Pauline has been working with animals for most of her life. When she’s not running her own six dogs in agility and dock diving competitions, she has her own agility club in Virginia—the REVA Agility Club Enthusiasts. In Spring and Fall, they are focused on agility, but it’s all about the fast-paced, fun dock diving competitions through the summer.
Effortless, with her bright blue eyes, Pauline’s first agility dog was Effortless. But at 14 and a half years old, she was beginning to struggle, and Pauline was worried about her future.
“Her mobility issues started about a year ago. She really slowed down. I noticed that she was having trouble moving her hind legs. She limped terribly. Our house has two steps up from the decking. I couldn’t get her to walk up or down them—she had to be carried.”
Effortless had just as many difficulties once inside.
“We have hard flooring downstairs, and she had to be carried across it because otherwise, she would fall over.”
On the advice of her vet, Pauline tried various supplements.
“Nothing seemed to work; she just got progressively worse. Some supplements helped a bit, but not in the long term. I was worried that this might be the end. I just didn't want her to give up.”
While competing at the Cynosport agility games in Tennessee, Pauline’s daughter came across Antinol®. Vetz Petz is the official joint supplement of the USDAA and was showcasing Antinol®.
“Danielle called me and said she thought it could help Effortless. I did some research. I looked at how pure the ingredients were, and I liked what I read. I thought I would give it a try.”
“We spoke to a representative from Vetz Petz, and they sent us a trial. It sounded good, but I didn't have high expectations because she is older and has been a competition dog—it’s hard on their bodies.”
As recommended, Pauline doubled the number of softgel capsules for the first 15 days. Vetz Petz reports the best results when pet parents follow this initial step.
“Firstly, they are so easy to give. I put the Antinol® in her food, and she gobbles it up! I don’t have to hide it in a pill pocket or any kind of treat. I don't have any problem giving it to her.”
90% of pet parents will see a difference in their pet within the first 30 days with Antinol®, but all pets are different. Some may take longer than others. Some, like Effortless, see results much quicker.
“I noticed a difference in the first ten days. She was turning without falling over. She was going up and down the steps into the house. We didn’t have to carry her. I was hoping that maybe she'd get a little relief, but I was really surprised at how much relief she got!”
“By day 15, she was turning easily. She didn't walk with a limp. Considering her age, she’s been so much better—very fluid in her movement. She’s comfortable and moving around easily.”
“The other day, she trotted down the hill to the frisbee field and wanted to play. She was very happy to go down there and investigate everything, then come back up on her own. She hasn’t done that in 9 months, so I’m really happy.”
Effortless has been having Antinol® for a month now, and Pauline can’t believe the impact it has had on her life.
“She seems sharper. When I call her, she turns her head quicker. She just seems brighter. Her bright blue eyes...they have a little twinkle now. She doesn't look like an old dog.”
Watching the smile on Pauline’s face as she talks about the changes in Effortless is enough to convince you to give Antinol® a try. The love and affection they have for each other and the bond that 12 years of competing together have given them are unshakable.
“It feels great to see my dog doing so well. I was worried that this might be the end— she had slowed down so much, but I didn't want her to give up. Antinol® has put a hop in her step again. She wants to get up and participate in her life again. That means everything to me. It’s remarkable.”
Disclaimer: These stories are for informational purposes only. The information is not a substitute for expert veterinary care. Stories are written by the Antinol team based on real interviews conducted with the pet parents and represent their own observations. These observations are not guaranteed, are not medically substantiated, and may not be typical for other pets.