When I was 18 months old (that's me in the pic), I was eating the very best premium grade dog food my family could find, it came from the vet. Then I hurt my hip playing with my bff Scott and found myself in a lot of pain.
I saw the vet and it turned out I had inflammation that caused arthritis in my joints, they thought it might be partly because I played so rough. So I got some pain killers (and I heard the vet whisper to my family that they were a short term fix and I'd likely be paralysed in 12 to 18 months!!!).
Lucky for me, my family thought my diet might be the problem. They started researching and created a new and different human grade breakfast just for me and within just weeks I didn't need any more painkillers. I could run and play and I had no pain.
That was 9 years ago (I'm 11 years old now)—and I still 🧡 my Happy Dog Breakfast every morning, plus I get a meal of human grade meat at night. I also get veggies, occasionally chicken and a soft bone to chew on. That's basically what I eat unless I can also scrounge a treat or two.
I have no joint pain and I play and run a lot, I think that's pretty good for an 11-year-old Labrador! I reckon your dog will be that way too, Scott eats the same as me and he's just as healthy and happy as I am.
From the Hey Happy Dog team:
Dolly does play a lot, that's true—but when visitors come or when she sees people she likes, she somehow leaps and bends and twirls in mid air, it's a sight to see :).
But back then, she couldn't bounce or jump at all without hurting herself—which is more of a tragedy for Labradors than some more dogged breeds. And even though we were feeding her what we thought were the best foods on the market from vet clinics, we came to know that they were the exact things that caused her pain and almost killed her.
One vet thought it was the rough play, but it wasn't—she plays just as rough now as she did then, and she's doing great—it was the food. When we stopped feeding her the commercial dog food and put her on what was an early rendition of Happy Dog Breakfast, she was off her pain killers in only 8 weeks and has never looked back.
Turned out that many of the gut-healing arthritis-busting darlings of the human health food world are great for dogs too! And the formula that saved Dolly's life (Happy Dog Breakfast) is packed with them. Combined with a daily fresh human-grade meat meal, it took away her pain and brought back her joy.
Also—it never bothered Dolly, but we sure appreciated that her breath and her poos didn't smell bad any more. Bonus!!!
We, and Dolly, wish you happy times and good health! ❤️ 💛