So, as most of you know I have always had and loved Great Danes. I love their kind disposition and their gentle nature. They truly are the ‘gentle giants’. Unfortunately, with the large size comes the short lifespan.
Although this is heartbreaking, I continue to love the breed for all the years of joy that I can have with them. As well as the short life span comes faster aging. For instance, most dogs at 5 years of age are just coming into their prime. However, Danes at 5 are already in their senior years. With this comes the usual health and joint concerns.
Having had many Danes throughout my life, I can honestly say that I have pretty much tried every nutraceutical out there for joint health. My old girl Emma, she’s eight, has been on Metacam now for 2 years and struggles to get up and about. Actually, most times I go home at lunch, I have to drag her out of bed to go out for a pee!
She has been on a number of supplements, which although I am sure have helped, I did not see any outward signs of change with her arthritis….that is until now!
Sogeval came out with a new product called Tricox about 6 months ago. It is a chewable treat that you give your dogs to aid in the relief of arthritis and to help with the immune reaction found in arthritic joints. As well as having glucosamine and MSM, it has some new age natural products to aid in cartilage health which are completely safe for your pet. They claimed that I should be able to decrease Emma’s Metacam dose with this new product.
So of course I had to try it out on Emma.
I will admit that I was not expecting miracles and for the first 6 weeks I did not see any. In around week 7, Emma started initiating play with our other Dane Indy and grabbing squeaky toys and jumping around?!! Now believe me when I say this, I have not seen Emma do this sort of behaviour in the last 5 years!!!! She actually looked happy and I actually looked stunned! LOL!!!
So I started reducing her Metacam daily dose, and over 2 weeks I stopped it completely and have seen no deterioration in her condition. She is still happy and playful! So, YES, I am amazed! And happy! I am so happy that she is feeling well enough to play and that I can actually postpone using anti-inflammatories.
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Thanks for reading.
Written by Dr.Suzanne McQueen DVM