Hi my name is Melissa and I have been large animal technician at All West for 6 years. While horses are a huge part of my life, I’m also an avid dog lover and have a slight obsession with German shorthaired pointers. I have three of my own, Chase who is 11 years old, Dylan, 7yrs and Oak, 5yrs. True to form, they all have an abundance of energy and like to go, go, go all day long. Luckily I have a lot of land for them to do so on and they revel in running and hunting and exploring it day in and day out. The oldest one, Chase, has been non-stop since the day he was born. Even as a small pup he was catapulting off stairs and taking on feats far beyond his size but that didn’t stop him and he has yet to stop, even as an old man. Due to his curious nature, he had an unfortunate run in with a porcupine several years ago and he got stung in the front leg requiring surgical removal of the quills, a few of which had gotten into his joint. Dr. Dan Butterfield got them all removed and had him back on the go in no time but over time, he has developed arthritis in that leg and had become quite sore on it in the last year, especially after a long day of play. Years of hard use on all of his joints had also started to take its toll and he was getting increasingly stiff in the mornings. For the first time, I saw him start to slow down and it was really hard to watch him limp and be sore. I started him on the joint supplement, Dasuquin with MSM, and that definitely helped if I used it at the high dosage but there were still days where I would also have to use a NSAID to keep him comfortable. About 2 months ago I was encouraged to try a new dog food made by Hills called J/D that is specially formulated for joint disease in dogs. Our Hills representative reported that they have had a lot of success with this food for dogs with joint issues. Her opinion was that the dogs would no longer need supplements once they were on this food. I doubted that I would be able to maintain Chase’s soundness on the food alone but I agreed to try it. I kept him on a lower dose of Dasuquin for the first couple weeks of using the J/D diet but he was doing so well, I decided to discontinue all the supplements and Chase is doing amazing! He is completely sound and runs and goes now as much as he did as a young dog, in fact he usually is still going when my two younger ones have already passed out for the night. I’m truly amazed at how well he is doing and feel the Hills J/D diet has been a huge part of his transformation. I would recommend this food to absolutely anyone who has a dog that needs some joint support, your dog will thank you!