Two years ago she had a battle with cancer. But an all clear result, a second cancer scare and three operations later I can admit that it quite honestly feels like I’m always on edge waiting for the next worry to arise, so I feel incredibly lucky that she has reached the ripe old age of 11 because I wasn’t sure it would happen.
But she had and touch wood is in great health, generally. She has swapped long walks and football sessions for short bursts of play with shorter walks and in part, I think her good health is spurred on by her desire to keep the boys, Christopher and Danny in check. And boy does she.
With Chloe, our old Labrador, she was a mellow girl but when the boys tumbled into the house, Mia’s bossy side was awoken. In fact, I think she’s at her happiest when she’s either eating or when she has a ball and she knows they know she has a ball, and they don’t have one.
However, tumbling boys and bossy boots aside, even with modifications to her exercise regime in recent months I noticed, perhaps not surprisingly for her age, that her back legs were becoming more stiff, despite taking supplements daily.
It was taking her longer to get up from a lying down position and on more than one occasion I noticed her give a faint yelp. During a trip to the vets for her nails to be clipped, I mentioned it to her vet nurse and she told me her back legs were a little puffy and her feet out ‘duck’ stance was also a sign of arthritis setting in.
If I could help it, I really wanted to see if I could find a solution between the liquid supplement she had been taking and heavier duty prescribed veterinary medicines so I set about finding what else was on the market that may be suitable and could allow her to keep up with lunatics, like Danny.
Surely there must be something in between I thought?
Then I remembered FlexiDog joint supplement from Simply Pets…