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25 December 2019 - 1:05 pm
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Happy Holidays to everyone,

Question for my 7 year old Lab with front leg amputation...what supplements do you all suggest we start to put him on and any recommendations of a paw cream for his pad. It just looks a little more cracked and used then usual. Thank you all for your continued help and support. 

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25 December 2019 - 4:06 pm
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Hi Puffer, hoppy pawlidays to you too!

Do you live in a snowy / cold climate? I'm wondering why his paws could be a little more irritated.

For dry paws, there are several paw pad protector creams out there. We like Musher's Secret.

As for supplements, if you're thinking of them for general mobility wellness, we like Welactin. It's an all-around joint protectant that was recommended to us by our vet because it has good science behind it. Our Wyatt Ray has done well on it.

Be sure to check out the Tripawds Nutrition Blog for lots of good supplement ideas.

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Thank you so much for the response. I live in a semi cold and snowy area however I think I am trying to be proactive and making sure his pads stay in good shape. They just seem a little more used now but I could just be a nervous mom.  

What are your thoughts on Dasuquin?

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I really like Dasuquin Advanced because it also includes tumeric and some other supplements that are natural anti-inflammatories.  I have had good luck with Burt'sBees Restoring Nose and Paw Balm for my dog's rough/cracked pads.  You can order online or some PetSmarts carry it.


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Jumping in here with a suggestion for a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement.  Griffin has taken these Active Chews since he was 6 (he's 10 now).  I originally purchased them because at his size, the maintaining dosage is 2 per day (many other supplements required 5 or 6 for a dog that is 70 lbs) and at $25 for 120, that is a great deal.  Also, they are made in the USA and include tumeric.  

I asked our surgeon if he had any recommendations for supplements for after Griffin's amputation surgery and he said that since Griffin is in such fantastic shape, he doesn't recommend changing what we have been doing.  I also squirt some salmon oil on Griffin's dry food each morning.  Note - Griffin doesn't believe these are actually "treats" but eats them when I put them in his wet food (he gets 1/3 can each morning with dry food).

Active Chews Premium Hip and Joint Dog Treats


Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021.

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Thanks for sharing Griffin's "treats"! Those Active Chews get fantastic reviews on Amazon and I love that they're USA made. I hadn't heard of them before, so I learned something today smiley4

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