Do Dogs Get Arthritis?

Published on August 1, 2013 by in Blog

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About 5 years ago, I noticed my golden retriever, Aspen wasn’t lifting his tail very high; he would also walk then sit down very quickly. I took him to the Vet, and after X-rays I found out that he had arthritis on his spine. I left the Vet with a bottle of an anti-inflammatory medication that he needed every day for the rest of his dog life.

I started him on the medication immediately; I saw an improvement within a few days. I wanted to know what else I could do for him, so I started my research. I read that Glucosamine and Chondroitin can help alleviate arthritis, also found out that he should get a little more protein to help build his muscles which I can get from a good dog food.

Let’s fast forward 5 years, I got another X-ray of his spine and to my surprise his arthritis did not get any worse, in fact, it looked the same. When I told the Vet his regimen he was amazed and said I did the right thing. At 12 years YOUNG my baby can still play ball for hours, run up and down the steps, chase other dogs, swim for hours and go on long walks. When we meet people for the first time and I say he’s 12, they are shocked! I am not a Vet – I just know what worked for my baby boy!

~ By guest blogger and our rockstar pet sitter Jenn M.

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