Stiff joints? You can help your dog~

Like most pet lovers, I would do anything to ease the pain of arthritis in my dog. While not excluding cats, my personal experience is with dogs. When the stiffness began, I purchased an orthopedic memory foam bed, and  used Antinol, found online at VetzPetz. One a day worked well. Within a year, however, pain again set in and I consulted my vet. Using an USAID  (anti-inflammatory by perscription drug) is effective in short term use, (although there is disagreement about using them at all);  I needed something long term. My dog is 13, bright eyed and alert.  Joint stiffness kept her from getting up without a lot of effort. She soon seemed older, less energetic, less happiness. 

After much research, I examined my dog’s kibble. I now use ONLY non-inflammatory foods, including for the occasional biscuit or treat.  I replaced her usual food with the highest quality available, ORIJEN,  without potatoes.  Biscuits matter too!  A recipe of  flour substitute, sardines, pumpkin, tumeric and greens to name a few, made sense for an arthritic dog. I ordered a product called N’zymes, which comes with glowing recommendations from their customers. It’s an antioxidant. In addition to those changes, I am also learning more about Omega 3s and the vital role they play in maintaining joint flexibility. * Wholemega  can be found at: peterdobias.com   Another supplement found, Tumeric for dogs, available on Amazon.

 So far so good. My dog has gone from a daily dose of NSAID meds, to half that amount, and now none at all. I acclimated her from the previous kibble (though high quality, was loaded with a nightshade, potato) to Orijen without the inflammatory causing ingredients. To a small amount of  dry food, I make  and add Dr. Judy Morgan’s puploaf.  Read her book  *Yin and Yang of Nutrition for Dogs.  Now, my dog’s diet consists mainly of whole foods. These recipes are simple, quick to make and can be frozen.  For bones etc, although a raw meat bone is best, the brand Zukes is recommended, which I already use for my dog. Her teeth can’t gnaw well on a raw bone.

Every pet is individual; this is what is working for us, so I want to share …it is wonderful to see my girl totally relaxed when resting, and happily energetic when playing! Her coat has even more sheen, and her eyes, brighter and more clear.  Signs of improved health. :)  Seeing her a year ago, I would not have believed how easy it could be to help her. Do some research!

* I recommend visiting Dr. Peter Dobias site as it explains further what we can do to maintain our pet’s health. His FB page is listed under my links or his web site can be found at:  peterdobias.com  I also follow Judy Morgan, DMV who shares videos on fb. Her book on feeding your dog offers invaluable, easy to make, economical, highly nutritious meals that give your pet the best, balanced body which encourages and maintains wellness!  That book is:  *Yin and Yang Nutrition for Dogs : Maximizing Health With Whole Foods, Not Drugs, Judy Morgan, DMV

 

Simple changes make a big difference, and our dogs are worth it!   ~ Kathryn Nicholas

snow play! 2018

 …and play ball! 

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Remembering our precious rescue, Puds…a pug/shih tzu/peke

Puds and Peggy, Christmas ~ 2009 at home