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Glucosamine & Chondroitin; Natural Remedies

Hi, Chubbs here.

I’m glad you stopped by.  I have been telling you about the changes we are making to my diet and I plan to feature much more on feeding your pet naturally.  Today I would like to talk about another important part of my rejuvenation.

In the long run, the extra expenditure on a diet for your pet that matches their natural diet will pay large dividends in vet bills that will not come, not to mention the increased vitality and longevity that this will create.

Glucosamine

Now I will talk about some of the issues facing a dog of advanced years like myself; and how I am solving them.

My largest issue at this point in my life is mobility. I am a bit portly, as you may have noticed, but my legs are rather thin for my size. Over the years, as I have been active my entire life, my joints have taken a beating as I jumped over rocks and pilings while fishing on the jetties, leaped in and out of Ron’s truck, and run with the wind in my younger days.  Knees, elbows, shoulders and wrists all lose cartilage through this normal wear and tear.

Daily walks have helped to maintain my joints somewhat; exercise does help to rebuild cartilage if your body has the proper building blocks. As I aged, however, my diet and the effects of my active life began to seriously inhibit my movements, to the point that my forays outside consisted of two or three short bathroom trips, certainly below the minimum steps required to maintain my weight and health.

Hip dysplasia is a disease of the hip in which the ball and joint are malformed, causing them to grind and rub rather than glide smoothly. Common in larger dogs, it can occur in smaller breeds but is less common.  The result is the same loss of cartilage and resulting joint pain and inflammation.

Rusty, one of the mutants, has a hip that pops out due to a malformation. His condition would require surgery to correct, but he gets by fine as it pops in easily as well. Surgery would be more of a hardship, but we monitor closely to address any condition before it can become a problem.

It is often difficult to diagnose these problems early, as dogs are notoriously not complainers and can ignore pain until it becomes severe.

Something had to be done!

Dogs need to run, and I no longer could.

Last year I started receiving Glucosamine injections to aid in rebuilding cartilage to cushions my joints. My vet determined that my joints were virtually  bone on bone, a painful situation. She prescribed the injections along with Rimadyl, an anti-inflammatory prescription drug to ease my pain. She suggested that if we did not want to spend the money (the injections are expensive), that we could find a food with glucosamine added.

The injections helped as did the Rimadyl.  I was back to our regular three mile hikes.

Another Setback Spurs More Action

Eventually, though, after a bout with an illness that had the vets advising my humans to make me as comfortable as possible and to prepare for the worst, I found myself having a hard time getting back on my feet.

This is where Ron decided to switch to a more natural diet and he also started researching glucosamine and the more he learned, the more he believed that we should add more of this amazing supplement to my diet.

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance that we all (even our humans) have in our bodies, mostly in our cartilage.  It is a primary building block of the cartilage that is synthesized naturally when we are younger.

As we age, our bodies create less and less of this compound and thus we lose the ability to repair the cartilage damage.

As I continued to deteriorate, though at a slower rate, Ron continued to look for ways to make me comfortable and bring back some of the bounce to my step. Where I used to stop and wait for him to catch up, he was now stopping to wait for me.

We found dry food with glucosamine added, but it had no noticeable alleviation of my joint pain.

Chubb’s Approved

Last May, after much research, he ordered some Joint Health Care Glucosamine chews with chondroitin and vitamin C. These are two more important compounds in the production of cartilage cells. This product is made in the U.S. and has great reviews.

We found the supplement on Amazon. Here is a link if you would like to try it. This product definitely comes Chubb’s Approved!

The customer service was very good.  They send emails to make sure that the customer is satisfied and request feedback.

Three Ingredients Work Together

This product also contains chondroitin, another naturally occurring  compound which works in conjunction with the glucosamine to combat and neutralize destructive enzymes that attack the joint.

The vitamin C in the treats boosts my immune system and neutralizes free radicals.

The chews are bacon flavor and contain all natural ingredients. with 500 milligrams of glucosamine, 400 milligrams of chondroitin, and 166 mg of vitamin C.

