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Anyone Feed Fish Oils For Arthritis

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I am reading around to find out if there is anything else I can do for Mollydog's arthritis. After seemingly recovering fairly well from the operation on her back hock (tendon injury, had to be pinned) she has slowed down again lately. She is not a dog that gives up easily, if a walk is on offer she will always want to go and will always keep on going, but I am getting the feeling that she is in pain.

 

Mollydog is already on previcox (NSAID rather like metacam only supposed to be better for bony problems/longterm use) and Synflex (glucosamine and chondroitin supplement). She has had a few sessions of acupuncture, it didn't seem to help much/at all so I stopped doing that. She also has a magnetic collar.

 

Reading around, I find that fish oil seems to be considered helpful for some cases of arthritis, but it seems to be important to give fresh oil that has not oxidised.

 

I was looking at the Fish4dogs salmon oil - but does anyone else have any experience or recommendations?

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Have you looked at Glycoflex ? I tried it for Spud and it worked very quickly, only problem was they are huge tablets that stink of fish and I couldn't get him to take them without a wrestling match, they come in 3 grades, I used the highest one.I was also reading about Yarrow Complex recently, you might want to check it out, looked quite promising.

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What sort of glucosamine is she on? If it's tablet or powder form then you might want to try liquid glucosamine such as Synflex as that works much better and quicker in my experience.

 

I've not tried fish oils, but have heard good things about salmon oil for allergies rather than arthritis (I'm not much help am I?) rolleyes.gif

 

 

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Yes, she's already on Synflex - we had the same experience, experimented with various different supplements, finally settled on Synflex as the most effective one for her that is also easy to get hold of and not too pricy.

 

Will take a look at Glycoflex - wouldn't have thought that I'd have any problems getting them down her, as it's Mollydog! The only things in the entire world that she will not eat are raw spinach and mint flavoured dental chews (and she'd give the chew a go if lunch was 5 minutes late...)

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I use Glycoflex for two of mine ... I crush mine up in pestle and mortar and put on food.

 

http://tinyurl.com/glycoflexatvetuk

 

Glycoflex II: contains 750mg Glucosamine HCL, 50mg Dimethyl Glycine, 600mg Perna Mussel (containing Chondroitin -4 & -6 sulphates) & 500mg methylsulphonylamine (MSM) plus manganese 10mg.

 

Chondroitin and Manganese both necessary IMO

 

I also use Fish Body Oil for all my dogs .... for myself as well :biggrin: .... as long as it has minimum EPA 180 DHA 120 they're all the same ... the cheapest place I can get them from is

 

http://tinyurl.com/zipvitfishoil

 

although Holland and Barrett sometimes have them on offer for really cheap prices.

 

1000mg per 20lb body weight or therapeutic dose 1000mg per 10lb body weight ... that is info from a good canine nutrition list ... however I would start a medium sized dog on 2000mg per day.

 

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I give cod liver oil, though as said above there are theories on other fish oils too. Seven seas make all sorts of oils, hence no reason to push any particular one over another, so you may find their site worth a look http://www.jointcare.com/

 

Green lipped muscle, alfalfa possibly devils claw (it's not recommended to use together with nsaids as both increase acidity in the stomach / intestines), hydrotherapy http://www.canine-hydrotherapy.org/ or myleopathy (do a search on here, see this example http://www.caninetherapy.co.uk/ or PM either Carelli or Purplemog for help / advice on this), magnetic beds / collars etc may also be amongst your other options.

 

Best of luck

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She already has a magnetic collar, and she can't do hydrotherapy yet as her leg wound has still not entirely healed - the position on the back of the hock is a real problem as it's very easy to knock and even just flexing it the scab tends to crack and bleed.

 

It was looking really good this morning then Az ran into her and knocked it again so it bled, the little bugger! :rolleyes:

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