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I don't know how else to title this but if I need to give glucosamine and fish oil – – are all these supplements created equal?  I know some are WAY expensive while others are relatively inexpensive.  I do have a budget to stick to and I just see that Sam's Club has some pretty good pricing on Glucosamine for humans that fits my budget nicely.

 

I mention 'supplements' because there are SO many supplements out there – so I don't mean for just glucosamine, I also mean for this to go for the fish oil, mushrooms, and all the other supplements that our dogs take.

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I just picked up some 'just in case' meds for Charlie at Target. I actually had a nice conversation with the pharmacist (who helped me find some poison oak stuff for Mr. VQ). Anyway, the person before me asked for glucosomine supplements (I am assuming for humans). I would ask the pharmacist there (is there one at Sam's Club?) for what they recommend brand-wise. As far as dosage-wise, my vet tells me the amount to give him based on his weight. You can PM me, or I can post the dosage amounts I give to Charlie based on his weight.

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I know that the quality and amounts of glucosamine vary so much in all the brands.

I did some research when choosing what to get for Jake, since I was also on a very tight budget and wanted the most glucosamine for the buck! I compared all the products, and the amounts of ingredients and the monthly costs. I chose Joint Max Triple Strength Soft Chews. They were around $25 for 120 chews. Each chew was supposed to contain 1000mg of glucosamine and I was giving Jake 2 chews for maintenance. For the first 2-3 weeks, I was giving him 3 chews. I read somewhere that not all the glucosamine is absorbed by the body, depending upon the purity of the glucosamine and the brand, etc…

Regarding the fish oil… well, I just bought whatever brands I found at the pet stoore. At first, I was buying human fish oil in capsules, but Jake would always spit them out… I just preferred less mess and squirted the pet brand salmon fish oil liquid into his food. He had no choice but to eat it.

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hstanek said:

I don’t know how else to title this but if I need to give glucosamine and fish oil – – are all these supplements created equal? 

There’s a lot of controversy in this area, but what we have been told by Dr. Jessica Waldman of California Animal Rehabilitation Center is to look for supplements that have been 3rd party tested. She talks about it a bit in this video interview.

Our Nutrition Blog has links to information about supplements too, as well as this article we wrote:

Supplements: How to Spot Bargains Versus Rip-Offs
We found that Synflex Glucosamine Supplements worked GREAT for Jerry and it’s a really a good value. We wrote about it a while back:

What is Syn-flex?

For fish oil, we trust K9 Immunity ‘s K9 Omega supplement, which is pill form, but I could see how a liquid version like Jake’s Mom said would be nice too. Whatever brand you get, make sure that the bottle they come in is opaque and refrigerate it as soon as you can. Fish oil goes rancid quickly, so don’t get more than you can use in a short period of time.

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Jerry – I looked at Syn-flex and Denali's going on many supplements for pain management and for immune system, so where ever I can “cut costs” and still be effective is VERY important to me as I'm a single-income.  For example, the Syn-flex is $30 for 1 month, a bottle of glucosamine for 180+ pills at Sam's club is only $12-20 depending on brand.  K-9 Omega 3 would last 10 days for me, so that makes it $30 a month, again there are much much cheaper options.  The ACLAIM thing I will take with me, but unfortunately many of the supplements I've seen listed just are simply not in my budget.

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June 17, 2010, July 14, 2010 Clear X-rays – no mets

July 1, 2010 Amputation

July 9, 2010 OSA Confirmed

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For me, supplements are a challenge also.  I think some of the 'hawked' brands for both humans and pets are a rip off.  Asking the pharmasist is a great idea.  I give Trouble the same fish oil I take – just puncture the capsule and pour it on her food and drop the capsule shell in with her food.  For glucosamine I have to use a non-shellfish blend.  I'm using Liquid Health K9 Glucosamine & HA.  You give it by weight and a quart last me about 5-6 weeks for $24.95 + shipping.  They also make a regular with the shellfish that I think is a couple of $$ cheaper, and if I recall correctly you don't give quite as much of  3 tsp for Trouble's weight instead of the 4 tsp she gets of the non-shellfish.  I actually started her out the the glucosamine I take before I discovered it had the shellfish.  I figure if it is ok for me, it's ok for her.

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