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Adopted Great Danes With Arthritis And Hip Issues

Author: John & Rebecca W.
Date: 04-15-2015
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Testimonial ID: 10587-OR
Scientific Studies: 4

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My husband and I have two Great Danes. Leo is 8 years old and weighs 180 pounds. Morgan is almost 2 years old and weighs in at a whopping 110 pounds! We adopted both of them from a local rescue group.

Leo came to us two years ago with mild arthritis in his shoulders. This is due to his age, so it is fairly normal. Our vet immediately put him on Rimadyl for this. We did not question it for some time, unfortunately.

Morgan came into our home as a foster dog, and we fell in love with her as soon as she jumped into our car and laid down. We adopted her after her 2-week mandatory foster period. We do not know anything about her past because she was picked up as a stray. She is a product of poor breeding and, because of this, has some serious issues.

We have not yet narrowed down the exact problems, but the vet believes that she has physical and neurological issues, specifically in regards to her hips. When we first got her, she would yelp, cry, and run when we would try to pet her back end, especially on the left side.

She was put on a steroid, a narcotic painkiller, and Rimadyl. She was fairly lethargic during the week that she was on all three medications. We decided that it was too much and that she did not deserve to live her life that way. So we weaned her off of the steroid and the narcotic and kept her on the Rimadyl. We figured that that would be a better option if it seemed like the discomfort was still gone.

We watched her closely for a few weeks. She had so much energy, and it seemed like her hips were not bothering her at all! She loves to play fetch, and running around and jumping did not seem to phase her.

After three months of having both of our fur babies on Rimadyl, we did some research about other products and decided to try going all natural with the pups. We started giving them 2 capsules of Sulfurzyme (one with breakfast and one with dinner) along with their Rimadyl pills. We added the powder to their food along with a bit of water. They gulped it down with no problems!

As we neared the end of our supply of Rimadyl, we increased the Sulfurzyme to 4 capsules (2 with breakfast and 2 with dinner). We ran out of their pills one week ago and have had the dogs exclusively on Sulfurzyme. They are doing amazing!

Both of them have more energy than before, and there is no sign of discomfort at all. We can touch Leo's front legs without him wincing, and Morgan would run, jump, and play fetch all day if we would let her.

In addition to the Sulfurzyme, we are putting 2 drops of Lavender essential oil on Leo's shoulders every morning and every evening, plus one drop of Peace & Calming essential oil blend on his head at night for his crazy running dreams. We do the same for Morgan using Copaiba essential oil.

What a huge difference these products have made on our big babies! Just amazing!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1."[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
2."Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is the most common cause of peripheral vestibular disease in dogs and, despite its dramatic clinical presentation, can improve without intervention."Link
3."We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
4."Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link

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