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bbbek:
Personally, I would get a second opinion from another vet. Preferably an orthopedic speapplest. Food and supplements aren't going to help much. Kind of like aspirin for a broken leg. All they do is put a big dent in your pocket. I'm not a vet, but I have worked as a vet tech and rescue Bloodhounds.  

RobinS:

--- Quote ---What do you have to say about Rimadyl?  I have read all the stories about liver and kidney failure but I wonder if the pain free life for my dog is worth the risk.

Barbara
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I'm not a vet, but from personal experience with my Mother's dog....I would avoid drugs until there was nothing else herbally/naturally that could be done to alleviate the pain.  I would go with a grain free diet and supplements to support joint health first.  

hanakid:
What do you have to say about Rimadyl?  I have read all the stories about liver and kidney failure but I wonder if the pain free life for my dog is worth the risk.

Barbara

RobinS:
You could do a home cooked diet that is higher in protein and lower in carbs. I am also going to recommend Agility supplement.  Here is a link:  
http://www.banditsbuddies.com/joint-health.shtml

Edited 3/27/08 - How about you switch to a high quality kibble such as Healthy Pet Net's Life Abundance or Flint River Ranch for 6 months, see how things go with the supplements you are using and see if there is improvement?  Sometimes just a switch to a higher quality food, you could even add in an egg a week for extra protein.  What food are you currently feeding?

hanakid:
I am sorry for my delay in replying.  My question now is how do I feed her without any grain?

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