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A new trick for old dogs

Dogs with arthritis suffer from chronic pain and have difficulty moving. The good news is, a breakthrough natural supplement can help.

Vets usually treat dogs experiencing chronic arthritis with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These can be beneficial, but their use may be associated with secondary gastrointestinal side effects. Now there’s a scientifically proven, effective and safe alternative treatment, called CurcuPet-K9.

CurcuPet-K9 is a turmeric-based medication which has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Data from recent studies demonstrates the beneficial effects of turmeric on dogs with arthritis. CurcuPet-K9 is specially formulated to provide a very bioavailable form of curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric. It’s a massive 30 times more absorbable than other turmeric supplements, works in a natural way, and delivers the right amount of the active ingredient for dogs.

“This is great news for dogs with arthritis!” says Galston, NSW vet Dr Andrew Miller.

How it works

Sam Hunter, founder of K9 Health, explains the background to developing the product. “Millions of Australians take turmeric supplements for joint problems and we noticed many customers were giving the human product to their pets after experiencing the benefits for themselves – dogs, horses, cats, even a parrot in one case. So, we looked at developing a product specifically for dogs. We found the research was compelling.

“There’s no placebo effect with CurcuPet-K9,” adds Hunter. “When you give a supplement to your dog, you can tell by their behaviour if it is working. We’re absolutely thrilled that our customers see positive changes so quickly, and that we’re helping these dogs to stay happy and active. Our feedback has been so positive. We know that dogs are living longer and, just like their owners, they need help to deal with joint problems.”

Success stories

Brian Cully gave CurcuPet-K9 to his border collie, Blue, after he had experienced good results from taking human-grade turmeric.

“It is tremendous to see her now,” says Cully. “You can see the relief in her face. She’s like a different dog. She has also stopped limping, is more active, and is happy to play with our two younger dogs.”

Jenny Meyers says that CurcuPet-K9 has transformed the life of Branston, her 12 year-old chocolate labrador.

She says, “Branston’s arthritic joints meant that he would often collapse onto his nose when his legs gave way, and he was no longer able to struggle upstairs. Since we introduced this supplement, Branston is back to chasing balls and is keen for walks; he is even tackling stairs again. We think it has made a dramatic difference.”

Pooler Leeman has spent his entire working life as a vet, devoted to looking after the welfare of animals, but he has now retired. He and his wife like to go for a 6.5 kilometre walk every day, and take their neighbour’s 10 year-old chocolate labrador, Whiskey, with them.

Leeman says, “At first, Whiskey had no problem with the walk, bounding along and enjoying the outing. But as the years have rolled by, he has not been nearly so mobile and he would become distressed after only walking about one kilometre, very slowly.

“When I left veterinary college all those years ago, we were taught to get to know our diseases – and my observation was that he was obviously suffering from degenerative changes in his joints. I had been taking turmeric myself for some years, so when I found CurcuPet-K9, I thought it would be an effective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that might help Whiskey. I decided it was worth a try to get him back to enjoying his walks again.”

After just three weeks of taking CurcuPet-K9, the veteran vet noticed definite improvements in Whiskey. “Whiskey is definitely more active,” he says. “He can keep up for three kilometres now, he moves more freely and he can even run alongside us when he wants to. The improvement is startling.”