I've been administering joint supplements for quite a few years. My oldest dog passed this past December at 16 1/2 years old, and though she had been slowing down, only near the end was she having difficulty getting up and around. Before her, I was giving them to my lab Gunny several years before he passed as well. I've had her and my other two on supplements for their varying conditions; Tiger for his weak rear knees, and Spicey for a luxating patella. Thankfully, we have zero problems for a number of years now, due not only to these supplements, but also to moderate exercise and keeping them trim.
Now, Spicey and Tiger are Platinum Performance complete joint
, which goes in their supper in the evenings. This is a top of the line supplement and is priced accordingly, but for us has been worth every penny. They are extremely quick to ship also. They take a morning supplement from Zesty Pet
(available on Amazon) also an excellent supplement, price per pill (chewables too).
Lastly, I've also got my youngest, Spicey, on a supplement called microlactin (Swanson vitamins currently has this cheapest), as she's got a luxating patella, and it has helped her tremendously. This and other things are discussed in a thread I started here
. Also suggested for joints is Cetyl-M (the Platinum Performance supplement contains this, but in small a small amount), which is next on the docket if the microlactin doesn't work in the long term.
You cannot go wrong with a good joint supplement(s) in an middle aged/elderly dog, and in a great deal of cases, they spring back miraculously. What's more, is with water-based supplements like these, you can give them in quantity until they work, as it's virtually impossible to overdose; unless of course you're supplying bucket sized or other absurd quantities.
It's worth mentioning that joint formulations that humans take, can also be given to our dogs. The glucosamine/chondroitin tabs from Walmart are just as effective, and in many cases less expensive, than the supplements branded for dogs. It's also important to remember that the many and varying supplement combinations are not always effective on all dogs; some will respond excellently, some not at all. It sometimes takes several tries to get the right one, so it's good news that the Hylasport seems to be doing the trick for Abby!