I have two senior Australian Shepherd/German Sherpherd mix dogs. They’re nearly 14 years old and are litter mates, male and female. Flash and Patches have joint and hip issues. Well, they suffer from old age, but they still get around pretty well. Until October, Flash was still jumping up on my bed to snuggle. Patches still jumps into the bath tub when there’s a thunder storm. They prance around the back yard about a hundred times a day. But their age is catching up with them.
I hadn’t thought a whole lot of it, given that they were still getting around so well, but both dogs had taken to panting quite a bit. We’d had the incident with Flash freaking out and panting heavily last spring, which turned out to be because of an impending severe storm front. But this past fall, it was most of the time, and both dogs had taken to panting regularly. I needed to do something to ease their pain. I was researching joint supplements and coming up with a lot of very expensive options for their size. And there are two of them, which doubles the cost. Ouch. But totally worth it and the responsible thing to do.
Each bag has thirty chews. A bag, for my 60 pound dog, should last one dog a month, so my two bags lasted a month. I wasn’t 100% sure that the chews were working, so I asked my Hunny. His response? “They’re not panting anymore. I’d say it’s working well.” Well there ya go. They may not be getting around all that great, but neither do they seem to be in pain all the time.
Several things about the Tomlyn Joint and Hip Chews for large senior dogs (the above bag was just for medium to large dogs, but I’ve upgraded to senior dogs):
- Prescribed regimen is a whole chew (depending on dog’s weight) once daily for 30 days, then half a chew daily for maintenance
- The bag of chews is about 30 bucks here in Tulsa, and my local pet store carries them (yay!)
- The dogs gobble them up like candy, so there’s no forcing them to eat or swallow them
- The ingredients all seem to be legit – glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3, MSM, creatine
- They work – that was the biggest factor for me, having it validated by someone else (Hunny)
So yes, I’ll continue buying the Tomlyn Joint and Hip Chews for large senior dogs. Most days Flash and Patches get a half chew, but on panting days (usually because of impending storms), I give them a whole chew. I’m very pleased with the results. Our first Aussie had hip issues at twelve years old and we underwent a regimen of shots at the vet. Those worked beautifully for her (her back legs were slipping out from under her prior to the shots). But I’m equally pleased that we don’t find that necessary this time around.
This post is not sponsored by Tomlyn. As always, I’m writing for Jones Natural Chews. Jones does sell a treat which could probably help my senior dogs, the Windee (highest natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin), but it doesn’t have all of the other natural ingredients specific to joint and hip issues. Jones sells all natural treats, yes, but they are also primarily single ingredient treats, not purposed to be medicinal. Hmm. I might ask Jones to send me Windee Rings, though, and see if it doesn’t help even more with the dogs’ mobility.
Until I write again …