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6 February 2009 - 6:19 pm
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I'm Truman – an almost 7 year old lab mix with a fast growing 'angry' spindle cell carcinoma on my right front leg that came off just 2 days ago.  I've always had creaky joints – just wondering what's available for my people to get me to help me get around.  Any people supplements that are ok for dogs?  Anyone's vet recommend anything? 

We are also looking at changing foods… the BARF diet isn't realistic for our family… any kibbles that seem ok or better for an amputee? I had iams healthy vitality before.

Or just help…  this was a fast growing tumour and leg amputation was not a first priority… but it ended up being that after the vet called my people and said the tumour was not even remotely removable… 

thanks in advance!

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6 February 2009 - 6:31 pm
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Welcome Truman, and thanks for asking! (FYI: If you register as a member, your posts won't require moderartion.)

SynFlex glucosamine supplement was a primary part of Jerry's cancer care diet after his amputation. We believe it worked wonders for him, especially considering he had pretty creaky hips himself. SynFlex was formulated for people, and all they did to the pet version was add beef flavor. The link includes a complete breakdown of its ingredients and has much more detail.

For food, you want to stay away from grains. Find foods that have primarily meat and vegetables without unneccesary fillers. Jerry loved EVO – kibble and canned – on days when he didn't eat raw or get canned fish with his veggies.

For additional support getting around – on stairs and in vehicles, etc. – consider the Ruff Wear harness. And to help ease the pain of stiff joints after a long day hopping around on three legs, check out Bella's Hot/Cold Pain Relief Pack.

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7 February 2009 - 5:49 pm
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I have had my greyhounds on GLC products. Each since the day I brought them home from the track.

It's a product that works well for me & my crew.

Janie & Calamity

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