Rottweiler bitch Nana had severe arthritis in both elbows. The dog scarcely coped with constant painkillers, but her elbows were getting worse every day. Nana had lost the joy of living and she avoided the company of the other dogs in her family. She spent most of her time just lying and sleeping. Nana was eight years old at the time. She had been given glucosamine and other joint supplements, but none really helped. Nana’s owner Miia Lönnqvist was already prepared to let Nana go. When new x-rays were taken, Nana’s veterinarian did not hold out much hope.
Final effort to help the dog’s arthritis
One day Miia heard from a friend that his dog had been selected to be part of a test group for a completely new supplement for dogs suffering from arthritis. Miia immediately made a phone call to us at Nutrolin® – it was Nutrolin® that was gathering the test group. The test group was already fully booked, but Miia did not give up. She persuaded the test team to include Nana unofficially as part of the trial groupalthough no-one had high hopes that the supplement would improve the situation of a dog with such severe case of arthritis. The product that was tested was what is now known as Nutrolin HIP & JOINT®.
Rottweiler bitch Nana’s arthritis pain was reduced
After a few weeks we received a phone call.It was Nana’s owner Miia, who was both laughing and crying at the same time and saying that a miracle had taken place:Nana was behaving like a young dog. She had even jumped into the car unassisted. Nana’s joy of life had returned and she had started joining the family’s other dogs on their walks again. At Nutrolin®, we were just as happy as Miia and her dog Nana! We promised that we would supply Nana with the test product until Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT was ready to be launched on the market.
Thanks to Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT, Nana got several more active years. Nana’s painkillers were gradually phased out as she continued to use the supplement. After three months of using HIP & JOINT, Nana did not need pain medication anymore. For the rest of her life Nana was free of painkillers.
When she passed away, it was a result of heart failure in the middle of a walk in the forest on a beautiful spring morning. The pathologist also examined the condition of Nana’s joints –anddescribedthe arthritis in her elbows as “very severe” and she also had “moderate osteoarthritis in her knee and hip joints”. Yet, Nana’s last few years had been happy and active.
Dogs with arthritis get help from omega-3’s, glucosamine, chondroitin
When a dog is diagnosed with arthritis, veterinarians usually recommend omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and joint nutrients in support of other treatments. Glucosamine and chondroitin are the most studied supplements for joint problems. Based on research findings, WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) recommended these nutrients in 2014.
Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT contains omega-3 fatty acids and joint nutrients – glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, MSM, krill and vitamin C. This combination makes Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT uniquely effective. The combined effect of fish oil and joint nutrients is a lot more effective than one of them alone. Together they reduce inflammation and pain in joints. When the pain goes away, the dog starts to move more. Movement is beneficial for joints and the dog’s quality of life improves.
Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT
This unique dual component product restores the mobility of the joints and brings back the joy of exercise
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
High quality fish oil from sustainably caught fish
• chondroitin sulphate
• All ingredients are medical grade.
University study supports the efficacy of Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT
A case series study was carried out at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The efficacy of Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT product on arthritic pain was examined by using the Helsinki Chronic Pain Index (HCPI), a scientifically validated method for study of arthritic pain (Hielm-Björkman et al. 2009). All dogs participating in the study had arthritis in their hip joints. The dogs were supplemented with Nutrolin® HIP & JOINT for 3 months and during this period the level of pain was determined every four weeks by using the HCPI questionnaire. Significant drop in the HCPI was observed already after 5 weeks into the study and was maintained throughout the 3-month study.
Hielm-Björkman AK, Rita H, Tulamo RM. (2009). Psychometric testing of the Helsinki chronic pain index by completion of a questionnaire in Finnish by owners of dogs with chronic signs of pain caused by osteoarthritis. Am J Vet Res. 70(6):727-34.