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    Glucosamine, is the jury still out?

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    Some studies are for, some against, some claim anecdotal evidence, others say its just the placebo effect.
    If you use it - or indeed stopped using it, what did you think?

    By the same token, if you eat a your marrow or gnaw away at chicken bones and tendons, ever had any joint or arthritis issues?

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    From individual experience, I have used it on multiple older dogs with joint issues from various causes....all have done seriously better on it rather then not. I tend to put them on something new and not change ANY other factor so I can narrow down what works best. Its not magical, and our older dogs still have some stability and muscle loss, but a limp while running will completely disappear while on supplements for example.

    Husband who has knee issues from playing baseball catcher and such reports major differences if he takes his glucosamine/msm regularly versus not. He climbs 14'ers while hunting/guiding for months during the summer and fall each year.

    So just our personal experience.

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    gelatin works well too

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    50% reduction in pain after 7 days of 4 pills a day. I am 65 and off ibuprofen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow View Post
    From individual experience, I have used it on multiple older dogs with joint issues from various causes....all have done seriously better on it rather then not. .
    Funnily enough, that's why I was asking. One of our dogs is a Lab who's getting a little long in the tooth, he's hyper, and I keep him slim, so no signs of trouble - but with labs, its always in the post.

    Good to see some folk are having positive results also, if - ha -when I start to go creaky in the knees, I might give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalPaz View Post
    gelatin works well too
    What kind of gelatin?

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    I have tried it several times. Never noticed any improvement.
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    I'm about 2 weeks into a trial run myself. Creaky knees still, but I promised to give it at least 6 weeks.

    Our dog is also on the trial; she's a 7 year old blue heeler who is occasionally stiff in the joints after long hikes/runs. No change yet, but hoping for the best.

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    I have two labs and I give it to them. My older one, who is 11, has pretty bad arthritis in her front legs. I noticed an improvement in her gait about 10 days after we started giving it to her. Of course, I started her on doggie NSAIDs and pain meds at the same time. There was improvement within 24 hours of beginning the NSAIDs and then another noticeable improvement at 10 days. I did not notice any difference in my younger dog but he does not have arthritis yet. Hoping to delay it for him.

    I used to have arthritis in my knees and did not really notice any difference. However, my arthritis was so advanced I had a double knee replacement last year at 43. I think it may have helped had the arthritis not been so advanced by the time I tried it.

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    I tried it for 3 months with no improvement in my aching hips. My sports med doc says resesrch indicates if it's going to help it will do so in 3 months or less. Also beware of a lot of crappy product on the market. Consumer Reports did an evaluaion and has a list of the good brands. I'm sure it's floating around the web.

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