Back on July 12 2011, Lars underwent TPLO surgery on his left rear knee, more specifically a torn cruciate ligament repair. How he sustained the injury is anybody’s guess, but I am pretty sure he slipped on ice back in the winter, when on one of his many romps around our dog park. As for diagnosing his injury, it took a good six months of this and that before it was determined that he had actually torn his cruciate ligament, and once that was known, surgery was booked, Bar went under the knife and has now past the 19 week post op mark and is doing great!
The surgery is actually quite intense as far as dog knee surgeries go, and involves cutting some of the tibia away, rotating it to reduce the angle at which it meets the femur and then bolting it in place using a plate and six screws. The damaged joint is stable right away, which makes recovery from this type of surgery quite quick if everything goes to plan, but for Bar it took a little longer than hoped, but now he is on the right track for sure and is pretty close to fully recovered.
So what exactly is glucosamine? According to the Mayo Clinic it is a natural compound that can be found in healthy cartilage. I am going to pretend to be a scientist and give you a breakdown of the nuts and bolts, of this miracle compound.
One of the most widely used dietary supplements to treat and even help prevent arthritis in dogs is Glucosamine. Glucosamine is a chemical compound found naturally in the cartilage and synovial fluid of a dog’s joints and most dogs respond very well to being given it in a food supplement. It is essential for the healthy function of your dog – for healthy gristle, damage repair, strengthening tissues, smooth movement and overall health and happiness of your dog.
As with humans, your dogs joints will experience wear and tear throughout their life. In a dog with arthritis, this deterioration is happening at an increased rate. The body has ceased being able to repair itself to full health. By adding Glucosamine to your dogs diet a number of benefits can be achieved:
- Helps to soothe your dogs aching joints
- Decrease inflammation and associated pain
- Provides significant relief from discomfort
- Slow the progress of the disease
- Increases your dogs body’s ability to repair itself
- Strengthen connective tissues.
Glucosamine chondroitin for dogs has become a very popular method of combating arthritis in dogs as like people as they age they develop wear and tear of their ligaments, tendons and joint fluids. The supplement reduces inflammation in joints, thus making them easier to manipulate, thus eliminating pain and discomfort. Because Lars has a knee that has been surgically repaired, the risk of him developing arthritis in the joint is significantly higher than it would be if he had not needed the surgery, and I have already resigned myself to this fact. That said, there is something I can do to ease whatever pain he may have, if any down the road and figure that now is not a bad time to get the ball rolling.
One thing I have noticed already with him and his leg, is that when it is colder, he is stiffer in the joint and this is another area where joint supplements can help keep things moving smoothly. My friend’s Boxer has been on one of the best glucosamine for dogs supplements for a while now and according to my friend his ‘ol boy is finding it much easier to move about, not restricted as much by arthritis of his back legs. So, how do you tell if your dog has arthritis?
As for the dosage of glucosamine I will be giving Lars, I will need to do some more research on the appropriate dose recommended for his size. Bar is a healthy 70ish pounds but I do not know if this matters much when determining how much glucosamine for dogs to give him.