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It’s not just humans who face aging…our pets do, too, and they have some of the same problems we do. I have two Boston Terriers: one is 14, and one is 8. Last year, the elder Boston, Vito, began getting really stiff and having trouble walking without limping. This is terrifying! Seeing your animal companions suffer is painful; you want to do anything you can to help them and keep them comfortable. This can get challenging as they age. Cue a visit to our vet. After the exam, the vet stated that Vito is just experiencing a bit of arthritis and achy joints, just as humans do. Thank goodness it was nothing serious! He suggested a daily glucosamine supplement.

Not being familiar with glucosamine, and being a natural researcher, I had to find out more about it. According to WebMd, “Glucosamine sulfate is a chemical found in the human body. It is used by the body to produce a variety of other chemicals that are involved in building tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the thick fluid that surrounds joints. Joints are cushioned by the fluid and cartilage that surround them. In some people with osteoarthritis, the cartilage breaks down and becomes thin. This results in more joint friction, pain, and stiffness. Researchers think that taking glucosamine supplements may either increase the cartilage and fluid surrounding joints or help prevent breakdown of these substances, or maybe both.”

Vito is difficult with pills, even flavored, chewable ones. After searching on Amazon and carefully considering reviews, I decided on PetNC Natural Care Hip & Joint Soft Chews. These are disguised as chewy beefy treats. We began giving him one chew every morning, and he happily gobbled them up. Within 2 weeks, he was bouncing around like a puppy again! I was so relieved that he wasn’t suffering or in pain. This stuff is really miraculous. Since it worked so well with Vito, we began giving them to our younger Boston, Bijoux, as a preventative; she’s getting older too, and hopefully this will keep her from experiencing the same symptoms Vito did. I’m happy to have found one that boasts all-natual ingredients, too. We make sure to have a steady supply of these in the house, and they are also affordable. The PetNC chews have helped Vito live a more comfortable, active life!

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by Stacie Herndon

Stacie is a writer, graphic designer, and web developer. Legend has it that she was born old. She has always loved outrageous older ladies, often befriending them over people her own age. She is a devoted Francophile, loves a good Sauvignon Blanc and can mix a mean cocktail. She will have red hair until the day she departs this earth.