Charlie Bear here and that’s a pic of my good buddy, Rex.

I’m a little guy, just shy of 20 lbs., but Rex was a Golden Lab with some weight on him. Okay, Mom Peep says it was all muscle, and that’s mostly true. He was a strong son-of-a-gun, but he was big. Heck, I could almost walk underneath him, if I ducked a bit.

Anyway, in his older years he had arthritis in his joints. Mom tried to keep him exercised, and watched his food intake so he didn’t put on too much weight and impact those joints too much, but he was prone to limping if he overexerted by running or jumping.

So, at the vet’s suggestion, Mom gave him Glucosamine tablets. Just over-the-counter ones you buy to take yourself. In fact, she gave one to Rex in a pill pocket, and then put one out for Dad and one for herself at each dinnertime meal. It was a ritual that helped them all.

pill pockets

Here’s a quick list of things that Dr. Jon of PetPlace suggests:


Ways to Help an Arthritic Dog

Arthritis refers to inflammation or swelling in a joint. The cause can be abnormal bone or joint development, instability of the surrounding ligaments and tendons, damage or injury to the joint, an infection, or injury caused by the immune system.

Here are 6 things that you can do that may help your arthritic dog.

1. Slip-free Flooring
2. A Soft Bed
3. Ramps
4. Massage
5. Weight Control and Dietary Therapy
6. Exercise


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So Mom Peep did all she could with Rex (many of the things on the list) and it helped him a lot. Do you have a dog like Rex?

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear


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4 thoughts on “Do You Know a Dog Like This?

  • June 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Very helpful, Charlie Bear. And Rex sure looks a lot like Clyde. With shorter legs. Hugs to you and your Mom Peep!

    • June 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

      If Clyde has longer legs than my buddy Rex, then he must be REALLY tall!
      Wiggles to you and Clyde,
      Charlie Bear

  • June 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    CB; Beaugie here and no I am not yet like Rex but bet if I live long enough i’ll get there for it seems to attack more and more animals as well as “Our Peep Humans”, my peeps has it pretty bad and I try to do all I can to help them out such as walking slow and not making them chase after me so much. I will try to do all I can not to get ‘that stuff’.. Be good, CB and love your peeps a lot.

    Wiggles & Woofs U Back,

    • June 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Me too! I try to keep my peeps from tripping over me, chasing after me, bending over to me. I jump to the top of the sofa so they can pet me, I run to the door all on my own to be let out, and I bound into Dad’s lap for lovin’. We’ve got it good!
      Wiggles and woofs to you,
      Charlie Bear


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