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Protect Your Dog's Joints With Nutramax Dasuquin

Updated on June 11, 2014

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.

Grizzly Salmon Oil All-Natural Dog Food Supplement in Pump-Bottle Dispenser, 32 Ounces
Grizzly Salmon Oil All-Natural Dog Food Supplement in Pump-Bottle Dispenser, 32 Ounces

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.

 
Big Barker 7-Inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Large (48 X 30 X 7-Inch) Bed for Dogs - Khaki
Big Barker 7-Inch Pillow Top Orthopedic Large (48 X 30 X 7-Inch) Bed for Dogs - Khaki

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.

 
Pet Studio Pine Frame Dog RampSteps, 3 Step
Pet Studio Pine Frame Dog RampSteps, 3 Step

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.

 

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My beautiful Mom and Rita always had a special connectionKillian loved to do agility, and I loved training him to do so.My lovely, stunning Kilian will always be in my heart.Barley was my first failed rescue. Killian was my second. In between, I managed to rescue and re-home 19 dogs.Barley as a garden gnome.Little Rita came to me from a rescue that brings dogs in from St. Croix. She's my island girl.Gizmo is my littlest dog, just under 8 lbs. She's my companion on most of my convertible rides.Killian and me in our 2nd year together. We were at a pretty intensive (but fun) dog camp for a week of obedience training.Matee is our little pug. She was the runt of the litter and weighs just 14 lbs.Killian on left, Barley in back, and 3-legged Hopps in front. A wonderful pack. Barley and Hopps both died shortly after my Mom did in 2012.
My beautiful Mom and Rita always had a special connection
My beautiful Mom and Rita always had a special connection
Killian loved to do agility, and I loved training him to do so.
Killian loved to do agility, and I loved training him to do so.
My lovely, stunning Kilian will always be in my heart.
My lovely, stunning Kilian will always be in my heart.
Barley was my first failed rescue. Killian was my second. In between, I managed to rescue and re-home 19 dogs.
Barley was my first failed rescue. Killian was my second. In between, I managed to rescue and re-home 19 dogs.
Barley as a garden gnome.
Barley as a garden gnome.
Little Rita came to me from a rescue that brings dogs in from St. Croix. She's my island girl.
Little Rita came to me from a rescue that brings dogs in from St. Croix. She's my island girl.
Gizmo is my littlest dog, just under 8 lbs. She's my companion on most of my convertible rides.
Gizmo is my littlest dog, just under 8 lbs. She's my companion on most of my convertible rides.
Killian and me in our 2nd year together. We were at a pretty intensive (but fun) dog camp for a week of obedience training.
Killian and me in our 2nd year together. We were at a pretty intensive (but fun) dog camp for a week of obedience training.
Matee is our little pug. She was the runt of the litter and weighs just 14 lbs.
Matee is our little pug. She was the runt of the litter and weighs just 14 lbs.
Killian on left, Barley in back, and 3-legged Hopps in front. A wonderful pack. Barley and Hopps both died shortly after my Mom did in 2012.
Killian on left, Barley in back, and 3-legged Hopps in front. A wonderful pack. Barley and Hopps both died shortly after my Mom did in 2012.

Do you have a dog or cat who has changed you life? I'd love to hear a story or two.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Daisy, our Lab, has had bad knees all of her life and sometimes will run and pivot and let out a yelp. She loves her walks, though, and loves to run so we do have her on a different glucosamine product and I'm totally sure that it helps her. Good to know of this tried and true alternative in case we ever need something else. And yes, I'd say Daisy has changed our lives. Each of our pets through the years (she's the last one living at this point) has made a huge impact on us in its own way. Daisy turned 6 last week, so hopefully she'll be around for a very long time.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      enjoyed reading this! (clean Gert, that's cute!) - we adopted an elderly, extremely over weight Shih-Tzu 3 years ago and I was able to get her weight down by half - she's not in the range of where she should be (she could probably benefit from this supplement too)