How to Get an Old Dog Moving Again #GrabTheLeash

How to Get an Old Dog Moving Again #GrabTheLeash

This post is sponsored by Therabis™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Therabis – Hemp wellness products to help your dog with itching, anxiety and joint mobility. The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog® only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Therabis is not responsible for the content of this article.


We have shared almost our entire life with dogs. That’s a lot of years… And a lot of dogs! We wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve adopted rescue pups, shelter dogs, cast aways, ex-show dogs, and even seniors. We’ve learned a thing or two from opening our home and our hearts to dogs. The one thing that always catches us off guard about dogs? When one ‘suddenly’ becomes a senior!! Not literally – it’s like our own lives, we’re just living it and all of a sudden we’re in our 50’s! What happened? Seems like just yesterday we were kids. It’s like that for dogs too – one day a pup, next day a thriving adult dog, and then suddenly, the slowing down and aches and pains of a senior dog.

The struggle is real people! I should know, I’m managing the aches and pains of aging myself. I try different supplements and alternative therapies. Spike, our 12-year old Chihuahua, and I are in the battle together – my 5 pound fluffy, little compadre! Unlike me, Spike-oh (as I like call him) has some pretty severe issues. IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) has seeped into the little guy’s life, causing aches, pains, arthritis, and spine damage. Surgery really isn’t an option – neurologists are frank that Spike’s size, age, and condition create a sizable chance that he would be left much worse off…if he lived.

What’s a dog mom to do? What I’d do for myself – face the issue, bring quality of life back into the picture, and try different things to help Spike live a joyful life. Basically, learn how to get an old dog moving again! I’ve written about cannabinoidal (CBD) product for a dog magazine, so am fairly educated about its benefits. Therabis Up and Moving supplement is hemp-based CBD, with all of the pain relief benefits and none of the high (hemp is not marijuana – so your dog will not end up with Foghat blaring from his car and smoke pouring out the windows…that’s a nod to you my dear brother, yup, the 70’s…you can’t erase them!). No, Therabis’s CBD is extracted from hemp and is a potent anti-inflammatory, and is in a formula that includes green lipped mussels, vitamin C, Chromium and vitamin E – little Spike has gained a lot of relief from his IVDD and arthritis pain by taking one packet a day of the Therabis Up and Moving supplement. Want to learn more about Therabis click here and make sure to check out their FAQs.

How do I know for sure Therabis is helping? Spike is literally up and moving again! His expanded mobility has allowed us to add a few other things to his routine. While walking is good for a dog with IVDD (and yes, make sure you #GrabTheLeash), it needs to be intersperse with other no/less weight bearing types of exercise. We now take Spike swimming, get him massages and acupuncture, and he has stretching sessions – he’s able to move much better! It really doesn’t take much to get some exercise in for a 5 pound aging dog, but it’s all about the quality versus quantity with IVDD – and every morning and evening, little Spike gets a little walk and Therabis Up and Moving in his food.

Tip: Including anti-inflammatory foods in your dog’s diet will help ease some of the aches and pains! These include salmon and sardines, turmeric, sweet potatoes, ginger, blue berries, green lipped mussels, and celery.

We’re thrilled to see the difference 20 days of Therabis Up and Around has made in Spike’s little life – what started out as a product review, has now turned in to a welcomed addition to Spike’s daily regimen. It’s a big relief to me when we can find plant, food and herb-based treatments for Spike’s IVDD and subsequent inflammation and pain. Long term use of prescribed/synthetic medicines can lead to organ damage, and in some cases failure – so for us, and our pups, we prefer all natural. Go ahead and give Therabis a try, we think you’ll be very pleased – and more importantly, so will your pup!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Therabis™. The opinions and text are all mine


Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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19 Comments

  1. Thanks Mattie, our dog is a senior and suffers from arthritis and stiffness. We will give Therabis a try.

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  2. CBD is amazing! We have been using it for our dog for anxiety and it takes the edge off of some of his fears like thunder and riding in the car. I would highly recommend anyone that has a dog with mobility or fear issues give it a try! Thanks for the info!

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  3. I’m so happy to hear how well the Up and Moving formula is helping Spike. Exercise and movement is so important to keep the body healthy and I’m glad Therabis is helping Spike be more active.

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  4. So glad that Therabis is helping Spike be more active and get the exercise his body needs. So important for a senior!

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  5. That’s awesome that CBD is working so well for Spike! I use CBD oil (a different brand) for my 8 year old who has mild arthritis as well as with my younger dog to take the edge off his anxiety. Spike is just adorable, by the way!

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  6. This is great information! I have two senior dogs as well as senior cats. I will have to search into this product more as it seems to have helped Spike tremendously. Senior pets are no different that people, we need to be educated.

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  7. Wow this is great information I am going to check this out. While my Dachshund is doing well with Cosequin is it good to know about other options in case that changes. Glad your pup is out and about again!

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  8. Elder dogs have so much spunk and love to give! Our’s is a senior too (14 yrs) and given the right love and care, they thrive for many years to come. Thanks so much for this thoughtful article on elder dog wellness.

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  9. I love CBD for my dogs and have learned a lot about the benefits of green-lipped mussels recently. I love that Therabis Up and Moving combines these two and more into an amazing anti-inflammatory supplement. My large breed dogs would certainly benefit.

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  10. I love that Hemp is being used for dogs, it helps them so much, I have noticed the difference in Layla since she gets it in her food, she is more energetic, playful and happier especially as she will be 11 this year. Her allergies have disappeared and in a nutshell one happy healthy lil old lady BOL.

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  11. I’ve read a lot lately about Therabis and have wondered how well it did. My mom’s dog has terrible allergies and he’s getting older. I need to check this out for her.

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  12. With exception of major “events” we never had a problem keeping our old dogs moving. So we didn’t have to get them to start, we just had to maintain other than getting over some temporary hurdles such as knee injuries etc.

    When dealing with arthritis, movement is actually part of the therapy.
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  13. Our adopted silky terrier whom we lost to pancreatisis used to love his walks until his body just didn’t feel up to them. Maybe Therabis Up and Moving would have helped him. Our current dog is a senior now too, but takes joint medication and participates in agility, and so seems to be doing okay. I’m glad Therabis Up and Moving worked for Spike!

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  14. Ruby doesn’t yet have issues with arthritis though she definitely has some stiffness in the cold weather. I have heard great things about Therabis. Wish they made it for cats, too.

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  15. So happy it helped Spike! What a cutie. Happy to meet you guys! 🙂

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  16. I am trying CBD for me in the near future (really bad knees and back). I wish it was legal in Canada for Dogs but not yet. So glad it is working for you.

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  17. I’ve been hearing so much about hemp and other cannabis products and all the wonders they are doing for people and animals! Therabis sounds like a great product, and I’m so glad to hear that it’s helped Spike! It’s always feels good to find a product that makes a noticeable difference for our babies.

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  18. This was great to read, and inspiring as well!

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  19. I use CBD oil for my senior dog as well and I think it has helped her! She has more endurance than my 1 1/2 year old dog! He will get tired and want a break on our walks, but Gracie, the senior, wants to keep going. LOL

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