16 year old Jack Russell Terrier
The ORIGINAL old time breeding from England
Proudly owned by Gayle Bunney
owner/host of this website
The first time I ever witnessed Jack laying down in the sunshine he was about 14 years old. Up until then, he never stopped moving long enough to caught laying around in broad daylight.
But time takes it's toll, especially on Old Warriors like Jack. By this spring with his 16th birthday looming, he pretty much had quit anything except a slow walk. His Arthritis was playing havoc with his old body. Well I couldn't do much about his battle scars or his diminishing eye sight or hearing but I could try to help his joints, etc.
I started Jack on Glucosimine, Chondroitin and MSM in early June. One pill a day containing all 3. And I began the long wait to see if it would help?
And it did seem to make a difference finally. He trotted some places instead of walking? He didn't seem quite as stiff and sore in the morning after laying down all night? Then today, late in September, I SAW THE DIFFERENCE............................
Jack had fallen behind as usual on my morning walk with my pack of dogs. He was moseying along, smelling every post, every tree, every pile of the horse's "Road Apples"...................... Then his old head came up, he sniffed the air, trying to find us. I whistled to him from across the horse pasture. AND HE LIT OUT ON A DEAD RUN. Running like he used to almost. Yes, Sure...................he wasn't going to win any races but he came running. Not walking, not trotting. Low to the ground and legs pumping, he covered the length of that pasture in no time flat, with a big smile on his face.
Glucosamine For Joint Problems
"Glucosamine" is considered a "Chondroprotective Agent" to help Protect and Synthesize "Cartilage" in the joints.
Glucosamine is naturally produced in the body and is used as a building block for the synthesis of important components found in joint cartilage.
Studies have been performed showing that not only does Glucosamine supply raw materials to help build cartilage, it also helps to stimulate production of other cartilage precursors thereby increasing cartilage synthesis.
There as been a number of human studies performed that demonstrate Glucosamine's success in decreasing clinical signs of ARTHRITIS by decreasing Pain and increasing Joint Mobility. Since animals have the same requirement for Glucosamine as a precursor to cartilage production, many Veterinarians are strongly supporting the use of Glucosamine as a supplement for helping with Arthritis and other associated joint ailments.
Most veterinarians suggest in their patients, the use of Glucosamine, often in conjunction with prescribed "ANTI-IMFLAMATORIES for the more severe cases.
There are a number of Glucosamine products on the market today. Sadly many do not have a high enough percentage of Glucosamine in them to be of much if any help at all.
It is shown that products which not only contain GLUCOSAMINE but also the all important MSM and CHONDROITIN, even perhaps other necessary, naturally occurring substances in the body are "Far Superior" supplements.
Beware of spending time and money on products, not purchased from a Veterinarian or other such reliable, knowledgeable source.
Keep in mind that you will not see a great difference in Pain OR Joint Mobility for from a few weeks up to at least 3 months. Glucosamine takes awhile to be converted to the necessary cartilage precursors. It works if you are willing to give it time and is fed daily, not sporadically.
NOTE: ALSO Omeg-3 Fatty Acid Products are finding a place in treatment where the dietary requirements for animals has not been at an acceptable level for that particular animal and/or skin and coat conditions in certain animals.