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12-09-2013 03:20 PM
ElizabethM Well I am taking Max to the veternary hospital today for 5:30 pm, he may be put down, euthanized.. Veterinary treatment's are too expensive..

I like Max, he was my neighbour's before I got him- She is taking us up to the veternary hospital in her car, I don't have one presently.

Gail the lady neighbour told me she would help me pay for the veternary appointment- now she is telling me a different story that she can not afford to help me cover cost's- so I will pay for the examination myself tonight."

Alas, I will do what is best for Max..

12-09-2013 02:58 AM
wolfstraum simple neurological tests of response to stimuli - bending the feet to see if the dog knows where they are - it should not be too hard to see if the dog has neurological deficits

12-08-2013 09:24 PM
KZoppa I agree with Lee. It sounds a lot like DM but definitely check everything.
12-08-2013 09:23 PM
ElizabethM what would be the simple diagnostic test's instead of x ray's?

Thank you-
12-08-2013 09:20 PM
ElizabethM from the list on the forum I cannot find the chicken bone broth recipe? Thank you
12-08-2013 08:16 PM
wolfstraum I definitely agree that only a vet who examines an animal can actually diagnose a disease - but people with experience and knowledge can certainly give you some background and direction as to likelihoods!!! Many many people automatically assume hip dysplasia for any dog of any age who has any kind of rear end/walking issues I A puppy owner, who is an OB-GYN, called me about a 7 year old dog thinking it had HD (never having bothered doing OFAs!) - after a few minutes discussion, I told her I suspected a torn ACL - and told her to have it checked....sure enough, that is what it was! The vet did x-rays just because the owner wanted to be sure and the hips looked great...

So I would suggest that you read up on both HD and DM and ask the vet to do some of the more simple tests before going into the expense of alot of x-rays....some neurological diagnostics are very simple and do not need to have blood work or x-rays to get a good idea of what is going on....

12-08-2013 06:22 PM
Magwart You'll likely start with an orthopedic exam and x-rays. In my area, those can cost as little as $50 (on top of the office visit fee), or as much as a few hundred, depending on the number of views needed, and whether sedation is needed. This needs to be managed though--letting the dog suffer in pain is not an option.

Arthritis often sets in with senior dogs who've managed all their lives with imperfect-but-not terrible hips. Even on a limited budget, that's treatable--generic veterinary pain meds are very reasonably priced (e.g., 60 tablets of carprofen costs $30 or so through (with your vet's RX), and that's enough for 1 to 2 months; tramadol and gabapentin are generics available at any human pharmacy for around $10 for a month's supply (again, by RX only)).

Talk to your vet about affordable pain management -- there are effective options that can fit into even very tight budgets.

If you are able to do more for the dog, laser therapy, acupuncture, and Adequan therapy are all beneficial. The Adequan injections have nearly miraculous effects for many seniors with arthritis (cost varies, but it's a month of 2 injections a week, then stepping down to every other week or once a month). There are lots of threads here about supplements that work, too.

The knuckling under, though, is worrisome. I really hope it's not DM.

I have a senior now, too. It's so hard to see them decline.

Best wishes!

ETA: do a search for the chicken bone broth recipes here posted by both Gatorbytes and Carmspack. That's something you can make at home, using your leftover carcasses when you pull off the chicken meat for dinner, and it's supposed to be very healing for joint pain.
12-08-2013 05:04 PM
ElizabethM Thank you very much I will be going to the vet appointment tomorrow night-Monday with Max, my neighbour that had him prior to me, will drive us there.

She'll help me with the veternary cost's.. I am feeling very anxious over the cost of the examination and any test's, x- ray's..

Anyway, I will do what need's to be done, with Max..

Thank you again for your support and encouragement!
12-08-2013 12:39 PM
huntergreen only a vet can make a deffinative diagnosis. let us know how you make out.
12-08-2013 12:06 PM
wolfstraum AT 12 years old - these problems are probably NOT caused by hip dysplasia....was he x-rayed and certified for hips at 1 or 2?

What you are probably dealing with is Degenerative Neural is a very common problem in older GSDs and is basically a breakdown of the nerves controlling the motor functions of the rear is progressive, and many people do use carts and harnesses to help the dog function....there are online groups you can join to get more info on diet and supplements to help the dog be more comfortable...

It is up to you as to when you feel the dog is not happy with life, and when to do the best thing for him, rather than to cling to him when his quality of life is so diminished that he is miserable....I have seen happy dogs in carts and harnesses who are not ready to leave...eventually they become totally incontinent and many people use that issue as a red flag that the dog's quality of life is not good anymore.

Sorry - I went through this with a much loved female many years ago and it is a very very hard decision to make...

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