Vet said that Charlie was 3 lbs overweight and that along with arthritis caused his limp in 2013. We were encouraged to keep him and try a weight management food with less calories since we were following proportion guidelines and an eating schedule for a Bichion. He was eating food that helped with itching due to allergies. Medication is an absolute last resort for us. He did not like any of the four weight management foods we tried until we found Vita Gravy Skin and Coat. It was a bit thick but 1/4 cup of warm water added did the trick the combination of 1/4 Kibble, 1 tablespoon of Vita gravy and 1/4 warm water had Charlie licking his chops and wagging his tail. When we went back to the Smart commercial pert store they were out and we were told that they would no longer carry Vita Gravy with no explanation. So we tried the competing pet store, where the pets go, and they had it in stock with options. The hip and joint formula caught my eye and we tried it and he loved it. We returned and purchased two more pouches. In two weeks Charlie no longer limped at all. We actually saw results in a few days- occasional limping after laying down. But he no longer stated at the steps. He started taking them one at a time but he is now back to bounding up the stairs as he did when we adopted him at 5 (he is now 8). The following month were returned to an empty shelf where it is kept. When we inquired about new shipments, and were assured that It was not listed to be discontinued from this pet store. However, it took another month to get more. So when we get it we typically clear the shelf of the Hip and Joint formula. The 2014 vet visit in March (a year and a month after the previous year's check up and diagnosis of arthritis) Charlie was down 2 lbs but much leaner and the vet double checked the chart because he saw no signs of what he had documented last year. We told him about Vita Gravy, he had heard of it, scratched his head and told us to keep doing what works! Our trouble is finding it. Quality of Ingredients My dog loves the stuff. If we don't put it on his food he sits at the bowl. He waited half the day to eat in an instance where we had to wait for another more to come to the pet store. Charlie's vet was astonished at his agility after we started using Vita Gravy and even more so that he shed a few lbs. Only complaint about ingredients is that we had two pouches where the gravy was very thick and grainy. We adjusted by using less and adding a bit more water and he seemed fine. Side Effects The Hip & Joint Formula helped to eliminate symptoms caused by arthritis. I am amazed at the amazement of Charlie's vet from using Vita Gravy. It is an excellent topping for weight management food.