I have a 17-yr old miniature dachshund, longhair. He went through a trauma about 4 years ago when a vet botched anesthesia, and with much effort, he survived. This is only to establish that he is extremely nervous about vets in general.
I took him in recently for his annual, and did a complete panel of tests - bloodwork, urinalysis, heartworm, worms, lyme disease, etc.
The vet is kind of waffling on some of the results, saying the things could be an issue but might not be, so I do plan on getting a 2nd opinion from a vet I know and trust (but who is a long distance away).
Here is the question, the local vet wants me to change some of my dog's supplements. And I'm wondering if this is really necessary, or if she is just wanting me to buy things directly from her. There are several...
I've been giving Inclover Glucosamine (Connectin Hip & Joint) - contains glucosamine HCL, Chondroitin, hyaluronic acid with herbs. Vet wants me to switch to Dasequin - glucosamine HCL, Sodium Chondriotin Sulfate, Avocado/Soybeen Unsaponifiables powder, and the difference being it includes MSM. The vet said this helps with absorption.
Second supplement... I've been giving Grizzly Salmon Oil (brand) that contains: Omega 3 - DHA and EPA, Omega 6. Ingredients: salmon oil and tocopherols (preservative). Vet wants me to switch to VRN Omega Cognitive Benefits: Omega 3 - DHA and EPA, but from squid.
Also, regarding prescription foods. Are there alternatives? I'm looking at a prescription kidney diet. The vet was all over the place... said, looking at urinalysis, that there could be a problem but there might not be, normal numbers can vary.
Price difference is substantial, and I'm balancing this along with other meds (my dog is 17). Any info or thoughts are appreciated.
He is having some back pain. Vet put him on galliprant, which is supposed to be a bit easier on the liver. But my dog was throwing up and sleeping all day and stopped eating. So I stopped. At that point he could barely stand. I put him on prednisone, and he is improving. He is much brighter and wanting to eat. The vet is aware I switched to pred and is OK with it. I also put him on Clindamycin (prescribed by vet) for dental issues as he cannot be put under anesthesia for dental work. I tell you this, just to give you the big picture.