When Sarah asked me to do a Zuke’s review, I didn’t know how thankful I would be that she had asked me!  You see, Scout has been a very sick dog and has been on all kinds of medications.  The stinker has figured out when there is a pill in his food and I was having the darndest time getting him to take them.  I was sticking them in peanut butter, cheese, Greenie’s Pill Pockets…well, you get the picture.  He would eat the food, but spit the pill out.

Enter Zuke’s Hip Action Treats!  Hubby tried putting Scout’s pills on one of the treats and then smashing another treat on top of it.  The treats are square, so this method worked perfectly.  Do you know that Scout gobbled them down and didn’t spit the pills back out!  Amazing!  He absolutely loved these treats and I’m on my way to go buy some more this morning after I finish this post!

Sarah sent us three kinds of treats to try out.  All three were the Zuke’s Hip Action brand with different flavors which included the Roasted Beef Recipe, Roasted Chicken Recipe and Fresh Peanut Butter Formula.  Scout loved all three flavors!  And believe me, these treats were a life saver!

 

Zukes Hip Action Treats

From left to right: Roasted Beef Recipe, Fresh Peanut Butter Formula, Roasted Chicken Recipe. Can you see Scout in the back waiting to get his treats? All you can see is his leg, but he is back there waiting!

The treats are Hip Action treats which give daily hip and joint support in a naturally delicious moist dog treat.  All three treats have 300 mg of glucosamine per treat and 50 mg of chondroitin per treat.  They also have egg shell meal where the membrane is separated from the shells and is loaded with naturally occurring nutrients to support joint health.  Also included are seasonings and wholefood that help maintain hips and joints.  These seasonings and wholefoods include cherries, blueberries, rosemary, turmeric and sesame seeds.  No wonder Scout loves them!

 

Zukes Hip Action Dog Treats

Just waiting for my Zukes Treats!

As we have been dealing with Scout and his sickness, we have tried everything we can think of to help him.  A blogger friend, Terry, from over at Matilda’s Journey sent me an email she had received about dogs with collapsing tracheas.   The information was from a foster home and the person is also on the medical team at Colonel Potter.  This is the email:

Last time I had foster Zane at the vet’s I told the vet that I was 
giving him glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM for his arthritis and for his 
collapsing trachea. The vet kind of looked at me and said she had never 
*thought* of recommending g/c/M for collapsing trachea but that it does 
make sense as the trachea is cartilege (WHY would a vet NOT think of 
this?). Truthfully, I had never heard of giving that supplement for 
collapsing trachea but the minute I heard that diagnosis for Zane I started 
researching and I found places where it IS recommended online. Best thing 
is that Zane is now showing NO signs of collapsing trachea. When he 
arrived and pulled on his harness at the beginning of walks he coughed a 
lot but not any more (he also coughed when he wasn’t pulling on anything, 
just standing or lying around). I got his weight down, no collar around 
his neck for any reason but a good snug-fitting harness, good food, 
supplementation and he’s doing GREAT.

Also, I told the vet that we have several dogs in CP that have been 
diagnosed with collapsing trachea and hey we’re a RESCUE and we can’t 
afford expensive doggie glucosamine/chondroitin so didn’t she agree that 
human g/c could be used. She said that yes, she would definitely use only 
supplements from reliable providers because the FDA doesn’t regulate 
neutraceuticals.

Here are some of the sources of good information I found to share:

One source of the recommended dosages for dogs is a Whole Dog Journal
article:
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/7_8/features/Canine-Osteoarthritis_15644-1.html
These are the dosages recommended:
• Dogs 5-20 pounds: 250-500 mg
• Dogs 20-45 pounds: 500 mg

There’s a nice article from a VCA specialty group, A Guideline to Choosing
Joint Health Products for Your Dog which is here:


The article tells how to check and find out if what it says on the bottle
is actually what is in the supplement and some recommendations: The only
way to be sure that what you see on the label is what you get in the bottle 
is to call the company and ask for the results of an independent laboratory 
analysis of their product, or rely on an independent laboratory analysis 
available from www.consumerlab.com on the internet. You have to join to be 
able to read their full recommendations…it’s worth it.

The products that this VCA report listed that they believe meet these 
requirements and currently
recommend are: Cosequin, Cosamin, Dasuquin, GLC-1000, GNC, Puritan’s Pride, 
Twin Lab maxilife, Walgreens, Doctor’s Best, and Hydrajoint.

I am currently sharing my own 1500 mg glucosamine/chondroitin supplement 
from Costco…which I haven’t checked on as yet but Costco is usually 
pretty trustworthy….I hope <g>. Next time I will be sure to get one that 
includes MSM in it (Puritan’s Pride has a couple). I am taking the big 
long tablet and using a pill splitter to break it in half and then each 
half into halves again. I give Zane 1/4 with each meal AM & PM and like I 
said he’s a NEW MAN, feeling fine and sassy. 🙂 In a month I can drop him 
down to 1/4 once a day. Poor little guy feels SO GOOD that he’s bugging 
Janna and Slippers to play and neither one has a clue as to what the heck 
he’s trying to do. Besides Janna wouldn’t want to do that anyways because 
she is a Princess and does NOT associate with BOYS (Gilly was her only 
acceptable boy and that was because he put up with all her cr*p!)!

I wanted to share this information as I think it’s important as the vet’s 
don’t seem to be think to suggest folks try supplementing for collapsing 
trachea. But when your dog has other issues such as heart issues I’d check 
g/c supplementation with your vet.

When Terry sent me this email, I immediately ran out and bought Cosequin for Scout.  He started taking it, and his coughing did get a little better.  But once they put him on more medications, he wouldn’t take the Cosequin anymore.  The Zuke’s Hip Action had the glucosamine in it so I stopped with the Cosequin and hey, he liked the Zukes much better anyway!  I can’t say the cough is completely gone, and I don’t know if it is all of the medication, or the glucosamine that is doing the trick, or both…but I can say he is a little better so I’m going to continue with the Zuke’s Hip Action!  Besides, I figure it can only help him at this point!

Scout loves these treats and they are good for him!  Besides, they must taste really good if they are the only thing he will take his medicine in!

Thank you Zuke’s…you really helped us with a major problem!

Disclaimer:  Dogs N Pawz did not receive any monetary compensation but we were given a free product to review.  The opinions in this review are my own and were not influenced by any outsider.  Dogs N Pawz receives no additional benefits for talking about this product or the company.

 

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