If you walk your dog on the racecourse you may recognise this handsome fellow. His name is Algy, he is 10, and up until a few months ago, our little prince had very stiff joints, he would hobble around, obviously in great discomfort. He struggled to stand, he couldn’t climb stairs, so we would have to carry him up and down. On several occasions we even had to hold him up as he did ‘his business’, his legs just simply couldn’t take his weight.
Our vet at the time prescribed Synoquin, they were confident it would work, but it did little to help Algy, in fact it impacted his ‘tummy’ quite negatively…and we stopped giving it to him. We tried other prescribed drugs, but none on them worked.
It was only a matter of time before he wouldn’t be able to go out at all, so I started researching pet strollers for dogs. I think they are fantastic for old or injured dogs who can’t walk very far and get tired. I personally have no time for pet stroller snobbery, why is an old dog any different to an old person in a wheelchair?
They still need our care, I certainly wasn’t going to have Algy housebound for the remainder of his life, dogs get depressed, just like people, he would still need the mental stimulation, even if the physical exercise was going to be challenging for him. He could walk for a bit and then when he got tired, he could ride in the stroller until he felt able to walk again.
So I encourage all who have old or infirmed dogs, to get a stroller, they make them for all size dogs. Give your little one a new lease of life and totally ignore the nay Sayers, your dog is your priority.
These are the ones I found that I liked, I wanted one where he could lie down, and take the weight off his legs, but could still see out of the window and still be apart of our adventures.
As it turned out, a stroller did not become necessary; as a chance conversation with a good neighbour and friend turned us on to a human drug called Glucosamine & Chondroitin. He told me that he saw a black Labrador out on a walk with his owner one day and this poor dog could hardly move, he was so stiff and frail.
A few weeks later, he met the same lady with a black Labrador, the dog was running around and jumping and having so much fun. My friend asked her, fearing the worst; “where is your other dog?”, she looked confused and said “what do you mean?”, “the one that could barely walk” he responded. A smile broke out on her face as she looked at her black Labrador and said “there he is”.
It seems soon after my friend met her on the walk, she started giving her dog these pills and hey presto - six weeks later he is a happy healthy bouncing black Labrador.
So of course, we checked with our vet and we started giving these pills to Algy. They cost £5.48 from Morrison’s, there are 60 tablets per pot and you give one tablet per day.
Six weeks later he is a different dog, he has no trouble in getting up, he chases his sister Habibi up and down the stairs and he can now join us on our really long walks - he truly is our miracle boy.
Be good to your dogs young and old…