Help! Joint health issues

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    Kelly F
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    Recently, my 2 1/2 yr old blue heeler has begun to limp. Just over a month ago, we were both attacked by 2 american bulldogs. I thought maybe this was the reason, but after having x-rays & sedated palpitation done, our vet believes she has loose kneecaps and recommended science diet j/d formula. However, I have not had good experiences with this kind and the reviews do not seem great either, not to mention the price.

    I was looking at Blue Buffalo life protection because it seems to have lots of omega-3 benefits, but after further research, I found that many consumers are not happy with the dog food because it makes their dog sick. There are so many mixed reviews, and I am now no closer to finding a food for my dog than I was in the beginning.

    Any advice for a food aimed at joint health that won’t break the bank and is a good quality? She is also currently on a prescription anti-inflammatory, but she is still limping when she walks a while or runs.

    #46963 Report Abuse

    Hi Kelly,

    The only good food I know of for joint care is Victor GF Joint Health / Adult Canine Formula
    with Glucosamine. Here is the website: http://www.victordogfood.com/

    However, the amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin in dog food are usually not enough to be therapeutic. There is 750mg/kg of glucosamine and 250mg/kg of chondroitin in this food. I have a senior Great Dane (8 yrs old) that needs joint support. I am giving him glucosamine and chondroitin from Springtime Inc. I use their equine line because my dog is so large but they have a canine line as well. I would check out the Supplement forum and look for threads on joint health. I know there are a few of them. It would probably be most beneficial to get your dog on a high quality joint supplement in addition to a high quality food.

    Best of luck!

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    Mom2Cavs
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    I second the Springtime, Inc. Joint health chews. Have used them many, many years with success for a Poodle mix with both rear luxating patellas. The vet always said he may need surgery one day, but he never had to have it before he went to the bridge.

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