I have a 9 year old lab who is slowing down but doing good. Just wondering if I should be giving him vitamins and if so, what is the best?
The best supplement for an older dog is Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
The correct ratio is 1500 mg Gluc/1000 mg Chond.
MSM is also a good natural anti-inflammatory as well as human grade Vit. C and fish oil.
Last edited by javasmom; 05-24-2012 at 02:42 PM.
If you're looking for a good, easy and affordable supplement, try Hylasport Canine (sold online only at PupSup Supplements for Dogs!).
It has Gluc/Chond/HA/MSM & Vit. C in a beef flavored powder. You mix it in with their food once a day, add a little water and it makes a nice gravy.
I give it to my girl Java...she's only 3 but she had bilateral knee repairs 2 years ago and also has OCD, DJD & ED. It works great!!
$60 for a 6 month supply.
Neither of those formulas are appropriate for helping an older dog-neither formula has Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Vit. C or HA. They have a small (inconsequential) amount of Omegas.
Nothing in there that would benefit an older dog with joint issues.
Nothing that would even make me interested in buying it.
Actually, nutrients have a lot to do with an aging dog. Just like older humans who NEED nutrients, older dogs need nutrients as well. That formula has omega 3, 6, and 9 from flax seed. Which is not only good for heart health, but for joint health which prevents inflammation and lubricates. Its just a suggestion. I actually just started using this product and I have noticed a huge difference on my dog. These forums are to expand everyone's knowledge, not to degrade other peoples opinion.