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    Hi Dogmad

    I would reccommend massage therapy, it is a great way to relax your muscles, as well as calm your mind. Just some benefits of massage are:

    Increases flexibility of muscles
    Relaxes and soothes the muscles
    Increases blood circulation
    Reduces inflammation

    With arthuritis the muscles surrounding the bone often become very tense, adding to pain. A massage should help release that muscle inflammation and pain, increase flexibility of the muscles surrounding the bone and relax and soothe the muscles too.

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    Thanks all for the help. At least we now have some different things to try and hopefully find 1 that eases his dicomfort.

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    people are sceptical about prescription diets but Hills JD is fantastic. Not just a diet!

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    This is the ingredient listing for Hills Science Diet Prescription JD...

    Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Flaxseed, Soybean Mill Run, Brewers Rice, Soybean Meal, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken Liver Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), L-Threonine, Taurine, Soy Lecithin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Tryptophan, L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Chondroitin Sulfate, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    There is no way in the world any of the animals I own will ever be fed this.

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    Sorry LP but I agree with AGB I would never feed my dogs something with that much stuff in it. My dogs eat home cooked food only....and before you say anything: alot of people have told me it's not right to cook for your dogs because they need all the nutrients/vitamins from dog food, but I have spoken to my vet to make sure that what I cook then has everything they need in it. Plus I have to dogs that suffer stomach problems and cannot have alot of dog foods.

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    Hills Science Diet products mostly have Corn Meal listed as their primary ingredient. This stuff is bad for dogs. So is chicken "by product" eg feathers and feet.

    The Dog Food Project: Hill's Science Diet "Advanced Protection"
    and

    Dog Food Analysis of Hills Science Diet Joint Defence (JD) dry dog food

    The food is all hype and no substance (or nutritional value for your dog's health).

    Listypoo - your posts read like you work for a shop and want to sell more stuff not like you actually know what you're talking about.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 02-10-2010 at 04:14 PM.

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    Dogmad..........


    My 10yo boy has arthritis and he gets injections too.

    But TBH the best thing I have found (your all going to think Im crazy) but I was recommended it by a friend and confirmed it with my vet.........FISH OIL TABS!

    They have been a dogsend for Tyson

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    Hi JTDNTB,
    I haven't actually given Kody fish oil tablets but my dogs have fish oil added to the food I cook a number have vets have told me that it's good for all dogs and I find it improves their coat and skin, but maybe I can ask the vet if it would be worth giving him fish oil tablets as I doubt the amount in his food would help his arthritus.
    Thanks for the idea.

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    I know that Glucosamine helped my aunt's whippets and it helps some horses. I'm still undecided about whether it helps my dodgy joints but I take it anyway. Chondroitin is some sort of fish type derivative. Fish oil is worth a shot. As is the occasional serving of fish, either some oily fish you cooked yourself (salmon) or sardines in olive oil etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I'm cautious (VERY) with apple cidar vinegar, I'm sorry.
    Can I ask why?

    My boy is 7 this year and suffers, he is on cartrophin injections, we have not yet worked out a plan with them, just seeing how long he can last between each lot of needles - had some before christmas, and has just started limping the last few days.

    Good luck with it!

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