hello I have a black lab named Dori and she is 8 yrs old i have taken her to the vet and she seems to have tumor masses that dont appear to bother her but she also has a touch of artheritis and told me to buy this 30 jar of joint powder.I curently have her on 4 cups a day of kibbles and bits thats the healthiest cheap food i can find i am wondering with her problem what would be a cheaper joint formula that is good that i could get her on.? We have another dog as well and she plays alot with him. she also plays ball alot so i am wondering just how bad that the fatty tumors could be really. i would appreciate any help thank you.
Labs are notorious for fatty tumors. I don't remove my dogs' unless they are in a spot where it causes the dog discomfort or inhibits the dogs' movement.
Is there a Costco or Sams Club near you? I use the Kirkland brand Glucosamine and MSN on my older dogs. It's human form, but cheaper than most dog products. 2 a day and my dogs are doing pretty well. If you don't have a Costco or Sams Club, try something like Move Free that you can buy in any pharmacy.
♣ Laura ♣
thanks for that i will definately try that
I agree with the advice Labby gave you but can add some slightly different alternatives.
For food, if you're a member of a Costco, their Kirkland Chicken & Rice (or similar Lamb & Rice) food for adult dogs is an excellent formula lower cost food. A food with slightly different but with roughly similar formulas (made by the same company) is the brand "Diamond Naturals." (Not plain "Diamond"--that's a cheaper AND much lower grade food.) These are sold in 40 lb. bags for a bit over $28?/bag , the Costco being a few $$ cheaper. I'll ETA Diamond Naturals locator for stores that sell that product: Pet Nutrition Retailers for Diamond Pet Foods
(When there's just a single dog eating, sometimes it's best to transfer the 40 lb. bag's contents into 10-11 sealed one gallon Ziplock freezer bags right after opening the 40 lb. bag to avoid the food becoming stale toward the latter part of the bag. I needed to do this when my Puff was younger but now that she's 9 y.o., her taste buds--like mine--are no longer quite as taste sensitive.)
I've not read any evaluations on Costco's Kirkland Glucosamine & MSM but Consumer Reports has rated their Kirkland Glucosamine & Chondroitin as being the most potent, therapeutically effective, and best $$ value of other G&C products.
My Puff and I have both taken it daily for many years. I've taken G&C for many years to avoid arthritic pain and, before switching to Costco's Kirkland, consistently used the Schiff Move Free brand. [FWIW: While on vacation many years ago, I forgot to take my G&C along. After about 8-10 days without, I began experiencing pain. I bought a new bottle and began taking it immediately but it took over a week to build up enough in my system to be effective.]
Also, as Labby noted, many Labs get fatty tumors. My Puff has 2 and they've both been aspirated and found to be benign at Kansas State's CollVetMed Small Animal Clinic where we go for all our vet work.
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Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
thanks for all your help that s great i will try and look into that diamond natural. i really only have frys and walmart close to me and we have feed stores hear as well