Chico.Heidi said:Thanks Lisa, that's the whole reason we haven't gone in yet. The insurance I found will cover hip dysplasia but not if he has any record of it. The only thing that Chico has on record is mange but as long as it wasn't adult onset, the insurance would still take us. His limping is really minor and only after he excercises. He doesn't do it too often but I would like to have him checked out just to make sure there isn't something going on. I have a friend with a golden retriever that needed a full hip replacement surgery and it was really expensive. The injury insurance kicks in 24 hrs. after they policy goes into effect but the illness coverage has a 30day waiting period.
Chico.Heidi said:I think I'll hold off on that, it sounds kinda scary. He does limp around a little off and on. But it hasn't kept him from running around and trying to rough house. He doesn't seem too concerned, it's mostly me that wants to get him checked out to ease my mind. I just want to make sure that he doesn't have a problem that is going untreated but I think I'll hold off on the aspirin unless he seems to be in alot of pain. If he seems to be in a lot of pain, I'll just take him in though. I'm not gonna let him suffer just cause I'm waiting for insurance! That would be crazy!
How does glucosamine help exactly?
Is it something that I should give Mo. He doesn't seem to have joint problems now. Is it preventative or just a treatment?How does glucosamine help exactly?
It helps to reduce the inflammation and it rebuilds the cartilage inbetween the joints. It was first used in arthritis patients and then was used by vets in dogs. It really does work in both people and dogs, However, I do find that it can really irritate the stomach, so a Zantac may need to be taken an hour before giving it to the dog.
Is it something that I should give Mo. He doesn't seem to have joint problems now. Is it preventative or just a treatment?
Thanks for the advice. I currently give Chico 1500mg. of Esther-C a day. On the old forum I saw a thread that was saying to feed 2000mg. but Im afraid of giving him too much. Do you know what the proper dose is? He is about 85lbs right now. Also would you give the willow bark along with the Esther-c or just one or the other? I have to wait two more weeks before his insurance will kick in. I don't want to get x-rays done until then because if he does have hip dysplasia, and there is a record of it in the 30day waiting period, it will not be coverred. He isn't limping right now and I've been taking him on shorter walks so he doesn't seem to be in pain at the moment. I don't want anyone to think I'm neglecting him!Care said:If you want a natural way around the asprin but get the same effects you can use White Willow Bark. It's a natural asprin, and you can find it at any health food store.
Also if you think there may a a chance of hip dysplasia I would give him some Ester-C. A lot of studies have been done on ascorbic acid, vitamin C, and Ester-C for hip dysplasia in dogs. There have been great results for healing and preventing. Ester-C is better for dogs because it is time released and easy on their stomachs. You can find this at a health food store or probably even Walmart.