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Roxie the Saint Bernard Labrador Mix

Roxie the Saint Bernard Labrador mix has been gracing us with her presence for almost 2 years now. She’s become one heck of a great dog, especially around the munchkin. Some of you may recall that Roxie has grade 4 hip dysplasia and thus she basically has no hips. Well, I’m happy to say that she’s a happy active dog that runs, climbs stairs and does almost everything she wants. We haven’t been doing anything special for her with respect to the hip dysplasia as she’s been quite good all summer. We’ll see how the colder weather treats her as she may have a flare up of arthritis like symptoms. Then we’ll probably get her back on the glucosamine, chondroitin, methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) and vitamin C. This combination seems to have helped her get this far.

Anyhoo, she’s about 110 pounds now. Yeah, 110 pounds! She’s quite lean and tall which is good and bad. She’s lean and reasonable muscular which helps a lot with her hip dysplasia (less weight for her to carry is good and more muscle is better). She’s tall enough now that we have to be careful what we leave on the kitchen counter tops as she has been caught a few times trying to snag a bite of something.

She is a very social dog and it’s unfortunate that many people are intimidated by her size as all she wants to do is greet them. Often when we go out for a walk (and she’s great going for reasonable length walks now) people will cross the street or otherwise avoid her. Not something that she really understands as a lot of people would pay great attention to her when she was a little 20lbs puppy.

There are advantages to her size though. We’ve had a few repair people in over the last couple months and it’s always nice to hear from The Boss about the reactions some of these burly repair men have to Roxie. She’ll come bounding along and apparently the repair people can become quite fearful until The Boss tells them that Roxie is friendly. Heck, if I saw a 110lbs dog heading towards me with it’s mouth open I might have to think for a few seconds. ;)

We’ll see how she is over the coming years with the munchkin but I doubt we’ll have anything to worry about. She’s already demonstrated a couple times that she is protective of the munchkin. Nothing too serious and probably nothing that was noticed by anyone other than myself and The Boss. Saints are known for being good with children and Labs are big goof balls so hopefully Roxie will remain a goof ball that’s good with kids. ;)

Glucosamine for hip dysplasia in large breed dogs

We’re now giving our Roxie glucosamine supplements to try and help her joints. We basically have an off the shelf “human” variety that contains glucosamine hydrocloride and chondroitin sulfate. The only other thing we should probably be giving her is methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) but we haven’t found out how much yet. All of this should help with her joint pains

On the weekend we discovered that Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food contains both glucosamine hydrocloride and chondroitin sulfate. I just took a quick look on their website and it says that the concentrations are glucosamine not less than 375 mg/kg and chondroiton sulfate not less than 35 mg/kg. It’s a little on the low side from what our vet told us but it’s better than nothing. Too bad we went with the Iams Large Breed Puppy food for the last 4 months. Oh well. We’re trying to decide if we should bother switching Roxie to the Eukanuba or not. Since we’re also considering cartrophen vet as a possible long term option for Roxie’s hips, we might not bother with the Eukanuba because we can’t use both cartrophen vet and glucosamine at the same time.

Well, we’re learning a lot with Roxie and if (when) we have another large breed dog, we’ll be taking a lot of this into account when we make decisions.