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I've noticed in several blogs that there seems to be quite a few Doodles who are on Glucosamine.  I'm just wondering how old they were when they were started on it and what the reason was. 

 

Gizmo was 10 months old and was started because of his broken leg & the hip dysplasia found when he broke it.   I'm curious to know your stories.

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Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 21, 2013 at 11:55am

Hi Jo, we started Pedro on glucosamine about 8 months ago (He will be 6 years old in November) because after some uncertain opinions from the vet and a year on a special food for mobility, we were told that there were "signs of hip dysplasia" on some x-rays the vet did when he busted his knee. So although it is not 100% confirmed and he is showing no symptoms, I started him on 2 capsules of Glucosamine (human grade: 500/400 Glucosamine Condroitin) every day. He is really good about sitting down to take them as long as two of his new favourite liver treats (that also have glucosamine) follow. We switched him to a different food that also has Glucosamine among the ingredients and that he likes better.

Pedro sends very special loving paws to his Cousin Gizzy! And Doodle hugs to you!

Comment by Jo Bill on October 20, 2013 at 10:25pm

No stairs for Gizmo for a very long time.  After about a week (I think) I took him for a short walk - just a few paces down the sidewalk and back.  It was very difficult for him.  Gizmo's pin migrated downwards after a month or so and had to be removed a couple weeks early.  Now he has a "hitch in his git along".  LOL

Comment by Sandy King on October 20, 2013 at 10:14pm
This is Sandy and Simon. Thank you for telling me Gizmo's story with his broken leg. It makes me feel better about my decision not to put pins in his leg and try the 30 days of carrying him up/down stairs, etc... We took his splint off tonight because it had shifted below his knee. Simon is limping and not putting too much weight on his leg. Was Gizmo able to go up and down stairs right away or did you have to help him?
Comment by Jo Bill on October 20, 2013 at 9:58pm

Thanks, Dianne.  Hope Dulcie continues to do well.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on October 20, 2013 at 9:44pm

Jo,  after rough play, a couple of months ago,  I would notice that Dulcie occasionally  seemed to be stiff or limp a little.  Could just have been muscle soreness, but I figured the glucosamine wouldn't hurt and I found some jerky that had glucosamine in it.  Since I started it, I haven't seen her have any more problems.  Her dam and sire were both OFA tested for hip dysplasia, but I figured it pays to be cautious.

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