MSM for joint pain?

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Paris was acting like she didn't feel good, not playing with the cat like she had been, so I took her to vet, and he now has her taking 50 mg of rimadyl twice a day. Diagnosis was that she's just getting old. I noticed immediately that she felt better, but I would like to add MSM to her food. Got ok from vets office, and I looked up the dosage to give her (50-100 mg per lb) which puts her at 3000-6000 mg a day, now that she's down from 70 to 60 lbs on weight control food. Even with vet ok, I'm hesitant. Does anyone use this for their dogs? She's 12, and all her blood work was excellent.

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I've had repeated elderly/arthritic dogs on MSM.

My holistic vet recommended the following:

1500 mg MSM, 1200 mg chondroitin, 1200 mg glucosamine, 2000 mg Vit C (buffered ONLY!) I used Schiff Move-Free plus MSM, (it has the first three in those amounts) and then added the Ester (or buffered) C, as it helps everything else work well. The glucosamine/chondroitin helps strengthen ligaments and tendons.

Dogs will develop stomach/intestinal bleeding if you use regular Vit C.

This was for dogs in the 65-80 lb. range. As Rimadyl can have some serious side effects, I chose the Move-Free and Ester C instead, and it always has worked well for my dogs. The first dog I used this with had severe hip dysplasia, and it enabled her to live comfortably another 4 years.

I never gave my dogs that much MSM, so I can't comment on the dosage. I know that sometimes there can be some tummy upset with higher dosages, so you might want to watch for it, and bump it up slowly if you decide to go ahead with it.

Good luck with your girl!

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Thanks, I started her at 1400 mg, and we have worked up to 2700 with no issues. Paris seems to be handling it great, but then, she's good at everything!