frogtwang, on 30 January 2012 - 11:30 PM, said:
I'm going to look into the Glyco-Flex III. Thanks for the suggestion. Do you give the treats or the tablets?
She's starting to favor her left side(and right side some, but not as much) when she gets up from a nap or from sleeping. Once she gets moving and works out the soreness she seems to be fine. Makes me second guess and almost regret putting her through the pains of surgery since she's still having the arthritic symptoms. Hind sight is always 20/20, I suppose.
I now know to do better research when selecting a pure breed. I knew she was going to be big, but wasn't expecting 120 lbs big. She's so sweet though. Labs are amazing dogs. So people friendly, she only wants to please. When I take her to the dog park she has to go say hello to all the humans before playing with the other dogs.
How old is Molly? I went back to look at the other thread, but I don't think you told us her age.
the HealthyPets.com page for Glyco-Flex III. It's made from New Zealand mussles. Keep in mind that for the first 6 weeks she's on it, you'll be giving Molly 5 of them per day. After that, the maintenance dose is 3 per day. I use the tablets for my dog because she eats everything I put in front of her. I just pop the big tablet in her food and she doesn't even realize it's there. My dachshunds prefer the chewies. I'll caution you that once you put her on it, try to always keep her on it or something just as effective. You'll see a huge difference in her mobility and she'll feel so much better that it would be inhumane to take that away from her.
Another couple of suggestions, if you don't mind. Does she like to sleep on a dog bed? Try to always encourage her to do this instead of sleeping on the hard floor. That will help with her soreness when she gets up and will also be much more comfortable on her tired joints. Low heat would be a good idea, too, if she'll tolerate it under the cover of her bed. I use a heating pad on low and put it under the outer cover of my dog's bed and then I throw a light, small blanket over the top of the bed for an extra layer between the pad and the dog. Also, make sure the bed is thick and substantial so that the innerds don't mush down and flatten out like cheap cedar beds. Even if you just get a piece of memory foam cut at the fabric store and cover it with an old sheet, that's much better than an inexpensive Wal-Mart bed.
Lastly, and then I'll stop my unsolicited advice, slow, steady, consistent exercise is much better than anything else. A regular couple of mid-length walks everyday would be perfect. You want to avoid stressing the joints, but they do need regular use to maintain strength.
My Velvet sounds like Molly when it comes to people. We use Vel as our "tester dog" when new dogs come for a visit before we agree to board them. Well, instead of doing her job telling me if the new dog will fit in, she'd rather chat up the people and get lovin' from them! Velvet starts "Reading with Velvet" tomorrow with the local second grade kids. She'll be in heaven!
Good luck with Molly. Let us know how it goes.