It's becoming an on-going issue with my aging pigs. I'd really like a section referenced in the index with a page devoted to the different kinds of treatments or suggestions for improving quality of life on aging pigs.
Anyway, it would be nice and very helpful to me and I'm sure others.
Anybody what to put together a page?
I currently have a foster guinea pig that suffered a break in the past somewhere in her pelvis area. The vet said that taking an x-ray would only show where the break was, it wouldn't help. The vet also said she would likely get arthritis later in life in that area.
Currently she is estimated to be about 1 1/2 years old. Even though she clearly has a weakness in her hind quarters, she can scurry around when she wants to do so. Would it help to be proactive and start her on the supplement? If so, I would like to do so.
Could you post the name of the supplement, generic if possible, along with the dosage level? I personally like to shop at other stores than go to Wal-mart (unless I have to) and will check and see if it is available at CVS, Walgreens, Brooks, www.drugstore.com, etc.
Regarding the glucosamine supplement, here is the image of the bottle:
I found it at Wal-Mart in the vitamin isle for less than $14. But you are supposed to be able to get it at Costco, Walgreen's, RiteAid, Longs, and Brookes Pharmacy.
I think this is a press release from Symtec about the supplement.
For Butters, a 6+ year old neutered male, weighing about 1200 grams, his dosage is 1.0-1.5ml daily. I am going to see my vet on Friday (Aug 4th) for another matter, so at that time I can ask her to show me the calculations she used to come to that dosage. I love how this has helped Butters be as active as he wants to be now. But it has also helped another 7 1/2 year old male regain some flexiblity in his legs, plus made some of my middle-aged sows be less cranky and run away faster when I'm trying to catch them.
They all think it's a treat, and even some come running when they hear me shake the bottle. My vet has even begun keeping a supply of it at her clinic to give out to her patients. Maybe we're on to something.
- With a Touch of Insanity
She eventually ended up on daily doses of Metacam, but she had the calcium and teeth issues making things worse too. The Metacam did a good job at relieving her pain also. I continued the Glucosamine with the Metacam, per the vet's recommendation.
When I got Skip a year ago, Theresa and Leah said he was 5. Since I've had him a year, he's now in the area of needing some help.
I've noticed he doesn't go out of his pigaloo as much as he did earlier in the year. So, it could be due to stiffness.
When we put our geriatric dogs on this years ago, our vet said to "front load" the dosage and then back off. So, don't know if that still applies. We saw a huge difference in their comfort and activity level. The dogs went on to live to be 18, 17 and 16 respectively. Our vet was astounded by the 18 year old Golden Retriever. He believed Oliver to be one of the oldest he'd ever seen. I attribute it to making him so comfortable with the Glucosamine/Chondroitin combo.
Thank you for sharing this information. I'll pick some up for Skip and get him started.
- Supporter in '13
Incidentally, I have the x-rays for his stone here, and you can also see the arthritis in his knees. I'll try to scan and post them later tonight, if that would provide helpful info.
I was doing some research earlier, reading Pinta-posts. She said: "Arthritis shows as white lumpiness/swelling around a joint in an xray. Your vet will recognize it is it's there. Sometimes you can see the bone degrading at the joint."
- Supporter in '13
- Supporter in '13
Here's an x-ray of Peppi from August showing his bladder stone that was since removed, but also showing the arthritis in his back knees. At this size, it's a little hard to see, but there is fuzziness around the knee joints that indicates the arthritis. Lynx, if you think a larger picture at a higher resolution would be helpful, let me know. I have one.
FYI, Peppi is a 6 or 7 year old boar.