip dysplaysia and some things that have helped her is moderate exercise and swimming (once they start moving they need to keep moving and build up extra muscle strenght to support the joint). Also the dog should have a thick padded place to sleep in any room they like to frequent so they're not putting a bunch of pressure on the joint. If it gets really bad you can order one of these <a href="http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=8082&N=2001+113678" target="_blank">http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2001+113678</a> to help them up and down stairs, etc.
Is medical treatment possible for the dog? If so, an anti-inflammatory medicine called Metacam worked really well for one of my old rats who was severely arthritic (as in, his hips and legs were all but paralyzed before he started taking it). He would also come down with these weird episodes of having a hugely swollen purple limb for seemingly no reason but the Metacam would have it down in 2 days tops. I even give it to my younger guys if they get a sprain every now and again from horsing around. I highly recommend it. Smells like absolute piss and the animals hate the taste, but it does work and fast.<br><br><br><br>
Tried glucosamine for my old arthritic rat too, and wasn't entirely pleased with the results. Who knows, it might work for your doggy friend, but it was a waste for me.
As TBT said, swimming is always good. It'll work the dog's muscles while being gentile to the joints. That is assuming the doggie is ok w/water (my dog HATES swimming..)<br><br><br><br>
I reccomend trying everyone's advice and seeing what ends up working, as well as your friend taking their dog in for regular check ups and following vet advice. As long as the vet oks it, I don't see anything wrong w/a change in diet, as long as other food is available in case the doggie doesn't like the new food.<br><br><br><br>
Everything everyone's said is good advice... just be sure your friend doesn't totally throw off the dogs lifestyle all at once which may confuse/stress it.
One of the first things that's recommended, is to reduce the pup's weight... this will help reduce the strain and stress on the hips.<br><br>
I've worked with more than 100 Seeing Eye Dogs, and one of them was 'rejected' for hip problems. The first basic advice is to reduce the dog's weight, and to not encourage jumping.<br><br><br><br>
(btw, The Seeing Eye does breed and 'kidnap' puppies from their mothers. A different group is Amazing Tails, who resuces dogs from shelters <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=""> and pairs them with needy people... so it helps a dog who's already 'homeless'.)<br><br><br><br>
How is the dog doing?<br><br><br><br>
It does seem that moving this to 'companion animals' thread would get a lot more help and ideas... if you haven't already
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