I am very excited to be registered with your web site and will be anxious to receive info from time to time. I have an 11-year-old Lab who is in very good health, but does have pretty bad hip arthritis on one side. I was told of this 2-3 years ago and he has taken Deramaxx for it since that time, along with glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM pills. He is happy to go for a walk once he gets up, I have noticed that jumping up on something is not what he can do very easily; I sometimes have to lift up his hips to help him in the car, and stairs are very uncomfortable for him.
I would like to try a more holistic approach to his care if possible. I’m not happy to be giving him the prescription anti-inflammatory so regularly, as I am not someone who will take the NSAIDs myself. Any hints you could give would be appreciated. He is allergic to shellfish, so anything with that in it, I won’t be able to use. Thanks!
Thank you for your inquiry to Holistic Pet Info. You are definitely on the right track with the glucosamine supplement. There are a few other supplements that may also help. Essential fatty acids such as Super EPA by Thorne are excellent for inflammation, immune, skin and digestive support. Also Canine Geriatric Basics supplies many high quality vitamins, minerals and herbs that support the organs and immune system. When the body is supported as a whole it can heal and maintain a healthy balance long into the geriatric years.
For the osteoarthritis in particular I highly recommend acupuncture, it works very well for dogs with hip arthritis and has no side effects. Often it works well enough to reduce or even discontinue the NSAIDS. A holistic veterinarian can work in conjunction with your regular vet on the alternative aspects of your dogs health care. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA
*Holistic Pet Info now carries a ‘shellfish-free’ glucosamine supplement called Arthrix Plus Hypoallergenic.