- Pets and Animals
Protect Your Dog's Joints With Nutramax Dasuquin
If you have an aging dog, I urge you to put him or her on Nutramax Dasuquin. This product contains glucosamine and MSM, both of which have been proven to lubricate the joints and make movement easier, particularly in large breed dogs.
I've used Dasuquin from the moment my veterinarian suggested it for me for my Australian Shepherd, Killian. Aussies are bred to chase sheep so they run full out and pivot quickly which wears out their joints and can cause discomfort upon movement. Killian was about 10 when I noticed that he seemed to be pained when standing up from a sitting position so off to the vet we went.
After the normal office visit, the vet told me that age was just taking its toll on my gorgeous Aussie. About the only thing we could do (short of adding Rimadyl to his diet - a pain medication that can cause [and did cause] ulcers) was to use Nutramax Dasuquin twice a day for 6 weeks.
So, I came home, searched online for the recommended product, and bought the product on Amazon.com that day. BTW, Amazon has the best prices on Nutramax Dasuquin that I could find. Some of the pet meds online stores were up to double the price.
After about 3 weeks on this non-prescription joint health medication, Killian could move much more fluently and was back to chasing squirrels. It's not exactly a miracle drug but it's close, at least it was in our case.
Nutramax Dasuquin comes in different strengths and formulations depending on the dog. I have all four of our current dogs on this supplement - three of which are under 25 pounds. For the little dogs, I bought the soft chews which seem to go down easily. For Killian, the meat flavored tablets seem to do the trick.
I'm currently owned by four dogs, three of whom are my own rescues and one of whom is my boyfriend's pug who came into my life when John and I started dating. Each and every one of these dogs has changed my life, but none as drastically as Killian.
Killian was scheduled to be destroyed at just 11 months of age as he was a 'biter.' What I found when I went to the vet to see this beast was a very scared, very out of control, untrained Aussie. With a lot of intensive obedience training, I shaped Killian into one of the most amazing dogs I've ever seen. I even trained him to help me care for my elderly Mom by cleaning her lap of crumbs (his command was 'Clean Gert') and picking up any item she dropped. Killian also brought new friends into my life - dog lovers like myself. For these reasons, I'm forever grateful to the woman who surrendered him to the vet those 13 years ago.
And, as our time comes to an end, I'm so glad that our fates intertwined to give me 14 wonderful years with the most loyal, most trusting companion a girl can ever have. A sad day is coming in the future, but, until that time, I will love and cherish our every moment together.
If you have an aging dog, here's a few more products that might help make his or her final years more comfortable.
And, please spay and neuter. Please.
Fish oil is another supplement that may help lubricate and protect a dog's joints. Feeding a bit of fish oil daily will also give a nice shine to the coat.
It may be super expensive but, if you have a large dog with hip problems, you can't beat this pillow top orthopedic dog bed.
Like that expensive dog bed, you can find cheaper steps to help a large dog into bed but you won't find any sturdier than these.