DGP, or Dog Gone Pain, is an all-natural supplement (created by Australian scientists) that is safe for dogs and cats; it focuses on supporting flexibility and mobility, though it helps with other healthcare needs too, as it utilizes a strong nutritional formula. The new and improved DGP formula contains an innovative mixture of antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, proteoglycans, collagen, mucopolysaccharides, and other essential nutrients. Native American and European herbs and extracts known to help with joint issues and mobility are also included. DGP is absorbed quickly and starts to act right away; you may see the difference in your pet as early as one week. This supplement helps sooth the daily aches and pains of an aging pet, as well as pain from injury, training, or over-activity.
DGP is different from many other formulas (such as Glucosamine Chrondrointin) because of its unique blend of ingredients. It works faster than GC (which can take from 3-6 months) and also provides more of a "total health package". With DGP, you are also getting skeletal, immune, GI, and nervous support. This supplement really contains more of the nutrients that your pet needs, especially when aging or facing joint or other health problems. DGP can be taken by your pet indefinitely, as it is safe for long-term usage and has no adverse side effects. It leaves your pet's system in approximately five to seven days. One other attribute of DGP is its beefy flavor and scent, which makes it appetizing for most animals.
DGP comes in a sixty-count bottle. Here is what DGP contains, and a little blurb from DGP about the nature of its ingredients:
- 300mg Marine Collagen Extract (an excellent dietary source of chondrotin sulfate and other glycosaminoglycans that support cartilage)
- 30mg Boswellia Extract (also known as frankincense, has long been used in European and Indian herbal practices)
- 25mg Corydalis Root (An herb that is cultivated throughout the Pacific Rim. Scientists have isolated a number of active ingredients that show a wide range of actions.)
- 20mg Wheatgrass (Common wheat harvested in the sprouting stage at seven days of growth -- because wheatgrass is harvested prior to the creation of the potential allergen, most with wheat sensitivity can consume it)
- 15mg Turmeric (native of India and grown throughout the Pacific, has long been used as a spice and medicinal herb)
- 6mg Feverfew Extract (A relative of the common daisy found originally in Europe and spread throughout the world through deliberate planting. It has been widely used in herbal medicine, in the time of ancient Greeks.)
- 3mg Celery Seed Extract (grown throughout the world, is used widely in herbal medicine and foods)
- 130 mg A proprietary blend of (Mucopolysaccharide Complex, Malt Extract, Wild Rosella, Capsicum Extract, Aniseed Myrtle, Mountain Pepper)
- 60mg of A proprietary enzyme blend of (Bromelain 2400GDU (from the stem of the pineapple) & Papain (derived from milky sap of unripe papaya) – both protein digesting enzymes 6000)
- Inactive Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, natural beef extract, silicon dioxide, stearic acid
DGP suggests that you base the amount of tablets given to your dog daily on their weight. If your dog weighs under 15 pounds, you should give it one half tablet daily. If it weights between 15 and 30 pounds, you should give it one tablet daily. If it weighs between 31 and 60 pounds, you should give it two tablets daily. If it weights between 61 and 90 pounds, you should give it three tablets daily. If it weighs between 91-120 pounds, you should give it four tablets daily. Consider giving half of the dosage to them in the morning and half in the afternoon.
I applied to review DGP, because my Cocker Spaniel/Pomeranian mix, Icarus (who you've seen in many posts before), needs the flexibility support that it can offer. As I have mentioned before, he has what is called a luxating patella, which basically just means a kneecap that pops out of joint randomly. It can be very painful for him -- at first, we thought he was having a seizure, because he started shaking, quivering, and was not acting normal. He would not interact with us or move around the room as much as he usually does. When we took him to the vet, they found the problem with his kneecap immediately. It will eventually slide back into place, but it could pop out when he moves just the right way, like when he jumps up on the couch or when he is running around playing. I get nervous now because I don't like to see him in the extreme pain he is in when it pops out. The vet said that eventually he may need surgery to correct the kneecap if it gets worse, but that in the meantime, we can try any kind of supplements or medications that help with joint issues. DGP was the perfect answer, because it can target his luxating patella. I am not sure if it can heal the kneecap, but I'm sure that it can help ease the pain associated with it when it goes out. Now I won't have to be as afraid when I play roughly with him or chase him around the room.
My dog is very picky about what he will consume, when he wants to be. Of course, he will eat anything that you DON'T want him to eat. I was worried that he would somehow "sense" that the DGP was a "pill" and he wouldn't touch it, so I went ahead and had my mom give him the full tablet at one time. If we split it, we might not get another chance to see if he will eat it on his own. We told him it was a "yummy treat", so he came over right away, as you can see from the pictures. He sniffed at it for a few minutes, and then it went down the hatch. I proceeded with this method (in halves the rest of the time) for a week and a half. Icarus' kneecap did not come out of joint during this time, so it is hard to say if the pain was eased, but I am sure that it will be. Since he is a younger dog (4 years old), he doesn't have the typical day-to-day mobility problems of an older dog, where the effects of DGP would be much more clear. I believe that it is helping, because this is the type of supplement that my vet recommended. I will have to report back as soon as his knee goes out again, to get a sense of the reduction in pain level. I would recommend DGP to others, just because it is an all-natural, chemical-free alternative to many of the medications that are being prescribed for these types of conditions. I would much rather have my dog ingesting an herbal based remedy than something with adverse side effects. The pills are a bit pricey, but not too bad if your dog is smaller and takes less per day. It is worth their health, especially if it can help prevent more costly problems in the future!
If you'd like to win a year supply of DGP for your pet, you might want to take a look at the Facebook contest that DGP is holding right now. If you have a bottle of DGP at home, take a video of your dog BEFORE they use DGP - running, walking, playing, or climbing..doing anything that shows motility. Then, take another video of your dog doing similar activities after you have used DGP for a week or more. You can submit these before and after videos to DGP for your chance to win the year's supply!
You can purchase DGP online through a link that DGP's website provides, on Amazon, or possibly in certain vitamin/health stores locally. One sixty-count bottle retails for around $26 on Amazon.
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