Hope you enjoy the video and find good basic info here. Now its time to go find MORE info on how you can help your dog have a good pain free life. (Water is a wonderful way to help keep your dog moving )
When it comes to joint issues, it can be difficult to find the right path to help our babies. All dogs
respond to medications, supplements and diet differently. So this isn't set in stone for every dog. This is a guide to help you get started on helping your dog to feel better quickly. You will
find many supplements out today that will or claim to help in health conditions. Finding the correct combination of ingredients is the hard part. I felt that selecting our own combination is
critical to healing and not what comes in ONE particular supplement. Seems you still have to combine 2 or 3 to get the full results of pain reduction.
First of all, always consult with your vet before starting any program. Consider what diet you are feeding and plan on making a change. ALL kibble dog foods cause many illnesses and especially joint issues. Switch to canned or even better..Homemade (RAW preferably).
Drug induced joint problems
The drugs most associated with drug induced lameness are antibiotics, especially sulfa drugs, erthromycin, penicillins, and cephalosporins. Genetics also play a roll in the development of this syndrome as well. Doberman pinchers are predisposed to develop drug induced lameness when administered sulfa drugs.
Immune arthritis is seen in a small number of pets, the distemper vaccine may be involved in some causes of immune arthritis, as distemper vaccine particles have been found in some of the effected joints. Reduce vaccines to a minimum at all costs.
Lawn and Carpet products
Do not use pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers or carpet cleaning solutions. All are toxic and absorb through the paw pads. Use Organic all natural fertilizers and find alternate solutions for weed killers etc. For Carpet cleaning..read more here..
Flea and Tick treatments
DO NOT USE ANY topical vet recommended or store applications. These are all TOXIC!!!! No if, and's, or but's to this. Use all natural products. Here are a few suggestions. Topicals, Yard and carpet applications.
Watch/remove from the diet for potatoes, sugars, preservatives, corn, soy, wheat and all grains including feeding kibble foods. Do not give nightshade foods. Eliminate all of these. (Feed a homemade prepared diet..cooked or raw)
FILTERED water is an important part of our diet as well. Fluoride has actually been documented as toxic and causes cancer as well as other diseases. So make sure you purchase a water filter that also filters out fluoride for drinking and preferably the whole house. What's in the water DOES creep into our skin although fluoride is the only one that doesn't seep through the skin (so they say). It is rare to find city/tap waters to be fluoride free, yet it is a harmful additive.
Important Supplements to a daily diet, with or without joint issues:
Colostrum-Colostrum naturally enhances and helps in tissue repair. Problems with joints and connective tissue, such as hip dysplasia, degenerative arthritis, or cruciate ligament issues, have also improved with colostrum supplementation. It appears that joint-related problems, that originally were helped with glucosamine and then declined, improved when they were given colostrum. From research, it appears that IgF, is essential for the utilization of the glucosamine, and without adequate amounts of it, the continued use of glucosamine does not respond. You see, without growth factors, all the chondroitin in the world won't help, if the body can't replicate cells, then it can't heal. The growth factors in colostrum can facilitate the body's own regenerative processes and even better utilize supplements such as chondroitin and glucosamine. It also is a great immune builder for a weakened system.
TIP: Colostrum works best on an empty stomach. Wait 10-20 minutes before giving your animals their food.
Adequan-(polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is a prescription, water-based, intramuscular, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) that helps prevent the cartilage in your dog’s joint from wearing away. It helps keep the cartilage healthy and intact, so that the bone in the joint cannot touch other bones.
Adequan Canine (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is administered two times a week for four weeks. The drug is injected intramuscularly to ensure it reaches the critical parts of the joint. It goes to work in the joint in about two hours and stays in the joint for about three days. With Adequan® Canine you should see signs of improvement within four weeks. Your dog may begin to act like the playful, active dog you remember.
Detoxing is critical especially when feeding kibble, vaccines, drinking unfiltered water, feeding commercial pet foods, eating preservatives, taking medications and breathing. I recommend a good detox then detox every 6 months. You can do this by combining milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock root. Using these ingredients, your initial detox will last up to 3 months. After the initial detox..at 6 months. Do it again for 2-3 weeks. Your initial detox may or may not show symptoms through the skin, sinus cavities, allergies or over all feeling like crap. This will subside as the body cleanses.
Colostrum will help with the detoxing for dogs as well. (FYI-Greens along with these 3 herbs will help the detoxing goes smoother). Start probiotics and digestive enzymes at least one week before starting a detox.