February 18, 2013

Dog Joint Supplements

I have had a lot of dogs over the years. By far my favorite dog was a Jack Russell Terrier named Amos. When I was a child, growing up in rural Illinois, I had the best friend a boy could hope for. My dear old dog, Amos. Oh ho ho, the adventures we had. From the back hills of Equality to river bottoms of Shawneetown we roamed, carefree and courageous, irresponsible, and completely inseparable. It was, for a young man, the perfect existence. He was the very best friend a boy could ask for. I first got Amos when I was sixteen years old. We quickly became inseparable. We spent nearly every waking moment together. Every night he would curl up in bed with me and sleep with his head on my shoulder if it was warm. On cold nights he would burrow under the covers and sleep against my back. He was always so full of energy and spunk. If he was half as big and tough as he thought he was then he would have been the size of a Great Dane. He loved riding in the boat when we went fishing, but his favorite activity was running with the rest of the dogs in a pack as I led them across the trails on our farm. It was nothing for him to run a seven mile trail without being tired. As he aged however, I noticed that acted like he was stiff some mornings. When he lay down in the evening, he had a hard time getting up. He would be stiff, and sometimes limp on one foot or another. The condition seemed to occur more often after he had a busy day of running around. After his eleventh year, he definitely began to develop arthritis. I asked some friends with older dogs what they suggested and I also contacted my local veterinarian. They all suggested that I look into giving him some over the counter dog joint supplements. I tried a few dog joint supplements like Glucosamine and Chondroitin for about 45 days, and the results were really good. He would get up from lying down without any stiffness, and he stopped limping once since he started taking the supplements. These made a noticeable change in his behavior. He was once again just as spry and eager for a run as he was in his youth. It was hard to get him to take the pills at first. Amos never did like to take pills of any kind, no matter how small. I tried the old trick of hiding it in a hotdog or other food, but he always seemed to know. He would eat everything but the pill. I even tried grinding up the pill into a powder and mixing tit into some soft canned food, but again he would not touch the stuff. A friend suggested that I try a flavored dog joint supplement. I found that he loved the chewable bacon flavored glucosamine chondroitin. Amos would not eat any other chewable glucosamine chondroitin. I was so happy to have finally found a product he’d eat – and it seems to work.

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