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deb wrote, in another thread:

You are definitely on the right track, so things should improve soon. I highly recommend Agility. Hol and I used to, but stopped when she developed joint problems (arthritis). Now that she seems to have her energy back and her arthritis isn't bothering her I plan to start again.

Is there really hope for doggies with arthritis? My Crispin is only 2 years old, but his vet thinks that chronic knee problem is arthritis. We've had him on 1000mg of Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate for over six months and he still limps occasionally. It may bother Brent and I more than it bothers the dog - He will pick up his hind leg, hop around for a bit, sit down if it's really bad, but then get right back up and start playing again. The vet gave us the impression that this would just slowly progress and get worse, and that the glucosamine was all we could really do to stem the tide. We give him Rimadyl when he limps or if he's favoring it when we're out on a walk, but it doesn't seem to make any difference, because he doesn't seem to be in pain except for that moment when he's limping or favoring it. This is really heartbreaking for us humans - we play and run around with him and take him for walks, but we keep them fairly short. He *loves* to play with other dogs, but doesn't know how to slow down and rest. I don't think we can ever adopt an additional dog, because Crispin would just run and play until he crippled himself.

Anyway, I am delighted that Holly has shown improvement, and any suggestions you have will be *immensely* appreciated!

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