Posted: 9th June 2021 | Back to news feed

Spinal problems had left miniature dachshund Rolo in a desperate state with his owner Rachel Hickey considering surgery to ease the pain.

Rachel has owned Rolo since he was a pup and now six-years-old the issues with his spine had gradually worsened over time until he was left unable to walk and had to be carried everywhere.

As the pain became more intense Rolo also lost a lot of weight with his spine and hip bones clearly showing.

Said Rachel: “Dachshunds tend to carry weight easily but it just fell off Rolo as he didn’t seem to have the energy or the heart to eat his food.

“We had a lot of consultations and support from the vets who explained about the importance of physiotherapy and massage but at one point following a trip to the Veterinary College in Dublin we did discuss the fact Rolo may have required surgery.

“Thankfully with careful monitoring and consistent care he started to gain more movement and freedom and it was recommended we try feeding him VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula.

“As soon as we changed his diet Rolo started to eat well again, he loved the high chicken content, and over the next few weeks just got better and better with his weight getting back to normal and his strength continuing to improve.

“He absolutely loves the food and everyone who knows him, including the vets, have said how well he looks and have been really impressed.”


Rachel has been so pleased with the results and is also thankful that Rolo didn’t have to go through extensive surgery that she also feeds VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula to her wheaten terrier, Fionn.

Adds Rachel: “It is so funny, Fionn is obviously much bigger than Rolo, but Rolo is definitely the boss and even more so now he is back to full health and fitness.

“When we went to the vets for the last visit they said he is now back to the perfect weight and they couldn’t be more pleased.”

VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula is rich in DHA and EPA (Omega-3 fatty acids), glucosamine and chondroitin at levels only normally found in veterinary grade supplements.  It is ideal to provide nutritional support for dogs with poor mobility or those in hard work.

VetSpec Omega-3 Joint Mobility Formula, with 60% chicken, added vegetables and herbs is also ideal for elderly dogs and those recovering from orthopaedic operations and skeletal injury. 

For further information about VetSpec please call +44 (0) 1845 565 630 or visit

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