Choosing Joint Supplements to Get Our Dog Back on The Trail #NaturalStride

November 20, 2013 in Gear Reviews

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Sad, sad post-surgery pup :(

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!

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Our healthy big boy loving life again.

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.

Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplement

Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplement

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!). 

 

***This post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. We am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but Marking My Territory only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Solutions is not responsible for the content of this article.***

Product Review: Brown Beggars & The 144

September 30, 2013 in Gear Reviews

Brown Beggars Sampler.

Brown Beggars Sampler.
Image source: SitStay.com

Ezra and Coltrane go bonkers when the UPS truck rolls up. You’ll find them up in arms with their mighty barks hoping to chase away the pesky delivery guy… but after we received two packages from SitStay, they may be changing their tune about the men & women in brown.  The arrival of the Brown Beggars Sampler and The 144 had them drooling and all too eager for the UPS guy’s next delivery.

The Brown Beggars Sampler and The 144 are two unique and impressive treat packages from the folks at SitStay. Aside from the packaging (which is adorable and surprising(!) – I thought we were getting architectural schematics from the long tube that arrived), the treats themselves are wholesome and far from the run of the mill stuff we usually find in the treats section of the pet store.

The Brown Beggars Sampler comes customized based on your dog’s size. Since Ezra and Coltrane are large and in charge, we got  the goodies for the large breed dogs, and what goodies they were! The sampler consists of 15-20 natural deli-style  bones, chews, patties & jerky (I think our sampler had 19 items – including pig ears!). There were half a dozen patties, several types of jerky and quite a few large bones — which Coltrane promptly began hoarding.

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A few of the goodies in our Brown Beggars sample pack – those are pig ears in the middle!

Coltrane is a big chewer so the bones were a big hit with him. I gave each dog a chance to try out a few treats then went inside for a while. When I came back, they were both still chewing on the bones – it’s rare that we find a chew that lasts more than 3 minutes for Coltrane. My one concern with the samples that we received is that a few of the flat pieces (they were jerky items, I think) were a little tough on Ezra’s gums. He has sensitive gums and I did notice a little bleeding as he chewed on the flat piece, but it wasn’t really a cause for concern.

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“Where will it end?!” Ezra wonders as he tries to swipe one of the strands of jerky from The 144.

In addition to the deli-style treats, we also received a package of Jump Your Bones Loin of Albacore Tune. And holy crazy dog! Ezra went berzerk for these treats. These seemed to be separate from the big bag of deli treats, but they were nonetheless a huge hit.

The next portion of our UPS delivery came in a long tube that I’m more accustomed to seeing filled with maps and posters instead of dog treats. But that’s where the 144 gets its name from – 144 inches of jerky goodness. The 144 consists of four, three-foot snap jerky sticks. We snapped off pieces and used these as behavior reinforcement training treats as well as their “go to bed” treats.

Overall, we were really pleased with SitStay’s Brown Beggars Sampler and The 144. In a time when there are so many different pet food recalls because of crazy over processing, it’s reassuring to know that we’re giving our dogs good stuff.

And it’s affordable. The Sampler runs $10.75 – $16.26 (varies based on the size of your dog) and The 144 is currently priced at $15.99 (that’s only $.11/inch!). We’ll definitely be ordering more of these treats and I’ve already got in mind that this will be our gift when friends or family gets a new dog.

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Pretty much sums up how Coltrane felt about his first Brown Beggar Sampler experience.

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A very happy dog with a very big bone.

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by SitStay.com. I am being compensated in the form of dog treats to share my thoughts on the Brown Beggers treats, but the opinions expressed on Marking My Territory are my own and I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers.