O.D.Lid wrote:My dog is 7 1/2 years old and starting to show discomfort in his hips after a days work. In the water not so much but after field training he has a hard time in the evening.
My first Chessie was diagnosed with moderate dysplasia during an OFA prelim prior breeding before the 2yr-old limit for certification, which not only aborted his breeding career and ended his hunt testing but changed our training regimen. Both my vet and the one most area trialers used recommended limiting land work and emphasizing water work to prevent unnecessary pounding on the bad hip and strengthen the muscles that act as shock absorbers for it. So that's what we did: very little land work and tons of swimming between seasons. That dog went on to hunt 10 commercial club seasons at a time when we were hunting large white spreads and killing geese "by the truck load". All a roundabout way of suggesting a change in your off season practices.
Adequan injections yielded mixed results in his case, sometimes seeming to help, sometimes showing little or no difference.
Have a vet friend who's been recommending a product called Glyco Flex, because of good results with some
dogs, but it and other such glucosimine combos that work to slow, halt or even reverse cartilage loss, requires long term use to show results.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.