With Dr B's guidance I've become familiar with some supplements that I never knew existed before last year. I'd like to share them with you. First I must admit that I have some arthritis in my fingers and I have a degenerative joint disease in one foot, so I have joined Fudge in testing out these supplements. In fact, I try them before I give them to him.
First is an old standby, glucosamine-chondroitin. I have given this to my arthritic dogs starting with Lucy many years ago. I saw how much it helped her. When I was diagnosed with Freiberg disease in my foot, the doctor really scared me. He told me not to use my foot and that I would need surgery. I got a second opinion and that doctor told me I could use it as much as I could stand the pain and I didn't need surgery for awhile. At first I was taking pain pills to get thru the day, but I wasn't happy with that, so I did some research and found that a doctor in Europe had good results on his Freiberg patients using glucosamine chondroitin. I tried it and it worked for me. I still have some pain on occasion, but it's nothing I can't handle.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are part of normal cartilage and is found in the covering of shellfish. Now Fudge and I both take it daily.
All my dogs have taken fish oil (omega 3) for years. It's what I use to teach puppies to take pills. They like to crunch them and taste that nice fishy, oily taste. I prefer not to taste it. Dr B often tells me to increase the fish oil when one has arthritis or some other problem. In her last few months Morgan was taking eight to ten fish oil capsules a day. She was old and creaky but she could get around on her own. Be sure your fish oil is molecularly distilled to get rid of heavy metals.
Now we were on a roll, but I still was looking for something to help Fudge thru his ordeal. One morning I was reading a veterinary newsletter and came across an article about arthritic dogs benefiting from New Zealand green-lipped mussel. Another quick call to Dr B, then I ordered some. First thing I noticed is the smell. There is no way you can't notice the smell. FISHY!!! Fudge loved it as did Bailey, but I had to hold my breath and swallow fast, then eat something to get rid of the smell and taste. These things are awful, BUT by the third day I realized that the stiffness was gone from my fingers and I could move them freely for the first time in months.
Cat's Claw ( uncaria tomentosa and uncaria gulanensis) The supplement comes from the root and bark of this vine and is used for a number of disorders. The main one is arthritis, but it's also used for digestive problems such as colitis and leaky gut. When I saw that I really took notice. Noah has colitis and Fudge has leaky gut syndrome. I ordered some and it should be here this week. I'll keep you posted on the results.
WonderLabs . I have no connection with the company except as a satisfied customer.
If you have a pet that you think might benefit from a supplement, be sure and check with your vet first. Last year when Fudge needed help, I didn't know about several of these supplements, but they have become an important part of our routine now and are helping keep all of us pain free.