Anything I can do with her indoors to build up muscle, especially her back legs, to help support hips joints?
I am sure to help build more muscle also she should be eating more..
Vet said, "she runs quite on the thin side, and that its problematic for her hips, and her psyche. Dogs that have adequate condition (adequate Yin, or adequate 'meat on their bones') have more confidence. And even the worst hips do better when they have some muscle mass (some condition) around them. I've seen dogs with dreadful hips do well when its more challenging to feel the greater trochanter of the hip (the bony projection on the side of the body, indicating where the hip is)."
She needs to eat more. BUT we keep have challenges and things that stop us from proceeding to suggestions given. Everything i've tried so far A. she wont eat it, she picks at it and than doesn't eat it, or she may have an allergic reaction to it. B. vet says to try something else for now.
My vet said he believes she is a "true allergy" dog. And after all the anal gland, hot spots, chewing fur problems off and on, severity changing over the time period i've had her.. I decided it was time to do it. And so we did do the test, and am waiting for results.
He believes she mainly is showing liver blood deficiency, indicative of heat. And also some dampness. But that is a challenging case because this isn't always true. and sometimes its not.. But lots of signs of it.
For now he wants her off everything but
the Acana fish dry food i am giving her, since i tried samples of bags of different foods and that is one she favored and had good % and ingredients for her deficiency. Otherwise i would be giving her some fat balls or some other supplement to get more calories on her! Unfortunately, and i also let him know, that i have to feed some type of wet for her supplements for AM and PM. So i do a small amount with some warm water and put her supplements in it. And i'm slowly transitioning from her Zignature turkey dry to Acana fish dry. And she still picks at it..
I dont know what to do with her!
I can only spend so much money on food before i go broke! I already try and set aside $150-200 a month for food AND supplements. Any more than that and thats a paycheck for a week. I am already on a very strict budget.
She did not want to eat the honest kitchen..
I do know she isn't a huge fan of eating her food in the morning, or when she has her cone on. She picks at it through the night. I could go days without feeding her she probably wouldn't eat it still. And she needs to where her cone at night. Because her allergies are so bad she chewed half of her tail off, left scabs all over her tail, she chewing on her back legs especially right above her hocks which she made red and her knees, also her front legs where their are patches of chewed fur and she has yeast JUST in the back paw pads again very red with black gunk..
So i am using pads i got from the vet to use on her everyday until its gone and she where a cone almost 24/7 for now.
She does not do well on prednisone.. So i try to stay away from that, i know that a lot of conventional veterinarians will put dogs on long term predinisone and its what they push for me. My holistic vet will use it for short periods but tries to get the core of the problem basically. She becomes lethargic-isn't her normal self and pees in the house sometimes (when normally this girl can go longer than i can!) when she is on prednisone.
I am hoping that this allergy test will give me a better idea of what i can feed. And go by what foods will be good for her that would be good for her liver blood deficiency..
I know that i have posted alot about her her allergies and hips. But i have gone through those things. And or they are not allowed to continue.
So this post is mainly asking for any other ideas? Maybe i just needed to rant?..
But i am hoping someone at least has a good idea for me on how to build up muscle in the house on Zelda, especially her back legs? Yoga for dogs?
My goals.. Having a lean muscular Zelda with no more symptoms of allergic reactions.