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Old 05-15-2014, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any experience with joint mice and arthritis in the shoulder?

Jax has been limping for a few days and had xrays done today. It showed arthritis and what appeared to be a joint mouse. Xrays are being sent to an ortho for review.
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Sorry for Jax. What is a joint mouse?
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's a piece of something. I didn't really understand it all. I think a piece of cartilage but from what I'm reading this happens in young dogs. She definitely has arthritis in that shoulder, at only 6 1/2. She just can't catch a break. HD, ACL and now this.
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I am not much help at all, but I just wanted to offer my support and hope you find some encouraging answers soon.

A joint mouse is a floating piece of cartilage in the joint.

I have been looking into this product called Lubrisyn. We use it for the horses at our barn, but I noticed there was dosing for dogs as well! It is expensive, but perhaps you could see if that could help with managing your boy's pain.

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Hi again,

Here is the link to the product mentioned above:

Your Pets LubriSyn

One of our semi-retired dressage horses was quite stiff despite supplements and injections. But after being on a daily dosing on Lubrisyn, she showed improvement and maintenance.

I hope this is something that could work as an option for you.
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JAX, i am guessing as i have never heard of joint mice. but if there are tears in the cartilage, they can fold over and cause pain. picture the corner of a blanket and just fold over ann inch or so. in people the ortho doc goes in and sews the tears so they no longer fold over. if the "mice are pieces of calcium, bone chips, or cartilage, they could be removed and hopefully the cartilage repaired. good luck.
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My pain management vet recommended hyalun (Hyalun - Oral Hyaluronic Acid) for my GSD mix for his elbows. HA is sold under different brands and strengths.
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JAX, i am guessing as i have never heard of joint mice. but if there are tears in the cartilage, they can fold over and cause pain. picture the corner of a blanket and just fold over ann inch or so. in people the ortho doc goes in and sews the tears so they no longer fold over. if the "mice are pieces of calcium, bone chips, or cartilage, they could be removed and hopefully the cartilage repaired. good luck.
The ortho will need to clean it out definitely. Supplements are not the cure to this. I'm waiting to hear back to see if the ortho thinks this is really what it is. But it's more than just a tear. It's called OCD which is pitted bone? I think. My understanding is this will be a chronic condition but I don't understand it so could be wrong.
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