Elbow & Hip Dysplasia - Cartrophen injections?

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Old 03-19-2018, 02:41 PM
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Elbow & Hip Dysplasia - Cartrophen injections?

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).
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:38 PM
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Cartrophen is a bit hit and miss, some swear by it, others don't find it helps and the evidence it works is not fantastic but I would say it is best used in mild cases of disease rather than really advanced arthritis. It is very safe so there should be no harm in following your vets recommendation and assessing how much benefit there seems to be after the 4 injection course. Evidence wise, the same is true about many supplements, even the most commonly used ones. Fish oils are probably the best along with maintaining a health lean weight, exercise management like you suggest as well as environmental management with soft, draft free bedding. I've got a whole video about
if you're interested. Sounds like you're planning on doing a great job, hope it all works out for Mia
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So sorry to hear about Mia having mild elbow and hip dysplasia. I hope the supplement treatments work.

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Thanks @StormyPeak I'm still wrapping my head around it all. Just thinking that she can't have the same active lifestyle as before is making me sick to my stomach. She loves to run and play with her doggy friends, she loves her ball and playing fetch, taking 2-3 hour hikes in the forest...all these things she won't be able to do...

Thanks @Our Pets Health for the video! The vet wants her to lose a couple of lbs but I don't know "what" is there to lose because she's all muscle. She's already pretty lean, if she loses any more weight it's going to be muscle mass. I'm going to see the vet again on Saturday so I'll bring this up to her.

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So sorry to hear about Mia. If you're uncomfortable with anything that the vet is suggesting, you can always get a second opinion. Maybe they will have an idea that you're more comfortable with.
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Have a friend that had her dog on laser treatments twice a week for hip dysplasia. Seemed to help, certainly did no harm, but there are not many Vets that have that equipment, so if you pursue that avenue, you will have to do some research on Vets in your area, to find who has the equipment.
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