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    Hi.
    One of my guys has just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both front legs and was given his 1st shot of Cartrophen last tuesday and is due to have another tomorrow. He was also given a 5 day course of anti inflammatory tabs which he finished Saturday.
    Yes he has shown noticeable signs of improvement already, but that could also be attributed to the fact that we have kept him confined as possible for the last week with no walks or loopies in the back yard with his partners in crime.
    But he has been very sickie, vomiting or dry retching on occasions and eating a backyard of grass!
    Of course I immediately went into over drive when I read a lot of bad reactions and "worse" that can and will happen from people I don't know on the net and I don't know of anyone 1st hand that has had to go down this track and have been lucky that we haven"t had to either before.
    So if you have used the injections would you mind letting me know of your views, thoughts and experiences please.
    Yes, I know I also don't know the people here either as such, but I feel more confident reading from a forum I have been perusing for many years than from the 1st couple of pages that pop up on google.
    Thank you.
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    I don't know about the injections, but the cortisone tablets can make a body feel quite ill, and often need to be taken with anti-nausea tablets.

    You might want to check with your vet about it.

    You may also want to ask your vet what else you can do like the joint help over the counter stuff like krill oil, omega 3, calcium tablets, vitamin D tablets, glucosamine (which sort works best and with what) etc.

    and about other exercise options like swimming for your dog. Some vets provide a treadmill in water or a heated pool that dogs can swim in and 15 minutes of swimming can be worth an hour of other exercise.

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    My Vet has told me that when my girl gets older she will have arthritis due to the ACL operations on her back legs, recomend an injection (cant remember what it was), they gave me a sample of Joint Guard(powder) to trial and she seems to be moving more freely. I wil try to find out the name of the injection that they recommended as i have seen a few dogs around that are on it.

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    Jodi, who had a luxating patella a while back due to injury has them every six months and she has no problems. She is now three and a half years old.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    He has been on glucosamine and chondroitin for the past couple of year. I usually start with added joint help by the time they all reach 4 as a preventative.
    I have given them fish/omega products from babes twice a week (sardines/mackerel etc) but started daily with fish oil caps or omega oil around the same age.
    Tried rosehip once (which is supposed to be very good for us and them) but 2 out of the 4 had allergic reactions and ended up really sick.
    Thanks Hyacinth I should look into hydro. he's not a swimmer but you are right it would help him, certainly couldn't hurt.
    And I will ask this morning if he may need anti nausea tabs. I just hate giving them a heap of prescription stuff, but I will if it helps.
    Di_Dee did Jodi start with 1 injection a week for 4 weeks first? And do you wait to see signs to know Jodi needs another injection or do you get 6 monthly regardless.
    Thanks.
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    I have used Cartrophen injections on a number of my dogs and have never seen a negative effect. As to how often it will depend on the dog. I did the initial course and then have a single booster injection every 3 months. One friend has her dog on a course once every 12 month. It very much depends on how your dog responds and if there is a good effect, how long it lasts.

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    If you are feeding fish oil, you may also want to supplement vitamin E - because fish oil by itself can deplete vitamin E and that causes almost as may problems as the fish oil is supposed to fix.

    A lot of raw vegies have vitamin E - or you can get fish oil with the vitamin E included.

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    The vet felt it was because he has been eating too much grass! which is why he has been vomiting, I tried to explain it was After the vomiting episodes that he felt he needed to graze and would do so. But was told keep him on lead for toileting so he cant eat grass!!!!

    Had another injection and was put on Tramal just in case it might of been the other anti inflammatory/pain killers that were the culprits? (I was getting confused by now..previous pain killers or grass?)
    Even though he not showing a lot of pain, more stiffness but I will give a dose and see if it is going to help and in case I'm not reading him right and he is in pain..
    Didn't realise they were Tramal till I got home, which was a pain as I already have some here (hubbies) would of saved me $26.00 off the bill. Oh well.

    Thanks Hyacinth, am doing vit E. But there buggers (all of them) with raw veges. Eat bucket loads of cooked ones but will happily refuse the raw even grated finely.
    They want to now do xrays next week, so have booked in because vet now wonders if there's not anything else going on???

    pch
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    Mine likes raw carrot, she also likes banana. And she hasn't made up her mind about apple but I know several other dogs who love those.

    I think it's mostly cos I like raw carrot - so she likes raw carrot. And then there is chilli which I used to rub the edge of the counters with that and put it around stuff I didn't want dug up. And she'd just go round the garden and hover them.

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    Evil hound with steam coming out her ears...

    lol
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 04-23-2013 at 08:10 PM. Reason: spelling, fix quote
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