Stiff joints? You can help your dog~

Like any pet lover, I would do anything to ease the pain of arthritis in my dog. While not excluding cats, my personal experience with this 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 set in and I consulted my vet. Using an USAID  (anti-inflammatory by perscription drug) is effective for a short term use, (although there is disagreement about using them at all);  I needed something long term. My dog is 13, bright eyed and full of energy.  Joint stiffness kept her from getting up without a lot of effort. She soon seemed older, less energy, less happiness.

So, after much research and gathering of facts, I decided to do 2 things: examine her kibble and use ONLY non-inflammatory foods, including for the occasional biscuit or treat. Next, I went to my local pet shop and replaced her usual kibble with the highest quality available, ORIJEN, and one without potatoes…(currently I am learning about the raw diet, strongly recommended). Then I went to the grocery store and gathered ingredients needed to home-make treats. A recipe of  flour substitute, sardines, pumpkin, tumeric and greens to name a few, made sense for an arthritic dog. I ordered a product, given daily, called N’zymes, which comes with glowing recommendations and stories of great success 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:   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 potato) to Orijen without the inflammatory causing ingredients. To a small amount of her dry food, I make Dr. Judy Morgan’s puploaf. Read her book  *Yin and Yang of Nutrition for Dogs. Filled with easy to make meals. Now, my dog’s diet consists mainly of whole foods, great for her body! The treats took about 15 minutes to make and not much longer to bake. One recipe and I have enough treats to last a couple of months. And they freeze well! 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 alert when playing! Her coat has even more sheen, and her eyes, brighter and more clear.  And her energy is consistently increased.  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:  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! 


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

Puds and Peggy, Christmas ~ 2009 at home