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Old December 1st, 2009, 08:39 PM
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green lipped mussel powder

I am trying to find this stuff and no one seems to carry it. I was hoping someone on this site has tried to before and can help me find where to get it and if it really does work good.... THANKS


it is for my two and a half year pitty that hurt her back leg
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Old December 1st, 2009, 10:20 PM
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I am trying to find this stuff and no one seems to carry it. I was hoping someone on this site has tried to before and can help me find where to get it and if it really does work good.... THANKS


it is for my two and a half year pitty that hurt her back leg
Where have you looked? You can usually find green lipped mussel, also known as Perna canaliculus, at a health food store.

Another option is to use Glyco-Flex, which contains Perna along with other ingredients like glucosamine and MSM.

What happened to your dog's leg? Did the vet have any suggestions on what you could do?
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 12:25 PM
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My lab has had TPLO surgeries for torn CCL ligaments and I normally only use Glucosamine/Chondroitin (sometimes with MSM included) as well as salmon/fish oil and vitamin e . I have added green lipped mussel but only used it until the bottle ran out but for the time I included it I didn't notice any difference. I don't know if we gave it enough time but unfortunately we can no longer afford to purchase it.

The brand I used was from NOW ....

http://www.nowfoods.com/Products/Pro...ort%20Products

Here is their quality statement ....

http://www.nowfoods.com/Quality/index.htm

What happened to your pittie's leg and how long ago did it happen? Has she had surgery or are you considering it?

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:53 PM
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she partially torn her cruciate . the vet said surgery i said no way.he said try rest and cartrophen shots . that was about five months ago. when i went in for a checkup with her huge improvement they said she woulndt need surgury. so right now she only gets short walks cuz she needs to get out and lots of glucomine and that recovery stuff. she walks on her leg fine and she can run fine but it is after she has been laying down for a bit that she starts to favour her leg. i know with more time she will only get better but i want to do anything i possibly can to help her heal faster... any suggestions would be really awesome
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Old December 4th, 2009, 01:08 AM
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Since it has been five months since she tore her ligament I would seriously consider surgery.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 07:11 AM
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i know with more time she will only get better
Not necessarily. Arthritis will be a big problem as time goes on (if it isn't already) and all the green lipped mussel in the world won't be strong enough to help. More info: http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/Hea...gamentRupture/

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In mid-size and large breed dogs, the lameness associated with CCL injury improves but the animal never returns to full athletic function without evidence of recurring lameness. Furthermore, a knee deficient of a CCL predisposes the animal to injury to other structures within the knee, such as the menisci, which are the shock absorbers of the knee. Damage to the menisci results in progression of the osteoarthritis and lameness. Partial cranial cruciate ligament tears are difficult to diagnose in the early stages of injury. Initially, affected animals have a mild weight-bearing lameness associated with exercise, and until degenerative changes develop, the lameness resolves with rest. Later, however, as the ligament continues to tear and the stifle becomes increasingly unstable, degenerative changes worsen and lameness becomes more pronounced and does not resolve with rest.
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Conservative treatment usually entails rest and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication for 6-8 weeks. Once the majority of pain and inflammation is resolved, then a conservative regime of exercise and weight loss (if necessary) should be initiated. Conservative therapy of CCL is best tolerated in patients weighing less than 15 kg. Results are more unpredictable in the larger animals. Given enough time, the lameness and pain often resolves within small patients managed conservatively. These animals appear to function normally on the injured leg; however, instability from the CCL injury persists and secondary degenerative joint disease inevitably develops.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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I would strongly suggest that you rethink your position on no surgery. Ligament tears do not heal on their own, ever. The inflammation can make the lameness appear to improve but it's only an illusion. The original problem is still there.

While you may be able to keep her going for a while with the supplements, the damage occuring in the leg will eventually lead to severe arthritis.

I have a newf that went for almost 18 months with a torn ACL. She was repeatedly misdiagnosed as having panosteitis until I finally took her to an orthopedic specialist. She had a TPLO in 2007.
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