I decided to treat Murphy medically in the hope of avoiding surgery. I feed him organic chicken (& turkey), mixed with carrots, broccoli, zucchini, squash, Maggie's Mix of vitamins & minerals.
Into this healthy food I add Cosequin, Ester-C, flax oil (with fish oil & marine lipids), The Missing Link & Canine Musculoskeletal Support (Dr. Royal Lee's fabulous product, by Standard Process). I tried Syn-Flex but it didn't work.
Murphy turned 1 on 5/9, & has been on this 'cocktail' for about 5 weeks. His limp has greatly diminished. He looks great (shiny coat, bright eyes, incredible energy). He continues jumping from my couch, chair, bed like there's nothing wrong (although after a 'heavy' jump he will sometimes limp for a short time) and I'm buying 6 inch thick pieces of foam this coming week to put in front of each piece of furniture to 'break' his jump.
I take him on 2 long leash walks daily and am thinking of adding hydrotherapy to this routine.
Murphy's 'cocktail' is the result of days and weeks of internet research. But I'm only 1 person trying to help her puppy. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Remember, Murphy doesn't have arthritis at this point, which is probably why Syn-Flex didn't work (despite their claims to the contrary).
I would be very grateful for any feedback and suggestions, and will gladly discuss, with any pet owner, the trials & tribulations of treating a pet with the same issues.
I too am looking for an alternative. The "cocktail" treatment you gave/are giving your Murphy sounds interesting. I just want to find out your dog's size and if you can give me more information about your research.