We were referred to you by Dr. Mxxx. He believes you can help us with Bella, our 5 year old blonde lab who was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia 2 years ago. Since then, she has consistently been on Rimadyl. We visited Dr. X (a vet surgeon) and discussed surgery options. At that time we opted for the routine and consistent Rimadyl therapy and to consider other options (hip replacement) for the future.
We were very intrigued and encouraged to receive your information from Dr. Mxxx as we would very much like to pursue alternative forms of therapy and conditioning to improve Bella’s current and future quality of life.
We would be most pleased if you could contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule a consultation to discuss our options.
Art and Caryl
parents of Bella (Lab), Dakota (German Short-Haired Pointer), Raja (cat) and newest addition, Tucker (horse)
Even though I left you guys with a written note card of things I wanted you to follow for Bella at the time of our in-person visit, here is also the aforementioned bullet point email summing up our discussion during our visit pertaining to Bella last Tuesday.
I am also sending a copy to Dr. Mxxx so he may be in our loop.
Thank you for inviting me to help with Bella’s quality of life, and I hope you find the protocol easy to manage. Text, call, or mail if you have any questions after having worked on the protocol the past couple of days.
1) Consider switching Bella to Wellness Core or another grain-free food. One reason for this change is to cut down on inflammation-causing agents in Bella’s lifestyle. All the dogs (and humans) I have dealt with have thrived when fed grain-free and a substantial diet using other nutrients. You indicated that Dr. Mxxx would be open to this suggestion.
2) Begin giving Bella ~500 mg EPA (and complementary DHA) in fish oil, using capsules, daily. I am not a fan of bottled oil due to potential for rancidity and potential for breaking up the fatty acid chains with shaking, which people tend to do with bottles of liquid. Long-term research evaluation has led me to understand that there are too many complications (rancidity, fragile fatty acid chain, heating of oil changes composition, etc…) when fish oil/omega 3’s are added to processed food sources. As well, I find fault with the research promoted by predominant dog food manufacturers, in that the therapeutic dosing for a dog Bella’s size may be found in 1-4 capsules of easily-obtainable fish oil, as opposed to the much higher number reported in the food company’s statements, either from a vet or from a “human” brand source. There are other major questions and loopholes regarding the research promoted by the dog food companies, and if the animal is to have the best opportunity to “fight” arthritis and thrive in other ways, then the choice of going grain free eradicates some of the popular food brands containing fish oil at the outset. The addition of fish oil and the elimination of grains has been proved in research over the years to be of much assistance to a variety of mammalian corporeal systems, if for no other reasons than that grains are pro-inflammatory and most mammals don’t digest them well, as well as most of us just don’t need all those starches…
3) Add a glucosamine/chondroitin/msm supplement to Bella’s daily routine…check with Dr. Mxxx to see if they carry one of the vet formulations. I recommend obtaining this from your vet or from a “human” brand source vs the products at the animal supply chain stores. You may check ConsumerLab.com or Labdoor.com if you are wary of some of the human brands or look for some of the brands I recommended that are available locally. I do not recommend a “dog” version other than the ones you may find available from your vet.
4) Continue Rimadyl and any other pain meds as scripted. Don’t forget to schedule bloodwork rechecks with the clinic while on the nsaid (Rimadyl).
5) Using my FHO homework, start Bella at week 2, 2-4 x 10 min walks daily, very, very slowly. Please read all the guidelines cited on the homework. 🙂
6) Go to my dog massage video under “Videos” on this website. Please watch it and follow the instructions, massaging Bella daily for 2 weeks.
7) We will recheck in 2 weeks to evaluate her homework performance and upgrade her homework and drills (hopefully).
Thank you, again!