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Old 01-04-2014, 07:17 AM   #1
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I have a 14 year old lab with bad arthritis. An xray disclosed he also has a lesion on his vertebrae. So he has a lot of trouble getting up and around.

Due to his age we have not opted for surgery for his spine as we think it would be too much for him.

We give him EVO Senior which does have some calcium. I regret to say he also gets a strip and a half of bacon which is used to hide the many meds he takes (Gabapentin, 3 tramadol, Rimadyl, and Amantadine) He now rejects pill pockets which he used to gulp like dog treats (we have tried peanut butter, cream cheese, bread, swedish meatballs, turkey hot dogs, a pill popper tool, etc., etc.) Bacon is the only thing that works and at his age not getting his meds would be worse than having some bacon.

Anyway, I am wondering if some more calcium would help with respect to building the bone in his vertebrae back up. As an experiment I ground up some Citrical and put it in his food and unlike when other meds are mixed with food he will eat it. (He no longer chews bones so he does not get any calcium that way.)

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:51 AM   #2
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Several years back, we had an old dog who had arthritis and was having trouble moving around. We started giving him ProSense Glucosamine Joint Care Advanced. It did help with his mobility. Don't know about adding calcium to his diet. Have you asked your vet? I'm sure someone will come along on the forum who knows more about this than I do. Good luck to you and your lab.

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Have you looked into Dasuquin? It is one of the best supplements for dogs with arthritis. I'd also add a fish oil supplement such as Welactin.

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