Today's Antinol experience is a tale of 3 stories: 11 year old Rottweiler Heidi, 9 year old Chihuahua Rory and 9 year old house cat Hattie. All were rescued by mom to 6 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses and 1 teenage Sarah Hopkins.
Has a bilateral cruciate ligament condition in her hips which causes her to overcompensate in the front. This in turn causes her great pain in her shoulders. She has a terrible habit of jumping up to greet people. I remember on her worst days she would cry out every time she tried to say hello!
In addition to a strict diet to control the weight she must carry, Heidi is given a supplemental diet together, receives regular hydrotherapy and (before Antinol was suggested to us) she used to have Metacam on and off.
However, after we incorporated Antinol into her daily routine, her lameness improved, especially on her shoulders. Especially after walks. The benefits have been so great that we have slowly been able to reduce intermittent use of Metacam.
We may be getting to a point where Antinol is no longer sufficient, but for now we've bought ourselves extra time before the disease progresses to the next stage and we need to reintroduce nonsteroidal drugs.
Rescued at 5 we adopted Rory the Chihuahua with inoperable dislocating patellas. He also occasionally becomes lame in one of his hind legs. When this happens, his comfort level drops dramatically. Antinol appears to have reduced the incidence of these episodes.
Hattie, one of four rescue cats, is suffering greatly from the cold weather. After breaking a tibia at the age of 4 and even after surgery, this time of year would normally be particularly difficult for her. Since she was put on Antinol to treat her osteoarthritis we honestly haven't looked back, the change in her condition has been tremendous.
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Sarah Hopkins is a qualified veterinary nurse and became Area Manager for Hills Pet Nutrition . Her fur family continues to grow as she tries to do her bit to help combat the post-Covid-19 surge in homeless pets. However, she tells us that the 10 total rescues are still a lot easier to handle than raising a human teenager!