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I recently had luxated patella surgery on one rear leg for my 10 month old Malte, Jimmi. Her other leg is Grade 1 and although I mentioned glucosamine to strengthen her other leg, my vet kind of poo-poo'd it. Has anyone else been recommended this after LP surgery and if so, what are your results thusfar?

Thanks, I'm just trying to strengthen her other leg!
 

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Originally posted by Jimmi@Apr 7 2005, 09:26 PM
I recently had luxated patella surgery on one rear leg for my 10 month old Malte, Jimmi. Her other leg is Grade 1 and although I mentioned glucosamine to strengthen her other leg, my vet kind of poo-poo'd it. Has anyone else been recommended this after LP surgery and if so, what are your results thusfar?

Thanks, I'm just trying to strengthen her other leg!
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Hi!

The specialist we took Miko to recommended glucosamine after surgery (only after I asked) but didn't really say if it would make any difference. I don't know how much of a difference it would make. He mentioned Consequin (spelling?) as being one of the better glucosamine products. There are lots of glucosamines out there but I guess the purity varies! I have given glucosamine to Miko off and on for a few months. I haven't really noticed a difference.

How is Jimmi doing?
 

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Glycoflex makes good supplement, too.

The good ones are expensive. Watch out for the cheaper glucosamine supplements as they don't contain enough to make a difference. Ditto the commercial foods that contain glucosamine.
 

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Originally posted by okw+Apr 7 2005, 11:35 PM-->
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@Apr 7 2005, 09:26 PM
I recently had luxated patella surgery on one rear leg for my 10 month old Malte, Jimmi. Her other leg is Grade 1 and although I mentioned glucosamine to strengthen her other leg, my vet kind of poo-poo'd it. Has anyone else been recommended this after LP surgery and if so, what are your results thusfar?

Thanks, I'm just trying to strengthen her other leg!
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Hi!

The specialist we took Miko to recommended glucosamine after surgery (only after I asked) but didn't really say if it would make any difference. I don't know how much of a difference it would make. He mentioned Consequin (spelling?) as being one of the better glucosamine products. There are lots of glucosamines out there but I guess the purity varies! I have given glucosamine to Miko off and on for a few months. I haven't really noticed a difference.

How is Jimmi doing?
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I'm going to ask my vet monday about Cosequin. I've heard Nutro Max small bite kibble is good for arthritic and "joint challenged" dogs so I may switch to that. Jimmi is doing great, her stitches come out and bandage comes off on Monday. She's doing a little "toe touching" on the post op leg walking on it tenderly. The Vet said this is a very good sign but it will take a few months w/therapy before the leg is completely limp-free. I hadn't realized this as reading through the other LP thread, it seems that most dogs were off and running again after a week. I can't wait!
It's straight to the groomer for extra TLC as she turned into a huge hairball where the bandage was.
 

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Commercial foods don't have enough glucosamine to have any benefit. When my vet recommended starting Lady on a glucosamine supplement, she calculated out how many milligrams Lady would need per day based on her weight (9 pounds). I believe it was 300.

Switching to Nutro Max won't hurt, but you will still need to add a supplement. Stick with Glycoflex or Cosequin, as your vet recommended.
 
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