This past summer, we noticed Rodrigo developed a slight limp after a 2 mile walk. After a while, we took him to the vet and he thought maybe it’s a sprain from playing too hard. Sounded right – he’s a rough and tumble kind of dog - so we shortened the walks and the dog park visits, and the limp seemed to clear up.
When fall came, the limp returned and it was harsher this time. We put Rodrigo on glucosamine, get pain pills from our vet, and scheduled him for an x ray. That’s when we learned that during his growth, the bones in his elbow didn’t grow properly and this has lead to arthritis. Surgery is an option, but it’s not a permanent fix. Our vet recommended glucosamine/chondroitin/msm and we got both the liquid version (it’ll soak in those joints faster) and the chewables. I also (me, not Johan) scheduled a Reiki session with Reiki Fur Babies.
If you’re a fur parent, you can relate to this…
Our hearts were breaking, because Rigo couldn’t go to the dog park, he couldn’t go on walks, and he couldn’t run for more than a few minutes. It killed me when I would see him hopping, not putting pressure on his leg. He couldn’t tell us where he hurt, but he could show us that he was hurting. He’s an active, happy dog and he was in pain and we had to fix it. And we did.
Watch this video to see Rodrigo is heavily favoring one leg. This video was taken in Late November.
Watch this video to see Rodrigo playing with his sister, Sydney. This video was taken in December, but we saw results over night after the Reiki Session and it stuck after the first week of supplements.
Rodrigo’s Supplements & Pain Medication
We use Life’s Abundance Agility (which is an amazing product) and Wellesse Joint Movement Glucosamine with Chondroitin + MSM, Natural Berry Flavor (that we mix with plain yogurt as a treat). For pain, we use American Biosciences DGP (Dog Gone Pain) Flexibility For Dogs 60 Tablets. We only give him the pain medication if he’s having trouble, probably a couple times a month.
The Life’s Abundance Agility is a holistic formula, which means that it takes into account the needs of the whole body, including all the parts that work with the joints.
I know that all of these things will vary by dog, but these work for us and I’m excited to share what’s works for us.
TIP: One more thing, when we give both dogs the glucosamine, we break it into pieces and mix with peanut butter and now it’s their nightly treat.
Do you have any tips?