Lily is only six years old, but she is a little overweight. It is something we are working on... she goes hiking for at least a mile almost every day, and we've been cutting down on her treats and serving her healthy snacks like carrots instead. Lately I've been a little worried about her, because I noticed her limping. I realized that she could be having problems with her hips and joints.
My aunt and uncle's dog, Roo, takes glucosamine pills regularly, not because she's had any hip and joint problems before, but more as a preventive supplement. I've tried a million times to get Lily to take a glucosamine pill. She literally turns her nose up at it. Literally. My small dog has somewhat of an attitude. I've even tried crushing one up into her food, but she just sniffs it and looks up at me with an accusing expression on her face.
I was hopeful that this stuff would be different, because it is a powder. I thought it might be easier to hide in her dog food. I felt like one of the kids in the old commercial, trying to see if Mikey would like the new "good-for-you cereal." When she started gobbling it down, I was all, "She likes it! Hey, Lily!" I even made a video to prove it to you.
When I read the list of ingredients, I felt pretty good about giving this to Lily. I knew what glucosamine does, but I had to Google some of the additional ingredients to find out what they are. Here's what I learned.
MSM (500 mg) - A natural sulfur that has been reported to help with chronic pain, detoxification, neurological diseases, allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancer, parasites, and diabetes. It is also a synergist (helps the body absorb nutrients) and an antioxidant.
Black Cherry (300 mg) - Believed to work as an antioxidant.
Chondroitin Sulfate (125 mg) - Combats and neutralizes destructive enzymes in joints.
Hyaluronic Acid (6 mg) - May be helpful for arthritis in dogs.
Vitamin C (55 mg) - Recommended by holistic veterinarians to help with respiratory infections, cancer, bacterial infections, maintaining collagen health, slowing or reversing degenerative bone, joint and spine conditions, and boosting the immune system.
Flaxseed (6000 mcg) - Provides Omega-3 fatty acids for maintaining the immune system.
Vitamin E (6 IU) - Maintains healthy skeletal muscle, heart, liver and nerves.
At any rate, in my opinion, this is going to be a healthy supplement to keep on giving Lily. I guess I will have to report back in a month or two to let you know how it is working!
You can buy it for yourself if you want to try it out. I found it on Amazon here.
What supplements have you given your dogs?
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"MSM: Does Your Dog Need It?" Dogs Naturally Magazine. Dogs Naturally, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2015. <http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/msm-raw-fed-dogs/>.
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