Hi, My name is Roxy, I am a 14 ½ year old Golden Retriever/German Shepard mix, I look like a black Golden Retriever. My mom is Sammie and she has owned me since I was 7 weeks old. I also have a little brother, Nico, he is a 13 ½ year old human. They love me and I love them A LOT. Since I’m a large dog, I exceeded my life expectancy a few years ago. But love (and a little Poly) will keep us together.
Shortly before I turned 13 my brother saw me stumble, and watched as I tried to walk down the hall to get to my mom. My eyebrows were jumping, my eyeballs were darting back and forth, my head tilted to the side, I was hitting the walls and having a hard time standing. Nico screamed for my mom and they put me in the back of our SUV and headed to the vet. Mom called on the way explaining that she thought I had a stroke. Luckily the vet is only about a 4 minute drive away and Mom made arrangements to get me into a room with Dr. Amy right away. Dr. Amy explained it can look like a stroke, seizure or brain tumor and is common in older dogs (who knew?). The only way to know for sure is to do an MRI – they all thought that wasn’t necessary because whatever it was, they would do palliative care. Mom promised no bad care for me. So the love started to flow and palliative care began. Dr. Amy took really good care of me and when I was ready sent me home. I was hopefully on the mend but it was likely going to be slow.
As luck would have it, that very weekend, mom met someone who used Poly-MVA for their humans but said it was used for animals too. After mom did some (well a Lot) of research she got Poly for me. Within days I felt better, my family noticed I was doing better so they decided to turn me into a canine Guinea Pig. Some days they would give me this or that and on others the Poly. When I took the other things, there was no difference BUT when I took Poly I felt so much better… walked better, less head tilt, slower eye reflexes. It wasn’t right away but mom was told it could take weeks or longer and within 10 – 14 days, my eyes were doing great and within a month I was right as rain.
That was over a year and a half ago and I am still doing great; gray faced and slower than the lightning bolt I used to be but still going up and down the wooden stairs and getting up on the couch for my naps. My humans give me Poly almost every day, but if they forget for a day and especially if they forget for more than a day I don’t seem to be as stable or energetic. Some days I seem to struggle a bit more (did I mention I also have arthritis in my back feet, just like my mom) so my mom will up my daily dosage for a day or two until I feel better. It’s important to understand my daily does is about a quarter to half a teaspoon and my increased dose is between one teaspoon and a tablespoon (if I’m really struggling). Like any supplement it is important to get proper diet, exercise and use additional supplements as necessary. Mom heard that Poly works better with vitamin A so she gives me carrots, sweet potatoes, etc with my dinner. Also, I gotta say, Poly has an interesting taste so mommy sometimes puts it in ground beef cups or steak bites for a treat. However, most of the time she just mixes it in with my kibble along with table scraps (I only get those now that I’m a gray-face, not recommended for you young pups) and veggies. Mom and I both also take CoQ10, turmeric, and fish oil. Research and talk to your doctor and naturopath about the supplements that are best for you, and don’t forget your Poly-MVA, it is a life changer.
Here are some pictures of me enjoying my Poly-MVA dinner with carrots and peas, and ground beef cups.
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