It’s FitDog Friday time and today I’m talking about my senior sister Katie, who has pretty bad arthritis. Katie’s issues with arthritis started probably around the time she was eight years old. The Kuvasz has a long life expectancy for a large breed, 12-14 years, so having issues at just eight was a bit early.
Over the last three years or so, we have tried around eight to ten different supplements and prescriptions to help Katie feel better and lessen the effects of her arthritis. Some have not worked at all, some have worked for a time but not long term. Through blogging, I have learned about many different products which has been very helpful. Katie had been doing pretty well since last summer, but in the late fall, she started getting worse again. Lucky for us, we won a bottle of Rejenease on my friend’s blog, Heart Like A Dog. Rejenease is said to repair and protect joints and is a form of liquid glucosamine. Katie is quite picky and won’t take most medicines, but she takes the Rejenease no problem.
Katie has lots of different issues besides just the stiffness which goes along with arthritis. For a long time she was dragging her right back paw which actually wore the claws down to the quick on the paw causing them to bleed. Thankfully, she only drags it now and then these days, but we do keep a close eye on it. In the above photo you can see how the claws are worn down totally. Mom hasn’t trimmed them in over two years!
Katie’s front left leg/paw had gotten so bad they are no longer straight and actually turn in towards the right. A few months ago, when walking, she crossed the left front leg over so far to the right, she almost tripped herself. Now, most of the time the leg walks almost straight. The claws on this paw are all worn off to a slant because of how she lands and pushes off on it.
More than anything, Katie loves to go for walks, but by November, she didn’t want to walk at all or just around the block. She was only eating about half her food and she was licking her paws all the time we think because of pain. It was pretty sad. We received the Rejenease in January and started her on a double dose for a month. In about two weeks time, we noticed a difference. Katie started eating all her food again, she wanted to walk, and each day, she wanted to walk further. She isn’t running or getting wild, she has a slow and steady stride, but she enjoys being out walking and visiting her collection of boyfriends around the neighborhood, like Vegas in the above photo.
Although most of the products we have tried over the years are similar, some work better with Katie than others. Right now Rejenease is our miracle. In the short video of Katie walking you can see how her front left leg is walking fairly straight, she isn’t dragging her back right paw, there is no limping, and she enjoys walking along…slow and steady. Her hips are in great shape, as are all her other organs and functions, it is “only” the arthritis causing her problems. Our vet told us Katie is lucky she has been active her entire life as it helps hold off some of the arthritis, and she has always maintained an ideal weight which also aides in helping her joints. Had she not been an active dog, or been overweight, she most likely would not be with us at this time.
Thank you to Rejenease and Jodi at Heart Like a Dog for getting us started on this product! I also want to remind my friends and their pet parents to maintain a proper weight and workout regularly to increase not only your quality of dog life, but extend the length of your dog life as well!
**On a side note, the cold weather has actually made Katie feel better. On the mornings when it is -10 or more, she wants to walk and walk and walk. Mom has to go home because Katie walks so slow, Mom starts to freeze. In Florida, Katie was miserable. She didn’t want to go walking at all! So much for the cold vs. warm weather theory with arthritis!
Disclaimer: My GBGV Life was not asked to review this product. My GBGV Life is not a veterinarian. The opinions expressed in this post are our own findings. Please consult with your own veterinarian before trying any supplements and/or exercise programs with your pet.
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