We followed the initial instructions to take three tablets (per my weight) for two weeks before falling back to one and a half to two chews per day for a maintenance plan.

Quick Results

The improvement was rapid and significant. My joints were less painful and I was once again up for our mile jaunts.

I will not say that I am ready to run a marathon, but at seventeen years old and not having been too picky about my diet over the years, these supplements, coupled with my switch to the more natural diet, has me feeling as though I still have a few good years left in me.

With all of the success utilizing natural solutions for my health issues, we are now looking into replacing the Rimadyl with something more natural as well, something that would avoid the side effects while still delivering the same level of pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties.

I think we have found just the thing.

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Raw Dog Food Diet Re-Set

Hi, Chubbs here.

I may have mentioned it before, but dog food is a subject very dear to my heart.

Last post I told you of our plans to switch to a raw diet.  We researched what the best foods for a dog of my experience (I’m not old!) would be and found that even the best kibbles fell far short of providing me with the nutrition that I need.

We settled upon mixing our own food to bring the most benefit to my brothers and I.  The raw diet seemed to best ensure the nutrients, enzymes and all other good stuff that is packed into the food remains.

Another Direction

Life gets in the way, though, and circumstance has delayed our switch to homemade cuisine.

We looked into the alternatives.  It turns out that there are some companies out there that do have my best interests in mind and make raw or “gently cooked” pet foods that more closely mimic our natural diets.

Raw Dog Food

We looked at Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and were impressed with their ingredients, knowledge and products.  I think that in the future we may use them in a pinch, but I found no local outlet nearby and so convenience changed up our plans a bit.

Gently Cooked

We found a product in local stores, in a refrigerated cabinet, FreshPet dog food.  Rhonda, Ron’s better half picked up a loaf of their gently cooked dog food for me to try.

I loved it.  It is much more tasty than the old dry food; even though we mixed in canned food and added some water, kibble was still just kibble.

My little brothers and I  have been eating the FreshPet for about a week and a half now and I am already feeling the difference.  (Murphy won’t eat it, but then he is pretty high-strung anyway, if you ask me)

Quick Results

In fact I had the energy to climb onto the pillow-top bed without too much help yesterday.  I haven’t had the inclination to try that for about a month or better.  It just looked like too much effort.  It looks doable again.

We plan to mix our own food eventually, when things settle down around here.  For the time being I think we have found an affordable alternative to get us through until we create a list of recipes and begin to mix our own.

I do know that I am through with the grain fillers that are in so much of the commercially prepared foods.  That, combined with the lack of nutrients and enzymes is likely the reason for most of the ailments that are assailing me over the past couple of years.

Ready to Walk

The cumulative effect of that diet has me overweight (just a bit) and out of energy but after getting back onto my glucosamine/chondroitin treats for my joints and eating the new food for a week, I am feeling like going for walks again.

The food that I have been eating comes in refrigerated  six pound loaves.  You then cut off the measured portions to feed your pet.  Ron uses the same knife to cut it up into smaller pieces and adds a bit of warm water to remove the chill.  Even the mutants (notorious picky eaters) dig right in.

And their energy has gone from a high level to off the charts.

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Mutant force

It is amazing what a good meal can do for your outlook on life.  Food has always been quite important to me and this feels like I am eating gourmet.

Natural Ingredients

They have a complete line of natural dog and cat foods in Beef, chicken, turkey, and salmon alone and in combination.  It is also has great stuff like spinach, blueberries, broccoli, and more.  You can learn more here.  This is Chubb’s recommended.
Ron and I will be sharing more as we see more improvement.  I will also share our search for a natural replacement for the prescription rimadyl that I am taking for the inflammation in my joints.  We have ordered some curcumin chews that should arrive any day now.  Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric.  I will let you know how it goes.

More To Come

Remember, always check with your vet if your pet is on prescription medication to make sure that there is no negative reaction.

Until next time, keep those tails wagging.

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