Features January 2014 Issue

Keeping Your Dog Thin is a Lifesaver

Highly active dogs, and breeds and individuals who are prone to degenerative arthritis or hip dysplasia may benefit the most from being kept thin. Reducing the dog’s body weight will reduce the stress on his muscles, tendons, and joints.

Keeping Your Dog Thin is a Lifesaver

Lean This Way

In 2003, Holly Marie Johnson of Rainier, Oregon, got some very bad news. Her 2-year-old Shepherd-mix, Kaija, had a severely dysplastic left hip, and surgery was not an option. All the veterinarian could offer was a bottle of glucosamine and MSM supplements, and the advice to “love her for as long as she has.” But almost a decade later, at 11½ years old, Kaija is going strong – “active, cheerful and playful” – a stark contrast to that grim prognosis. “Only in the last year has she shown any signs of pain,” Johnson says, “and then only occasionally, usually when she’s gotten chilled or has been overly active.”

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