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knoxville, tn
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24 August 2010 - 6:45 am
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wow, john,  you are a brave boy...going up against a bear..geesh...


Life is good, so very, very good!!! Gayle enjoyed each and every moment of each and every wonderful day (naps included).  She left this world December 12, 2011 – off on a new adventure.

Love Never Ends


24 August 2010 - 9:04 am
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I got a little lazy typing- the supplement I give the pugs has glucosimine and chondroitin in them.  Sometimes I use one that as MSM as well.

Chondroitin Sulfate (in some forms) is a component of cartilage so is suppose to support cartilage in joints. It also may have some anti-inflamatory properties.

MSM is actually sort of like DMSO if you are familiar with that solvent.  (I looked this one up once because me vet kept recommending it).  This one supposedly has anti- inflammatory properties, but that is disputed, or at least has not been definitively proven.  In the information I have seen there have not been many, if any side affects reported from its use, but there is not much long term use information available (at least last time I looked).

I'm not sure about using them individually- I have used supplements with G and C together, or all three together (for both me and the pugs).  Some people and published information say there is no benefit from these supplements, some say there is.  I have seen benefits, and no side affects from using them.  I have had problems with using NSAIDs long term (in me) and Maggie couldn't take them because of kidney issues.


Fresno is pretty far from where we usually meet in Mill Valley.  Keep us in mind if you are wandering up this way sometime.



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24 August 2010 - 9:57 am
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Ah, there is a Fresno Tripawd pawty in the making....

John and Hurricane Rosie need to get together! She is also in Fresno. That would be quite a match!

Drop Rosie's Mom, janeothejungle, a line. You two have GOT to meet up.

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Portage Lake, Maine
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24 August 2010 - 11:27 am
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WOW!  That is one amazingly tough herdiing dog you got there!  Protect those sheep for sure!

I wonder if it's purely muscle fatigue when he first gets up?  I know my dog, Maggie, will get weak in her remaining rear leg and take a bit to get up at times depending on how much exercise she gets.  She can NO WAY tolerate the amount that your dog is getting!  She'd never get up after that much exercise. 

Tracy, Maggie's Mom

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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26 November 2011 - 4:26 pm
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I never replied back to this post after the vet visit bad me XD.

Serendipitously our current vet(who was the family vet for years) has done many trauma related amputations and is familiar with tripawd needs and difficulties. He suggested that the hard cold surface was giving him trouble much like it would an arthritic person and that it was to be expected and to and keep him off such surfaces as much as possible. Since he's been on the joint supplement and off the tile the problem has all but disappeared.

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