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Chondroitin and Glucosamine
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12 April 2012 - 10:08 am
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Just curious if I should give these two supplements to my great dane who has just been diagnosed with osteosarcoma.  She is not receiving chemo and is not going to have an amputation at this point.

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12 April 2012 - 10:24 am
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We’ve been told by rehab vets that supplements aren’t necessary until you know there is a problem. This is because if you start giving supplements before an issue arises, the body will need higher and higher dosages for the supplements to be effective when there really is an issue. 

See this blog post:

Pain Meds and Supplement Tips from Care

If she has been diagnosed with a condition, then this information about supplements can help

Tripawds spokespup Wyatt Ray has the beginning signs of hip displaysia, so we give him Synflex every day. This supplement however isn’t recommended for dogs with cancer since it has a sweetener in it and cancer cells thrive on sugar.

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