I bought some bones with the marrow in the middle from my local butcher. I asked for joint or soup bones but he didn't have any. Do you think if I boil these down to a bone broth it will help my 9 year old German Shepherd who is just recently starting to show hip problems?
If bone broth is not the way I should go then PLEASE PLEASE advise what else I should do. I do feel a good brand of dog food...Blue Buffalo. I do have my dog on a Joint enhancer tablet from 1-800pet meds. It has 500mg Glucosamine HCI and 400mg Chondroitin sulfate and 100mg Methylsulfonylmethane(MSM). The only thing the vet can say is to give my dog Rimadyl (pain medicine) to keep him comfortable. So basically the vet is saying just keep him comfortable until he can't get up anymore then have him put to sleep.
Your help would be greatly appreciated Thank You Brenda
What some said earlier, put him on a raw meat diet, even the best foods still have a lot of crap in it like GMO stuff, rancid oils etc... I do Wellness core grain free for my cats, and I was devastated to learn they use gmo canola oil.
Bone Broth certainly won't hurt him. You are on the right track looking at his diet first.
We brought our old retired racing greyhound back from what looked like a severe health decline (I really thought she was going to die soon) using the Volhard diet. After less then 4 months she looks like a different dog. The improvement started almost immediately and was dramatic. It's expensive, but worth it if you can swing it.
Wendy Volhard also has a book Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog.
My Shepherd is ten years old. He's not quite as agile getting into the car and he now uses the stairs instead of jumping on and off the porch. He has always eaten EVO (no grains at all) and raw offal. I toss him raw (cleaned) chicken feet whenever I make stock. I added a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement and Omega 3 to his diet about two months ago. I think it's all helping. He still walks 5+ miles a day though I now break it up into two walks. You're on the right track. Best of luck!
This is what our dog eats, they have a whole line of treats including marrow bones, beef trachea, and all sorts of other disgusting animal parts that our rottie loves. The food is a bit pricey but worth it, people always comment on how white his teeth are and how beautiful his coat looks. It is like paleo for dogs!
Agreed, that the bone broth is harmless/may help. Feeding a dog cooked food just isn't the same as feeding raw (as shown by the Pottenger studies on cats...). Disregarding the potential of being expensive (unless you can find a good, cheap supplier), raw diets are far superior and will probably mitigate your dog's problems, or help to some extent. Further reading for your self-education purposes is here. Certainly this is only my perspective after my own research, but hopefully it sets you in the right direction. Good luck.
Just don't put any garlic or onions in the broth and it should be fine.
I just started my dogs on Wysong Epigen Ferret food. I also give them some clarified butter and a weak fish oil every day. The seem to be doing well and don't overeat the dry food. The only thing I'm wondering is at $4.50 a pound it might be cheaper to just get them some raw chicken.