November 20, 2013 in Gear Reviews
When I first adopted Ezra from the pound he was a wee four month old pup — little did I know that in just a few years he’d be a rumbling, tumbling 100 lb pile of muscle, fur and love. Over the years Ezra’s gone just about everywhere with us — except trails that have tricky bridges or rickety stair cases (we learned our lesson with that one!).
But about a year ago, like many aging dogs, Ezra suffered a joint injury that has kept him pretty much off the hiking trails this last year. In what we can only assume was a mad dash sprint to the fence to protect his territory from the big, bad Post Office Truck, his ACL snapped, leaving him hobbled version on the powerful and energetic dog we had always known. Within a matter of days he was home recovering from major surgery and facing a tough road to his once strong and stable self.
After the first couple of months passed, our vet recommended a supplement that’s commonly prescribed for joint pain in dogs. We gave it to Ezra nightly for MONTHS without seeing much improvement. Despite frequent walks and doing our best to help him in his recovery, his enthusiasm was clearly dampened and he was spending most afternoons curled up in his favorite spot in the back yard.
Thankfully that sad version of our big boy has gone away and the credit goes to the new joint supplement for dogs, Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplements for Dogs. We were selected to participate in a trail of this new supplement that the company claimed that we would see results within two weeks. “Yeah, right,” I thought. But they weren’t joking!
Ezra went from starting to drag his leg at 3/4 mile in our walk to walking strong for 1.5 miles in 13 days of taking Natural Stride’s supplement. We were astounded.
We continued using the product for the rest of the month and could see his strength building, spirit returning and (finally!!) less pain getting up from sitting or lying down. After months of post-surgery struggle Ezra was returning to his former self.
Not only was he feeling better, but we felt great using a product that focused on fixing the problem, not just masking the pain (too much of those anti-inflammatories can do a number on a dog’s body). Natural Stride’s comprehensive joint formula is packed with Cetyl Myristoleate, Glucosamine HCL and Sulfate, MSM, Omega 3, Vitamin C, Yucca, and Hyaluronic Acid — all the good stuff to help heal joint pain in dogs without any of the questionable fillers or side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs that the vet had also prescribed.
He still is not strong enough to venture on to the rocky and unpredictable terrain of many trails, but the ease and comfort he now has just walking around the neighborhood gives us great hope that he’ll soon be returning to the trails in coming months.
And because they want to keep the joints of dogs in all ages and stages healthy, Natural Stride is offering a 20% discount on all online orders for Marking My Territory Readers through 3/31/14.
Just visit the Natural Stride Website use coupon code “TERRITORY20” for any product (canine, equine & human!).
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