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  • I found "The Rainbow Bridge" right after Murphy passed away...it was a great article to read. Google "Rainbow Bridge"....it helped me so much. I would be honored to read the poem, although my emotions are still raw, reading bring me comfort. Thank you so much for starting this topic. It might not be about our backs but it still covers a part of pain in our lives.

  • Hi shar, just wanted to post a quick note that ill find that poem for ya shortly.
    It got icy up here on Wednesday and I crashed a car, so Ive been in bed for a few days :''( ..
    Wasnt hurt this time lol. Just stiff all over...
    ANYWAY- Ill find it ASAP, its a great one, and I cant wait to get it to ya.
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  • That is so sweet of you. Sorry about the crash, glad you are ok. I have an awful fear of just a fender bender since my neck surgery. I have even thought of wearing my neck brace when in the car.....my hubby thinks I am nuts but he also thinks he drives great.
  • She is on a high dose (100mg. per day) which is what I used to take. I feel uneasy about it, but I will tell you this, she is able to run now (something she hasn't done for years) and very rarely yelps when she gets up from a laying position. I think it has helped her immensely. She is unable to tolerate Rimadyl or any anti-inflammatory due to stomach issues. I also feed her only organic food after the chinese food was killing our pets. That too has improved her quality of life. She will be 12 in February and she is my baby. :)
  • I My golden retriever is also on tramadol. 50mg 1-2 every 12 hours. I have not followed this though. I was giving him just 1 per day & just have started 2xper day. I can see that it has helped. He is 11 years old & very arthritic. No more cortisone shots.
    I am so sorry for those who have lost there beloved pets. I truly understand as I had to let my Lucy go New Years Eve 2007. We only had her for 2 1/2 years as she was a rescue. She was severely malnurished & abused among many many health problems, when we got her. We loved her all that we could & gave her proper care. She felt loved for the first time, I truly believe this. We were selfish as to keep her too long but I honestly belive that she didn't want to leave us either. I miss her every day.
    I'm sorry to ramble. This really touched me.
    I will be trying the stew. I would prefer my dogs being on a true natural diet that I can control what's in it & not. I plan to make it tomorroe & will let you know what they think.
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  • There are a ton on arthritis meds out there, most containing things like glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, etc. (just like for humans). You have to be careful with nutritional supplements, because they are not regulated by the FDA. With no regulation, there's no quality control and just because the bottle says 1000mg doesn't mean it actually contains 1000mg. When it comes to nutriceuticals, stick with reputable companies.

    For our older and arthritic patients, we have had really good luck with a product call "Joint Strong". The company's website is www.an-nat.com so you can check out the ingredients and how to order. It's loaded with joint supports, natural anti-inflamatories and anti-oxidants. It's a powder that you sprinkle on their food and most dogs LOVE it.

    BTW, we use tramadol a lot for our surgery, cancer and chronic pain patients.
  • i'm obsessed with canine nutrition and cook for my dogs, even when i can't/don't cook for myself. they eat way better than i do! :))(

    because of that, i'm compelled to say... if you're feeding that recipe exclusively, you need to add a calcium supplement to balance it. dogs require a specific ratio of calcium to phosphorus - ~1.2-1.5 parts calcium for every 1 part phosphorus. if i had to take a ballpark guess, i'd say that recipe probably has a ratio of 1 part calcium for every 7 parts phosphorus.

    here's some of the basic information on that from the merck veterinary manual - click "trace minerals" on the menu:



  • Wow, are you a vet? I recently took Merc to the vet for his 6 month checkup and told the vet about this stew. He said it sounded great, but to add some calcium, like Tums or egg shells.

    So that's being done now.

    Like I said, You're GOOD! =D>
  • No, I'm not a vet.. although I've considered it to save myself some money! :))(

    I've put endless hours into researching my dogs' diets, just to make sure I've got it exactly right. There seems to be a lot of areas where the information conflicts, but everything I've read has some level of agreement when it comes to that calcium/phosphorus balance. ;)

    If you grind up an egg shell to a medium consistency, 3/4 tsp of that powder has approximately 1470mg of calcium. There's some variation in the exact amount, because everybody has their own idea of what constitutes a fine, medium, or course grind.

    I put whole eggs into my stew, shell and all. The egg shells have enough calcium to balance the phosphorus in the vegetables I use. I also use whole chickens with the bones ground up, because a whole chicken has a natural calcium/phosphorus balance.

    Ahh, but I could babble on this particular topic for hours. And do! :D
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