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Old 02-06-2016, 02:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Many foods these days cover "joint help" making it unnecessary. Add to which very few Labradors actually suffer from hip problems. The fact that Labradors are far and away the numerically largest breed means vets see more Labrador problems than any other breed gives an untrue picture. As an example, Springer Spaniels have a 15 year median of 10 and Border Collies12, Beagles 16, Sussex Spaniels 34 and Otter Hounds 46! Labradors on the other hand have a 15 year median is just 9, we are well into the best quarter of all breeds!

I'm really not into supplements, either for dogs or humans. with a good quality food they are simply not needed. But saying that, as I said earlier, I do feed a small tin of Pilchards in Tomato sauce at Sunday lunchtime, as a treat, and have done for very many years. (And they finished off my yesterday's sausage casserole for breakfast this morning. )

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Thanks John - I'm sure Archie would love pilchards every now and then

The reason I ask is because he has a clicky shoulder which the vet has checked and said that he's fine but suggested Seraquin as a supplement as there would be no harm in this but I'd rather something more natural tbh.

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Well, I can't see it would do any harm. I'd not use Cod Liver oil though because it's possible to OD on that, but I believe fish BODY oils are safe enough. If I was going down that route I'd look at human supplements rather than dog because by and large they are cheaper and the safety checks are higher.

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Front legs take rather less load than hind. If you think about it, all the drive is off the hind as shown by the size of the thigh muscles. Really the front legs are only there to prop the nose up off the ground!! The biggest loading on front legs and shoulders comes in landing after a jump over a fence or the like. So unless you are very unlucky or doing a lot of jumping Archie is unlikely to have much trouble.

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Thanks all for your thoughts!

I've started him on the salmon oil just because I have it after my mistaking his clicky harness for clicky hips!

I'll let you know how I get on.

After reading up on it, it seems cold pressed sustainable farmed salmon oil is the one to get which lucky for me, I happen to have accidentally ordered.
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Thanks all for your thoughts!

I've started him on the salmon oil just because I have it after my mistaking his clicky harness for clicky hips!

I'll let you know how I get on.

After reading up on it, it seems cold pressed sustainable farmed salmon oil is the one to get which lucky for me, I happen to have accidentally ordered.
Can I ask please did you order capsules or liquid - I'm thinking about getting some too but not sure in what form!

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I ordered liquid but mostly because I'm also dealing with a fussy eater and I know he likes fish.

I put 5ml into breakfast and 5ml into dinner. My husband forgot to put it in his dinner last night and Monty turned his nose up at it. Wolfed it down after we added the oil so I think it works for us in making food more palatable (remains to be seen if any other positive impact)
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I use virgin coconut oil whenever my babies have skin problems, it's also healthy for their coat. I've heard of the benefits of salmon oil and it sounds great, however, I haven't tried using it.
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Can I ask please did you order capsules or liquid - I'm thinking about getting some too but not sure in what form!
Generally speaking liquid is easier to use that capsules (and often cheaper!!) Because it smells fishy most dogs like the smell so it's easy to give, just put a little on their food. Problem with the liquid though is that it's not so easy to give a measured dose. One answer is to have a chat with your get and ask if you can have an old used hypodermic syringe, (minus the needle) then its easy to draw off a measured dose to squirt on the food. Vets often keep these old syringes to give to people when they have to administer medicine. (with that you gently pull the cheek flap out to form a pocket then squirt the medicine into the pocket with the syringe.)

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I hadn't thought of syringe-great idea.

I got a couple of cheap plastic pump head bottles from Amazon and decanted into them. Roughly three squirts was the right dose but not and exact science

We've kept giving it to Monty as he likes the taste on his food. I can't really see the difference in his coat but a couple of family members who haven't seen him in a while have commented he looks more glossy.

Who knows?!
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Because the improvement is slow we are often too close to our dog to notice the difference. We don't really see the "Before" and "After"

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