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So here asking the age old question about joint supplements.  Looking at the experiential feedback in addition to whatever evolving knowledge base there is.  Seems much of what I found was for joints mixed with cancer experience and I'm only worried about the joints so specifying topic to that area.

As many of you know -- Ginger is a 2.5 year old German Shepherd, no cancer but accident caused tripawd. As a GSD and missing a front leg I am well aware that she is at a pretty big risk for joint problems as she ages.  I read the nutrition and supplement blog and have heard input from vets, owners of big dogs and different local sources, in addition to google which now has me a bit confused and conflicted because on all the following stances I can find a million arguments for vs. a million arguments against courtesy of the internet.  So options as I see them thus far to go ahead and start giving her joints a little extra oomph as she hops along.  Another case of too much information not always being a good thing.

Fish Oil -- of course some sources say it's great, others say it is bad for cholesterol that as an animal product, while it may be great for the joints it puts other areas at risk.  

Glucosamine/Chondroitin - research voices a lot of good but also raises comments about risk to their blood sugar, any seafood allergies, etc...especially if you pick substandard brands

Flaxseed oil - a friend swears by this that she has given to her two extra large breed dogs - newfoundlands or something like that and says because of this at the age of 12 the vet still brags on the health of their joints and how they are not suffering with the many joint issues that tend to plague dogs at their age.  downside is a lot of what I read online says this is not likely to be converted well by dogs so therefore they may not get the best results.  I like this option the best but am hesitant to go this route based solely on the sales pitch of one friend.

Any ideas or personal recommendations of what's worked for you?

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Don't miss this video interview with Dr Deurr at CSU discussing helpful supplements for amputee dogs, as well as other steps we can take to help prevent remaining limb injuries.

We also included Flax seed oil in Jerry's nutrition plan, in case you missed it...

Jerry’s Canine Cancer Diet and Supplements

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I used Dasaquin and fish oil for both Otis and Tess, and now for Gator.   These two supplements were almost a miracle - When Otis was diagnosed with arthritis, it was after a night when he could not get up.   I had to put all 106 pounds of him in my lap and butt bump both of us down the stairs and outdoors.   His arthritis symptom basically disappeared for about 3 years.   I never really knew much about the potential side effects (my vet did mention that he usually starts large breed dogs on these when they turn 6), and always bought from the vet to ensure quality, but strongly recommend these two.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Don't miss this video interview with Dr Deurr at CSU discussing helpful supplements for amputee dogs, as well as other steps we can take to help prevent remaining limb injuries.

We also included Flax seed oil in Jerry's nutrition plan, in case you missed it...

Jerry’s Canine Cancer Diet and Supplements  

Thanks for the video interview link, and yes I did read the flax oil review, just got filtered through along with other info.  Watched video, found that helpful, will continue sorting them out - ty

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I used Dasaquin and fish oil for both Otis and Tess, and now for Gator.   These two supplements were almost a miracle - When Otis was diagnosed with arthritis, it was after a night when he could not get up.   I had to put all 106 pounds of him in my lap and butt bump both of us down the stairs and outdoors.   His arthritis symptom basically disappeared for about 3 years.   I never really knew much about the potential side effects (my vet did mention that he usually starts large breed dogs on these when they turn 6), and always bought from the vet to ensure quality, but strongly recommend these two.  

Thanks for the heads up, I'll add Dasaquin to research list 🙂  It's a good thing I suppose that there are so many options out there, just the sorting process a little time consuming.

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Well end result after extensive research is going to shoot out of the gate with Dasaquin and Flax seed oil and see how those do. Interested in input if there's something I might need to consider, vet pushed a brand they have on their shelf, but I wasn't impressed, especially when I saw sucrose in the ingredients.  It's probably fine but having worked where I know how the drug rep thing works I am naturally skeptical of is this really the best product or is this what the reps are pushing. Appreciate the input and guides on where to go for more info.

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What is the brand the vet suggested?

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What is the brand the vet suggested?  

VetClassics Canine Joint Support Plus    I may just be a snob because I can't find the support for it I saw for Dasaquin, open to feedback though if you think it's superior. I'm also thinking of supplementing with turmeric.. can you OD the joint support?

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Got it. As I mentioned in the Tripawds Chat, the ingredients look good but with the quantities of them, Ginger will need to eat a LOT. For example my vet recommend Wyatt Ray (78 lbs) gets 1500mg of glucosamine each day.

As for the sucrose, I wouldn't worry too much since it's the last ingredient. And if that's all there is to make these supplements taste better then it's probably not a huge deal. I'm pretty sure I'd need a chaser to down them too! 😉

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I prefer the Dasaquin Advanced now since it has added turmeric, grape seed, and boswellia.

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