I have 3 senior dogs; Romeo & Juliet are 15-year-old Maltese, and Bella is an 11-year-old springer spaniel. While they all have aging bodies and some medical complications, Juliet in particular has been diagnosed with arthritis and hip dysplasia. Julie appears to be in pain often, constantly limping and hiding, and her bones even make an audible clicking sound at times. Needless to say, we have tried a vast array of Hip & Joint supplements for my little Julie (see photo), with varied degrees of success.
In our past experience, the majority of Hip & Joint supplements have 2 things in common: they contain the active ingredients Glucosamine HCI, MSM, Chondroitin, and Vitamin C, and they don’t do anything to increase Juliet’s quality of life. A few of the Hip & Joint supplement brands that exist on this list and in my Hip & Joint supplement graveyard include: NaturVet Naturals Joint Health 1, 2, and 3, NaturVet Naturals Aches & Discomfort, and PetNaturals Hip+Joint, to name a few (not even including all of the Hip & Joint treat brands we have tried). I find it fascinating that this Wag brand does not include any of those typical ingredients seen in the less-than beneficial brands sitting in my dog join supplement graveyard, (and its one of the only brands that we have tried that actually works!)
Two supplements I have tried in the past have far surpassed my expectations for a dog supplement and DRASTICALLY improved Juliet’s quality of life- one is ProThrive Senior by Animal Health Solutions, and the other is this Wag Lifetime Joint Care by Pet Research. This product not only changed my opinion and expectations of what a dog Joint supplement is capable of, but quite literally changed Juliet’s life. Taking this supplement, she acts like a puppy again! Immense amounts of energy, no more hiding, minimal limping, and most importantly, she appears to be happy. Furthermore, when my other two dogs consume this product, they too are more energetic and appear more youthful. One of the best qualities I've noticed about this product is the ability to word so effectively, so quickly! It doesn't seem to need as long as other brands to "build up" in their system to start working.
However, both of the aforementioned products are quite pricey, especially if your dog is larger than a Maltese. With this Wag costing $44.99 for 60 tablets (Though I stretch these out to last 120 days for Juliet- 1/2 of the recommended dose for her size but still quite effective) and ProThrive costing upwards of $50 for 12oz (170 supply for my 10lb Julie).
While we are still heavily in love with this brand, it is worth mentioning that Romeo & Juliet will not eat this tablet unless it is covered in peanut butter or hidden in cat food, and even then Juliet will occasionally spit it out (for the record, Julie is always pretty bratty with any supplement.) Bella, however, eats these as if they were treats (but also for the record, Bella is my girl who is notorious for eating practically anything and everything.)
Overall, we absolutley love this product, and highly recommend it.
+ It actually WORKS
+ Provided all 3 dogs with youthful energy
+ Reduced audible clicking joints, and hiding and limping behaviors in arthritic dog
+ Easily broken in half by hand without crumbling or requiring pill cutter
+ Benefits seen after first use
+ Quality Company & Consumer Service
- Pricey (but worth it!)
- Picky pups won't eat it plain (but they are brats ;) )
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