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I rescued Jess over 5 years ago and is probably about  9 years old now. She did agility for a couple of years till Covid struck the UK. She has started to struggle to get up stairs or get off of the floor sometimes. She has been on Desmopressin Acetate for a couple of years which has worked well on her excessive drinking problem. Her problem appears to be the back legs only at this stage. She walks fine and can jog with me for a few hundred yards. Is there any supplements I can give her or other suggestions to prolong her life. Thank you.

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I'd start with a vet visit. Make sure there is no severe arthritis happening and no CHD. There are a multitude of supplements on the market that can help but you need to know first what you are dealing with. A favorite though is the glucosamine/chondroitin.

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Agree with Journey regarding vet visit and the suggested supplement. There are also omega 3 supplements and supplements for muscle enhancement. Myos (a muscle ‘builder’) worked well for my senior dog, but not sure if it is available in the UK.

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Agree with above and would like to add that omega 3 supplements and CBD oil can be very helpful in reducing inflammation. Glycoflex is another good supplement.

You're probably already aware of this -  making sure she's not carrying any extra weight is also important. It'll probably be helpful to reduce carbs in her diet as well. Carbs convert to sugar that increases inflammation. A raw diet that doesn't include grains, legumes or potatoes (all high in carbs) would probably be helpful but if you can't or aren't willing to go completely raw switching out even 20% of kibble for fresh meat and low starch veggies can benefit. More than 20% you'd have to make sure it's balanced to provide a complete nutrient profile. ETA that contrary to misconceptions it's perfectly fine to feed raw and fresh food together.

Wishing you and Jess the best.

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