My best friend is an eight year old, slightly overweight Golden Retriever named Sam. She’s always been very active but lately arthritis has been a problem for her. We first noticed her softly whimpering in pain on the way home from hikes. Then a few months ago, after an outing, we actually had to make a sling out of a quilt to carry her up the three steps to our back door.
About four weeks ago, I got some advice from a friend. I started giving her 1.5 g of Glucosamine, 1.2 g of Chondroitin, and 325 mg of aspirin twice a day. This has been a miracle cure for Sam. We just got back from a hiking and waterfall walk trip in western NC, and she was able to accompany us almost the whole way and seemed quite agile and pain-free. Lots of doggy joy the whole time.
My vet has no comment on this, but seems quite skeptical. She’d given us some medicine which does help, but also causes a lot of gastric distress and occasional incontinence in the house. Like many Goldens Sam is a sensitive dog and this was quite a shameful insult for her.
Anyone out there know if glucosamine, chondroitin and/or MSM are safe for dogs? If so, in what dosages? Have you tried this with your arthiritic canines? If so, what were your results?
Sam and I both thank you in advance for your input…