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So, it's not "official" but it's extremely likely that my 70lb Weimaraner has Hip Dysplasia as all the signs are pretty obvious-- which is probably why her owners gave her up at the pound. But the vet was nice enough not to "diagnose" her because we're still looking for insurance that covers this. She's only 2 years old and I've started her on some glucosamine/chondritin but apparently it's not enough.

The vet suggested 2000mg of Glucosamine a day but I can't find any dosage at Petsmart/Petco that are higher than 500mg. Not sure what brands out there are reputable. I'm looking at this:
http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=1862425

However, HUMAN glucosamine-chondroitin dosage is much higher/cheaper and I'm wondering if it's SAFE to give to her. :confused:
 

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Glucosamine and chondroitin are glucosamine and chondroitin, regardless of to what species they are marketed. You will want to check the label to make sure there is nothing added that might be harmful to your dog, but otherwise you should be fine with a human joint supplement. When in doubt, consult your vet.
 

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You probably wont find anything higher at petco/petsmart. Unless you just give them more pills up to the 2000mg lol

I currently use Aunt Jeni's joint supplement for my 10yo Lab. She does great.

http://www.auntjeni.com/FAQ_for_Arthritis_Joint_Aid.pdf She gets 4 pills/day to total 2000mg.

I used to give her Liquid Health joint supplement. She did good on that as well. It was just a pain giving her liquids vs the tablets.

http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodInterior.php?prodID=6
http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodInterior.php?prodID=40
http://www.liquidhealthinc.com/prodInterior.php?prodID=12
 

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I have been using Free and Easy by Dynamite for my 11 year old Rottweiler. It is not just Glucosamine and Condroitin. It has other things like Ester C, Gelatin, Cats' Claw, Aloe and amino acid chelates of key minerals to support joint health. It's ingredients all act in a synergistic way and is really effective. It is not cheap, it runs around $32.00 for 8 ounces but it is not expensive at all when you consider the results. She still leaps 3 feet in the air for a ball and races the puppies every day. Did I mention she is 11. LOL
 

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Thanks so much for the info-- I'm going to head out and buy some as soon as she finishes this bottle. :)
 
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