Last week we shared a guest post from Wag Lifetime Joint Care about what age you should start your dog on a joint supplement. Before our golden retriever Sheba got diagnosed with arthritis just over a year ago, I never thought much about joint supplements, or any type of supplements for my dogs. I’ve never been convinced of the need for them, for my pets or myself. That’s all changed now.
We had tried two different supplements with Sheba before deciding to try Wag. With the first we didn’t see any real results, and we have been happy enough with the second. But it was a powder we added to her food, and she started to be fussy about eating her food with the powder on it. We didn’t like the pill version of that supplement. So when we got an opportunity to try Wag, it seemed like a good idea to try a change. Just because one works good doesn’t mean another won’t work equally as well or even better. I don’t like to have all of our eggs in one basket; so to speak, I think it’s good to have more than one option.
I had read that others who used Wag for their dogs were happy with it. I searched their website to learn more about it, and here are some of things I found out:
- It protects not just joints, but bones, ligaments, and tendons.
- It is effective for dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
- Made in the USA.
- It is fast acting (works in 7-10 days), clinically proven, and safe.
- The ingredients are all natural, high quality, not generic. These ingredients consist of Natural Eggshell Membrane (which won an award for new product innovation and is 5 times more effective than glucosamine), 2 all natural botanical extracts, and chelated minerals. There is no glucosamine in Wag.
- Pet Research, the company that manufactures Wag, is a young company made up of actual dog owners who consider their dogs family and even take them to work with them.
- There is a 30 day full money back guarantee.
That’s all great but the bottom line here is: Does Sheba like it, and how is it working for her? Wag comes in tablet form and the dosage is 2 tablets daily for dogs 41-134 lbs. Sheba weighs 67-69 lbs so we decided to start her on two tablets for one week, and then reduce her to 1 since she’s on the lower end of the weight scale. She loves the tablets and will take one whole, but most of the time my hubby just breaks it into pieces and adds it to her supper. They break very easily.
It wasn’t long after we started her on it that we went outside and I saw something I hadn’t seen in a very long time: Sheba running across the yard for no apparent reason….she wasn’t chasing a ball, she wasn’t chasing her siblings, she was just running for the sheer joy of it! Now I have to point out that this was after a spell of bad weather and yard conditions when we hadn’t been getting outside as much, but still. I remember it so clearly because it was at the time Luke was in his recovery period for his knee, and of course he started running after her, and I felt so bad having to stop them!
However, a couple of weeks ago my hubby and I had both noticed that Sheba was having some difficulty getting up from a lying down position, especially in the mornings. I also thought she had been licking her paws more, which can be a sign of pain. We discussed it and decided to up her dose of Wag to 1 ½ tablets per day to see if that helped. This was also at a time we weren’t getting outside a lot again, and one thing that can help arthritis is to keep moving. Since we upped her dosage, and she has been a bit more active, she is no longer having difficulty getting up! I think it’s a combination of the two factors.
We are all pleased with Wag, and we will be keeping Sheba on it. It was just after starting Sheba on the Wag that Luke was diagnosed with his luxating patella. Since we had plenty of Sheba’s old supplement left, we decided to try him on that. We thought it was helping a lot at first, but now we’re not quite as sure and we are either going to switch him to Wag, or we have another product we may try as well.
Cricket is also on joint supplements, as a preventative measure. She has no joint issues, but she is 10 years old and very active, and we realize now we should have had her on some all along. Of course it’s a personal decision for us to do this, and you should always check with your own vet if your dog is showing any signs of joint issues themselves (such as limping or difficulty rising).
If you would like to learn more about Wag, you can visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. They gave me a discount code to share, WAG10 will get you 10% off your first order, and we are also giving away one bottle! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chances to win. The giveaway will be open for one week, USA -& Canadian- residents 18 years of age and older only, void where prohibited by law.
Disclaimer: We were given one bottle of Wag to try at no charge, but were in no other way compensated for this post. Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products that we feel will be of interest or benefit to our readers, and all reviews are our own honest opinions.