My dog has been doing well on an all-raw diet for several years. His breed is prone to hip dysplasia, and he is starting to act very stiff lately. (Not clear yet if he has hurt one of his legs or if it could be onset of dysplasia). Either way, if there is some nutritional supplement that is shown to be effective with *canine hip dysplasia--prevention and/or relief--please let me know. Thanks!
I just know its Very Painful and they can't tell you where they Hurt. That is were the Downfalls starts, in the Hip. How old is your Pet? Have you seen a Vet yet?
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i know that people give horses MSM for their joints.. so maybe that would help dogs as well! also, you can give them glucosamine.
here's an article i found on MSM for dogs- they have info on canine hip dysplasia as well, so you may want to check out the website for yourself! it's at the bottom (called "source")
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occuring sulfur compound found in every cell of the body. It has a vitamin-like normalizing influence on body functions. MSM is considered a potentiator of most vitamins and other nutrients, such as vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, all B vitamins, Vitamin A, D & E, amino acids, selenium, calcium, magnesium and many others. MSM improves the cellular uptake of these nutrients, and prolongs their lives. The body can better utilize the nutrients, and taking dietary supplements is more efficient.
Supplementing the diet with additional sulfur ensures the body's ability to synthesize collagen for connective tissue health, maintain membrane flexibility and promote cell regeneration. MSM is a strong antioxidant, capable of binding and inactivating free radicals. Pets who suffer from arthritis often benefit greatly from dog MSM supplements. Several studies have shown, that supplementation of MSM, significantly reduced joint degeneration and inflammation.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) enters the body as a dietary sulfur associated with the amino acids. In clinical tests, use of MSM produced significant relief of pain in joints and stiffness along with reduced swelling and inflammation. MSM prevents pressure build up in cells, permitting nutrients in and pushing toxins out and heals connective tissues and at the same time insulates the bones from friction and cushions the joints in movement.
MSM is part of the Amino Acid Chain. Without the proper amount of MSM in our bodies, the amino acids will continue to build the glands, but fail to produce the correct enzymes, making us prone to unnecessary illness. MSM is the flexible bond between proteins. When a cell dies, a new cell takes its place. Without the needed amount of MSM, it attaches but becomes rigid. When tissues lose their flexibility, problems develop with the lungs and other parts of the body. MSM detoxifies the body and increases blood circulation. Because there are few nerves in the bones, our pain comes from the soft tissue. Aspirin shuts off the nerves, but the muscles are still damaged. MSM takes out the inflammation, permits the muscles to heal and prevents them from becoming sore.
Products like Free & Easy for Dogs containing dog MSM supplements is proving to be one of the safest and best treatments for the crippling affects of canine arthritis and joint problems that affects millions of aging dogs throughout the United States.
since my dog will be 9 this october, i think i'll start buying him some of that free and easy stuff. it looks like a good, quality product!
Last edited by iwuvmydoggy; 07-12-2009 at 01:47 PM.
I'm posting too late but for future referrence... large breed dogs need to be supplimented with vitamin C for joint prevention at a very early age. I, too, have large breed dogs. Both have been supplimented with vitamin C when very young and on a raw diet. Both are the same breed but from different breeders and both DO NOT have any joint problems. If you need more info like the amounts needed to prevent, let me know.
We are talking about CANINE hip dysplasia, I am correct? The way a human heals and the type of surgery is going to be different than a dog.
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