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Science Diet food J/d helps arthritis and joint problems

Dr. Johns,
Can you please tell me which is better for a small dog of 24 pounds, Dasuquin or J/d diet? Which is the better product? He has arthritis and joint problems, Every now and then he is on Adequan shots…please advise.
Thanking you in advance,

Marsha Howard
Miami


Dear Marsha,
J/d diet would be the best choice over Dasuquin or any of the other oral arthritis supplements. This is because there are more nutrients that target joint health in the Science Diet food J/d than you can get in a pill. It is a comprehensive joint support that ensures you never miss a dose because it is the very food your dog eats.

It can improve your dog’s mobility in three weeks. I know for my own dogs, they were running up and down stairs and jumping on the couch within the first month. It is a source of the Omega 3 fatty acid EPA which nourishes cartilage, and it has a controlled calorie content and L-carnitine to help maintain a healthy weight.

The only drawback would be if your dog just will not eat it. But I have not found that to be a problem in most dogs. It would also not be indicated if the dog has a health concern that requires that he be on a prescription diet such as K/d for kidney failure or C/d for bladder stones. In that case you would want to consult with your veterinarian about your options. Most likely you would have to stay with your specialized food and give the Dasuquin.

I do like the Adequan shots. Adequan is an injection that stimulates natural joint fluid production. Adequan is usually begun with a once a week regimen. This is continued for six weeks, and then the injections can be spaced out to once a month or whatever will work best for the pet. I see notable pain relief in about 75% of the dogs that receive injections.

You could find that feeding the J/d will allow you to avoid the Adequan injections completely, but if they are necessary you can rest assured that Adequan is very safe. It can be given to dogs with liver or kidney disease without worry.

Now, on an entirely different subject, with spring and summer on the way I would like to remind everyone of an old favorite for dogs with itchy skin. Aveeno Oatmeal Bath is something that I have always recommended as a way to treat itchy skin on pets. It is made of colloidal oatmeal and comes in little packets that you put in the bath water. A cool soak in oatmeal is a great way to soothe raw itchy skin in an emergency.

You can use finely ground oatmeal or baby oatmeal cereal, but Aveeno Oatmeal Bath packets are made for the job and do it well. Just mix a packet in cool water and let your dog soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
 

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