Week 16 – Glutamine for Dog Injury

Should I use glutamine for dog injury?

Glutamine for dogs?  Most people have never heard of glutamine for humans!image of glutamine amino acid chain for glutamine for dog injury blog post

We turned the corner in Darcy’s ACL injury this week. I’m not sure if it’s the glutamine I started her on, or we just finally hit that point where she has recuperated almost fully.  We are up to 46 minute walks now and she is doing her original loop through the forest we used to take.  Granted she is on leash the whole time, but it’s amazing.  I started her on the glutamine last Sunday and she became a new dog.  I wish I had started it earlier.  The reason I chose to give her glutamine was because I took it last year for an injury I had.  It helps rebuild muscle and I was told to take it by my physical therapist for my Achilles injury. Wikipedia states that  In catabolic states of injury and illness, glutamine becomes conditionally essential requiring intake from food or supplements.  I noticed a difference in myself right away and the same for Darcy.  Some bodybuilders take it to gain more muscle and since that is what we are trying to do to stabilize the dog knee with Darcy, I decided to research glutamine for dogs.  There is a lot out there.  L-Glutamine is an amino acid.  Strenuous exercise, infection, surgery, and trauma can also deplete the body’s glutamine reserves, particularly in muscle cells.  Plus, it seems to help with bowel disorders and radiation therapy recovery.  After reading many websites about it, I found that  500 mg per 25 pounds is the proper dosage.  I used the same glutamine I used for myself from Amazon.  It is Body Fortress Glutamine Powder link and image below.

I chose this one because of the grams per serving and that you could get it on Amazon Subscribe and Save (which if you order 5 or more items to be delivered once a month, gives and additional 15% off), so a good price.  We give her 1/8 tsp twice a day mixed in with wet and dry food.  She is all of sudden high energy and chomping at the bit to go on her walks.  I wish I had started her on the glutamine for her dog injury much sooner, but I’m glad I did it now.  I did see that there are specific glutamine for dog powders out there, but since they are exactly the same as the ones for humans, I stuck with the same for both of us. I take this protein powder from Amazon (subscribe and save again!) because it has glutamine in it.

I know I have been conservative with Darcy’s Conservative Management process.  I didn’t want her to have a setback and have to start over.  Since I started giving her the glutamine, it has been harder to reign her in.  I started her new harder dog rehabilitation exercises very slowly, but now, within a week, she is doing her normal dog exercises, plus the harder ones plus going on 46 minute walks and there have been no signs of limping at all.  I have also started taking her out in the backyard off leash a couple of times throughout the day.  We have only been taking her on leash up until now.  I make sure I’m right next to her in case something unexpected happens, but she definitely strolls around the yard more when off leash.

In addition, we are having to up Darcy’s food intake since she is getting so much more activity.  She just really seems like a different dog this last week.

So, was this all caused by giving her the glutamine for her dog injury?  I don’t know, but I do attribute her newfound strength and energy to it.  Plus, her muscles seem to keep building and she is looking like her old self.  She is feeling less bony and more muscular.

I still give her rest days each week off from walking and exercising for recovery just like we need to do for ourselves.

So to me, the glutamine for dog injury has made a huge difference.  She is exactly like she was pre-injury.  At this rate, she’ll be completely (relatively as there will always be weakness in that knee) in no time.

I hope this post helps!  As always, if you have any questions or comments, please write them below.

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