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Last year Pepper was having some limping issues. After taking her to the vet and getting x-rays he didn't find anything wrong with her - he thought she must have just pulled a muscle. However, he did notice some minor hip dysplasia in her back hips. I started giving her a glucosamine supplement (Gucosapet). At our next vet visit, the vet suggested that there were better supplements out there - I think he said Omega 3s would be better. We had just bought a big bottle of the Glucosapet though so I decided to finish it off before getting anything else. Now that it's gone I can't remember 100% what he recommended to get.

So what is good for hip dypslasia? I don't need a specific brand or product, just in general what is a good thing to look for in a supplement? She's not in pain so I don't think we need to go extreme like CBD or anything. She gets some stiffness sometimes after a long day of play/running.
 

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Not a vet. But Soro was on fish oil and glucosamine+chondroitin and Vitamin E (for the fish oil) - all from Costco - for almost all of his life. I started him knowing he was a large mixed breed from a shelter with unknown history. His hips are actually great, but I'm sure if I Xrayed his elbows they would have been less than perfect. The supplements made a difference because when he was off of it for a few months, I noticed he was just a tad stiffer than usual. I also used Adequan preventatively and saw improvement with that.

I hope you find what works for Pepper and I hope the limping from last year has been resolved!
 

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Thanks! Yes the limping issue seems to be solved; she doesn't limp anymore, but does get a bit stiff sometimes after a long day of play, running, etc.
 

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The way that I understand it, hip dysplasia is a physical malformation of the hips, so that ball joint is loose or able to partially dislocate, causing increasing pain. So, most non-surgical treatments are short term or partial treatments.

1. Fish oil and Omega-3 reduce inflammation and can be good for pain with minimal side effects, if any.
2. I like Cosequin DS Plus MSM [Costco sells this also], and it may help improve the hip joint cartilage. It will take at least 30 days before you see improvement, and improvement may level off after 60 days. Some dogs are not helped by Cosequin, etc., and it is only temporary for some dogs, but it is worth trying it.
3. Regular exercise, walking ~30 min. twice a day, at the dog's preferred speed or slower, can help.
4. I have not tried CBD, and I don't think there are any large sample, clinical studies, but I also have heard anything negative. If cost is not an issue, it might be worth trying for a couple of months to see if it helps?
 

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Thank you!

I'm going to see what our local pet store carries for supplements. I know they do have some good ones, I just was always using the Glucosapet before so never looked closely at their selection.
 
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