Sent this to Connie, figured I'd also throw it out to the group....need suggestions for a friend of mine. RAW is not an option.
Here's the deal:
Nate: 3 year old male GSD (78 lbs.) with FCP and UCP diagnosed in both elbows at age 1. Had elbow surgery at University of Iowa in Ames by Dr. Conzemius at a little of 1 year old and seemed to help with his limping significantly (has more of a "unique" gait now - not a limp but if you know shepherds - you know it's not "normal"). He already has some arthritis in both elbows so the Dr. recommended Hills Science Diet Prescription formula (for joints = j/d formula). We notice a difference in his limping if he doesn't have that food because we experimented giving him the Canidae that Sophie eats with an omega 3 oil supplement and seemed he didn't do as well.
Sophie: 1 year old female Rhodesian Ridgeback (90 lbs): overall great health. We give her the Canidae dry food
Both get a omega 3 oil supplement on their food a.m. and p.m. We originally were doing it for shedding (but doesn't really seem to do anything) but we hope it's good for them in general.
Open to any and all food/health suggestions for both dogs but Nate especially.