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Hip Dysplasia is found in at least 50% of large breed dogs. Most commonly affected dogs include the Mastiff, German shepherd, Boxer, Cane Corso and the Great Dane. Hip Dysplasia in Mastiffs is a serious disability as they weigh the most and their hip will need to support that weight. Hip Dysplasia can be prevalent as early as 5 months of age. It occurs when the dog’s femur or hip bone doesn’t fit correctly into the acetabulum or the socket which results in their instability and pain. Dog hip dysplasia is caused by either hereditary or environmental factors. Hip Dysplasia can worsen as the dog‘s age and can develop arthritis due to it.
There is no permanent cure for this hip dysplasia and there are two options for treatment either surgery or medications and vitamins. Most people will take the medications & vitamins route as surgery is very expensive and can cause future complications such as infections or multiple surgeries. Surgery will not cure the problem 100% and it will simply take much of the dog‘s pain away even a complete hip replacement surgery which costs about $300-5000 dollars will not give your dog the full flexibility of a natural hip joint. People will often look into natural remedies than to put your dog through surgery. That’s when Glyco Flex steps into the scene, it is a pill that consists of specific nutrients for bone health. These nutrients include Glucosamine, Chondroitin, vitamin E and MSM. There are three varieties of Glyco Flex including the Glyco Flex I, Glyco Flex II and Glyco Flex III. You must select the appropriate glyco flex bottle according to the seriousness of your dog’s problem.
You should generally start out puppies 5-7 months of age with Glyco Flex I. You would start out with a higher dosage up to a month then you can reduce it to just maintenance. Puppies up to 30 pounds should be given 1/2 a tablet initially and during maintenance. Puppies from 30-60 pounds should be given 1 tablet to start and 1/2 a tablet during maintenance. Puppies from 60-100 pounds should be given 2 tablets to start and 1 tablet to maintain. Dogs or puppies from 100+ pounds should be given 2 1/2 initially then reduce to 1 1/2 tablets.
The directions should be the same whether you are giving Glyco Flex I, II or III. Remember that this vitamin does not cure hip dysplasia In mastiff dogs and puppies but will help with proper joint function and connective tissue health. If your dog is suffering from hip dysplasia and surgery is not an option please be sure to have your dog on glyco flex throughout their lifespan. You can also safely give your dog Omega 3’s as a supplement maximum recommendation is 1000 mg for dogs that really need it. Omega 3‘s will help reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, improves nerve function and provides better joint mobility.
All my life I've been in love with one big dopey Mastiff family member after another. No other breed has given me so much pleasure, so it's a real pleasure for my team and I to be able to research everything there is to know about them in this blog. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoy the writing :)
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