I found out last week that Mia has mild elbow and hip dysplasia
For the past few months after a good run, Mia would start limping the next day but after a few days the limp would be gone. However, it would start again after another run or session of fetch. Most recently, the limp was a lot worse and her leg wasn't getting better so I decided to get some x-rays done and the conclusion was mild elbow and hip dysplasia. The news sort of shocked me because she is so young, but at the same time it was sort of expected because of her breed (staffy/pit mix) and she is very muscular and compact.
The plan for the next 6 months is to have her take anti-inflammatories as needed and supplements: glucosamine, green lipped muscle powder, omega3s (salmon oil) and restrict her activity, slowly re-introducing her to exercise, and swimming (thank god summer is coming up, she loves to swim after her ball).
The vet is insisting on having Mia start on Cartrophen. Has anyone had any experience with this drug? I've read mixed reviews about it but my vet swears by it. She says to start Mia on one injection per week for 4 weeks, and then once a month and then once every 3 months. She is going to ask her manager if she can sell me a whole bottle instead of me coming in and paying per injection ($35/per injection).
I would rather just stick to the supplements for now to see if there's any improvement but by doing that and not doing the injections, would I be making things worse for her in the long run? The vet thinks that the supplements should be done together with the injections for it to be more effective (in slowing down the degeneration of her joints).