Lola turned 9 in December and she is the sweetest dog. I remember bringing her home the first day and she was so small but so curious and happy. Curious about our house. Sniffing and chasing after anything that came her way.
But right around when she turned 7, my husband and I started to see her slow down.
She wasn’t the playful puppy she once was. She had no interest in playing with our other dog, Leo. We changed her food and started walking her less. We were worried and rightfully so.
We took Lola to our vet here in Columbus, and it turned out that slipped disks and joint issues, which are common for Golden Retrievers. Lola had both. Her joints were in awful shape from years of wear and tear, which is common for all dogs over 5.
The vet said her bones are rubbing together like sandpaper, preventing her from doing daily activities. And her joints slip in and out of place which makes it nearly impossible to walk.
Our vet told us the best thing to do at this point is surgery if we wanted her to walk without pain and be as active as she once was. The surgery cost 2,891 dollars and there was no guarantee she would fully recover.
But Lola is a part of our family and we refused to just give up on her. We hated seeing her in pain, so we decided to pay for surgery. We thought all of our worries would be solved with this one surgery. We prayed Lola would be okay because we lost a dog before to old age and it’s heartbreaking to see them deteriorate like that, so with Lola we wanted to do everything in our power to fight it.
After the surgery, she didn’t eat. She could barely walk around our house, but our vet reassured us that it’s normal. She will be back to her puppy, playfulness in no time if everything goes well. But Lola never did it.
The surgery didn’t have the effect we were praying for. No long walks outside. No going up and downstairs. No running. No interest in playing with our other dog. It broke our hearts. I felt helpless, so I could only imagine what she felt. I could still see the pain in her eyes. And she has no way of telling us what’s wrong or what hurts.
I started talking to a few girlfriends on Facebook and I searched the internet for other non-invasive options since Lola’s surgery didn’t take as we hoped. I knew there had to be other alternatives for senior dogs with a history of joint issues.
That’s when I began reading about natural ingredients and supplements for dogs. Ingredients like Tumeric, Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM.
I’ve heard of Turmeric being used in cooking before but didn’t know about its joint health properties. It’s been used in medicine for thousands of years across the world. Turmeric has the ability to eliminate inflammation and ease discomfort. And it’s safe for long-term use too which is what I was most worried about.
I’ve also heard of Glucosamine personally because of my joint issues. Glucosamine is naturally found in the body and works as padding in joints to make it easier to move with less pain. I didn’t really know dogs could take it too. To my delight, they can and it works the same way.
I’ve never heard of Chondroitin and MSM, so rather just read about it online, I called my vet.
He shared that Chondroitin is one of the most sought after joint-supporting supplements available on the market today. It would rebuild cartilage naturally and pulls water into dry, worn- down tissue adding lubrication and flexibility to Lola’s joints.
MSM is a compound often referred to as a “miracle supplement” because it’s the 4th most plentiful mineral in the body and is essential to many bodily processes, most of all the repair of injured tissue. MSM is a key ingredient in reducing joint pain, reducing stiffness, and allowing to move with ease again, which would be perfect for Lola.
Each ingredient has a needed part in rebuilding joint health, and when all the ingredients are combined together that’s when they are the most effective especially for old dogs like Lola. I struggled to find one place that sold a combination of these ingredients. And I didn’t want to give Lola 4 different pills. She hardly eats as it is.
But luckily, I saw a post from Donna Hall from the Grateful Hearts Senior Dog Rescue & Sanctuary. She works with elderly dogs every day and uses supplements from Infinite Pet Life. The supplements combine all four joint repairing ingredients which Lola needs.
After talking with her over Facebook and with all the information my Vet shared, I ordered the Hip and Joint Health Beef-Flavored Chewables.
We are a month into feeding Lola 4 tablets per day as recommended, and I’m absolutely blown away.
Lola has an interest in playing with Leo our other pup. She wags her tail more and can walk for longer periods of time. She went off of our porch for the first time in 2 years without help.
While I know Lola will have joint issues for the rest of her life, I’m relieved knowing Lola isn’t in excruciating pain anymore. And after a failed surgery and feeling hopeless for years, Lola can finally be a dog again. We even started giving our other dog, Leo the chewables too since they can be used for preventative care.
I recommended the Hip and Joint Health Beef-Flavored Chewables to all my girlfriends and family with dogs. And I want to encourage you to try it too. The chewables changed my family’s life and I know it can do the same for you and your dog.
Q: Is this Vet-Approved?
A: Vets not only approve of our formula they often order it for their own pets. You can confidently talk to your vet about your decision to give our supplement as it is doctor-formulated and only contains ingredients that have scientifically been shown to reduce inflammation and increase mobility in animals with joint pain and discomfort.