Hill's j/d dog kibble
However, he has mild arthritis. Actually we took him to see the vet as soon as the basic symptoms presented because we had a few other dogs with disc disease and were scared of what might happen. Plus we wanted to have his knees checked. His knees were perfect and his blood work is excellent. He is a dog who is inclined to let you know if he is in any discomfort - which can be a good thing.
We were put on Metacam for 2 weeks. Just in case of a stomach upset we were told to give him 10 mg of Pepcid 2 hours before the Metacam. We had no issues but did note that as it came close to the time of his Metacam dose that he was uncomfortable. But on day 4 he started to smile again which was great.
After the two week test of Metacam we were told to stop it and were started on Cartrophen injections - he will receive a series of 4 injections - today will be his third shot. I love this stuff. If all continues to go well he will not need to resume the Metacam which would be our preference due to the potential harmful effects on his kidneys. Also he is back to his former self with the shots.
We normally do not feed Hill's prescription food - except for keeping 2 cans of Hill's I/D on hand "just in case". So far except for feeding the cans to him post dental/gum surgery we have never had to use the I/D since he had the dog flu 11 years ago. We just keep replacing the cans as they expire.
One of my concerns about the j/d is that the first ingredient is corn. Our hounds did not have an issue with corn - the Spitz breed does. In truth though corn is only an issue for him in dog food. How a dog can eat anything without issue but have issues only with dog food is beyond me.
I would prefer to try a sample of the j/d before buying it - and I do know the cost of the full bag, but samples are not available at least not when I asked which was last week. I thought the 5 lb. bag of Fromm was expensive - $127 per month for the j/d s a lot considering his holistic cookies etc. etc.
He only weighs 25 lbs. hence the one bag a month. It could be worse.
Unfortunately Fromm does not make a joint food. The Missing Link went right through him but that was the skin formulation but over the years we tried it 3 times with the same result so I am hesitant to try The Missing Link joint supplement. I know that others have had the same issues. Then we have Dr. Maggie's joint tablets (thanks MrsPotato for the recommendation) and fish oil.
We are not to give him any supplements until post the Cartrophen shots - so we have another week.
I would appreciate any advice or first hand experience. Thanks.