It’s been a while since I wrote much about our dog Luke’s luxating patellas, other than in passing. That’s because, thankfully, currently his knees are doing quite well (knock wood!). Luke was not even 1 year old when he was first diagnosed with this condition, and we’ve been managing it for five years now. You can read a bit more about his condition by clicking here if you are interested.
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The hope has always been to keep his knees from popping out as much as possible, even though he can pop them back in himself; as well as to hold off the inevitable arthritis for as long as we can. While Luke could have surgery on his knees, all my research turned up that even with that, he’d probably end up with arthritis.
What does management of his luxating patellas involve?
- Walks to keep the joints loose; preferably with some hills to build up strong muscle tone. We are lucky that our own woods that we walk in have some gentle hills in them. I am also careful about walking him if conditions are icy or the snow is too deep. If we get deep snow cover this year, I will blaze trails for him with my snowshoes before we go out.
- In the house we have stairs up to our bed to limit jumping (though he doesn’t always use them) and throw rugs on our wood floors to limit slipping. Luckily the main living area in our home is all on one level, so he doesn’t have a lot of stairs to go up and down. We were recently laughing with some family members about selling our old house to get away from all the stairs. While we were thinking of our own future as we age, we were also thinking more of our aging dogs, and Luke’s knee issues!
- Limiting running and jumping. We don’t stop Luke from doing some “zoomies” if he’s in the mood, but we try not to encourage it either. Sometimes he dives off our deck, completely missing the three stairs, and I cringe every time! We’re not perfect, but I also believe in letting Luke do the things that make him happy, within reason (like running along the fence when the deer are out there!). If I toss the ball for him, it’s usually only one time.
- Oils to help lubricate joints – fish oils (we mostly use sardine/anchovy oil*) and CBD oil.
- Keeping him at a healthy weight to reduce strain on the joints.
- Fresh, healthy, low-carbohydrate foods for his meals. I make some of Luke’s food, and we also use The Farmer’s Dog*. In addition, we supplement Luke’s meals with canned salmon or sardines* every other day to get even more of those important Omega 3 oils.
- Joint supplements. We’ve used some different ones over the years, and I feel it’s important to switch them up to get different ingredients in there. Many have at least one unique ingredient that the others don’t.
Some of these products can be pricey, specifically the CBD oil. I don’t like to skimp on what I spend on Luke (anything would be cheaper than surgery anyway!), but we still must be careful of expenses. I also used the CBD to help Luke with his anxieties. But because I simply couldn’t be sure how much it was helping; I had been cutting back on that.
So when CannaBiDog asked me to try their joint supplements, which contain phytocannabinoid (CBD) rich hemp oil as well as MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin, I thought it seemed like a wonderful alternative – killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. Luke loves the beef flavored chewable pills, and I love the fact that since we’ve been using it his anxieties and joint health are on an even keel.
CannaBiDog is a Colorado based company, and their hemp oil is sourced from a local USDA certified, 100% organic farm. Their products are made under stringent, quality-controlled standards, and are 3rd party tested. There are no preservatives.
While I’ve always thought our luck with Luke’s joints has been because of a combination of what we do and use, I always watch closely if we switch products to be sure his knees are not popping out more. They have not been since we switched to Cannibidog (not even once), and I am happy with that. We will be keeping it in our “repertoire”.
Even if your dog does not have a joint condition such as Luke’s, or arthritis, joint supplements are a great way to avoid those conditions, especially in older dogs. CBD oil can have many other benefits as well. If you would like to learn more about CBD oil, how it can benefit your dog, and how it works, you can find out more by clicking here. You can also find CannaBiDog on Facebook and Instagram.