I was contacted by Pooch and Mutt of BestDogRemedies.com, with an invitation to receive a free packet of dog supplements in exchange for a product review.
Lamar Latrell is 13 years old and though he still trots along like a young dog and chases seabirds when he's on the beach, he is definitely developing some stiffness in his hindquarters.
Most troublingly, he has started to have some trouble coming up stairs and sometimes stumbles coming up my porch steps. Sometimes, he can't manage to hoist himself up on my bed.
What do you do when your
dog's back legs start to fail? I guess I could install a ramp or an
escalator. Or I could get one of those devices that you use to lift your
dog and give the back end a boost up stairs.
But before we go to those lengths, I thought we'd try some Mobile Bones canine joint & bone supplement.
I've tried other glucosamine products for Lamar, and never really noticed stunning results. With glucosamine, MSM, Omega 3 and 6 and a variety of vitamins, this supplement seemed like a good thing to try.
I sprinkled a bit on Lamar's food with every meal, and watched to see how he did on those stairs.
And it's hard to say! He may stumble a bit less going up stairs and climbing on the bed, but he still stumbles occasionally.
And I'm not so sure my slightly picky eater enjoys having a grainy substance sprinkled on his food. It seems preferable to me, if you have a dog who's not a food inhaler, to give supplements in the form of a discrete tablet that can be smothered n peanut butter.
Now I am not one to knock nutritional supplements in general, and I have found that for my own health there are a few that make a great difference. And, I am not necessarily the most perceptive person when it comes to noticing subtle differences in my dogs' mobility. Maybe someone else would have noticed that Lamar's got a bigger spring in his step, a bit more jaunt in his stride. But not I.
What's been YOUR experience with doggie supplements? Have you found anything that really works for arthritis?