For dogs with injuries that render them immobile or with joint problems, it is really important to keep your dog at a healthy weight. It is important to reduce the food intake for a dog that is not as active. Check with your vet, but while your dog is immobile recovering from an orthopedic injury, you may want to cut his/her food by up to 10-25%.
|Spoiled Saluki with some Salmon leftovers for Omega-3's!|
The veterinarians recommended that I start Taj on a joint supplement (Dasuquin) to help with supporting cartilage production and to reduce joint inflammation (since there will be slightly more strain on his other 3-legs and to repair the broken leg). Dasuquin comes in liver-flavored chewable tablets (see below). These pills are huge (quarter-sized)! Of course, Taj refuses to eat them, so I have to either hide them in his meals or use lunch-meat to hide them.
The vets also recommend I give omega-3 fatty acid supplements (EDA and DHA) from marine sources. I tried to give Taj salmon oil as a supplement (I like Grizzly Salmon Oil). Rumi does great on this; however, it gave Taj loose stool. Therefore since Taj is so "high maintenance," I actually just throw sardines (or herring) fillets in his food a couple times a week. Occasionally, Taj is very spoiled and gets a bit of cooked salmon in his food as well.
|Dasquin Tablets (Joint Health)|
|Grizzly Salmon Oil (Omega-3's)|