As I recall, that's minerals with glucosamine and a little MSM?Alicia Mertz said:Jaeger is starting to have some trouble getting up after he's been laying down for a while, so I'm thinking it's time for a joint supplement (since he's mild HD). Someone who has one of Jaeger's brothers (who is also mild HD) uses this: http://www.bullwrinkle.com/index.html?ShoppingPages/glycoflex.htm~indexmain..
She has great results with it. I was actually thinking about the Joint Max Triple Strength, though (the link to it is at the bottom of that page...\"Compare to NEW Joint Max\"). What do you all think? Can you make any better suggestions?...Alicia
Does it contain chondroitin, which hasn't panned out the way glucosamine has? If it does not, I'd consider that an indication that they have updated their research. :>)
(BTW, the recent studies showing less benefit than expected from glucosamine on humans who were elderly and in advanced states of OA did not convince me, because of the size of the study, the length of it, and the fact that it measured only the participants' determination of knee pain, and not any evidence of cartilage repair.......and other reasons, too.)
First stage pf joint problems, for me, calls for glucosamine (human quality), plus fish muscle oil and Vitamin E (they work together) and MSM.
The glucosamine's benefit is to support actual regrowth of cartilage, and the salmon oil (with Vitamin E) is a major anti-inflammation agent. MSM may help with both these aspects of support.
So if the product contains the amount of glucosamine, etc., you want to give, and doesn't require that you buy extra of one or more of the ingredients (which kind of defeats the purpose of the all-in-one formula), then I'd say why not? On the other hand, if it costs a fortune, and if the individual ingredients do not, then......it's up to you.
Either way, I would definitely want to give pharmaceutical-grade distilled* salmon (not fish LIVER) oil, plus the extra Vitamin E that oil supplements for dogs require, besides.
I have a link to the list of companies that voluntarily meet the highest fish oil standards, and will find and post it.
I would make a list of these items and call the vet asking about specific dosages. For the fish oil, I use the amount recommended on the bottle for humans and adjust it by weight for the dog, assuming that it refers to a 150-pound human. Again, though, the vet will help you, and probably with just a call.
*to leave behind heavy metals, like mercury