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06-05-2014 12:00 PM
kiya Apache is now 11-1/2 and he's been getting Adaquin for about 6 months. I give it to him every 3 weeks seems 4 weeks he gets all jammed up again.
He had been on Carpropen generic of Rymadel for a couple of years as well as glucosamine, Dasaqin. Just recently I read about giving dogs turmeric and since I take it myself I took him off the carprofen (can't mix with NSAIDs). You could also add sweet potatoes to his diet they have anti Inflamatory agents.
06-05-2014 07:28 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN Some additional thoughts - my GSD had a back episode almost 5 years ago that resulted in getting a fast spinal xray that day. At that time it showed she was starting spondylosis - w/the fusing/bridging whatever. Her back is like 8 feet long! Anyway, she went to a rehab vet to do underwater treadmill and laser treatments and that did a ton for her. We are not able to get there easily so we don't do that now but if there were a place closer, we definitely would do something there.

She doesn't get any NSAIDs - maybe someday but not now. I would make sure to do the blood work on him to check how the NSAIDs are doing.

I use a Ruffwear webmaster harness to help her into/out of the car. There are only stairs to the deck and maybe someday the harness will be used for that.

She is on supplements from Springtime, Inc. They have good deals for large quantities. Right now she won't eat the Longevity so she's getting 4 joint tabs and 2 fresh factors a day split between meals. I rotate their fish oil around to different types and brands; right now they are on the Springtime gels.

I also have Tramadol for pain on hand - she tolerates small doses well. I try to walk her - her own pace, as much as she tolerates, because having a bad back now myself I know how much better it feels when I walk on soft/firm surfaces that are fairly even and not steep inclines. She hates to exercise so that makes it more of a challenge - her own pace is I will lay here and watch you.

The other thing is weight - Bella is lean and has never struggled with her weight on the high side (keeping it on is her thing). But if your dog is not lean - rib feeling lean - that will impact greatly. And that's another really good reason to go to a rehab vet because they have safe ways for older, less flexible dogs to lose weight safely - like the underwater treadmill, and exercises to strengthen the core.

Glad he's doing so well - that is great!
06-04-2014 07:01 PM
JakodaCD OA just seeing this, glad he is doing well. I had a gsd years ago that suffered from spondylosis, fusing of the vertabraes in the spine..At that time, I went with a DR Belfield's protocal, (you can google his name)..bought him a couple of good years..

Since yours is doing great, something else I would add to your regime is laser therapy.
06-04-2014 06:33 PM
nomansland4404 Just a quick update. Reeko is doing GREAT! The pills and shots have worked wonders. He doesn't seem to be in any pain at all now. So far so good folks!
04-30-2014 01:37 PM
kbella999 My dog was just recently diagnosed with HD and arthritis in lower spine. She is on pain meds and Deramaxx. The Deramaxx seems to help the most but she is already having tummy trouble with it. I was thinking of switching to Meloxicam(Metacam) instead. I've heard you can give the Adequan injections yourself but I've never done it. I second Blackshep on the swimming. Might invest in a doggie life jacket to help. Good luck, it is so hard to watch our dogs go through these things.
04-30-2014 12:51 PM
blackshep Swimming might be a good activity to keep your dog fit without any jarring movements.

Good luck with your dog, hope you find a way to manage his condition!
04-30-2014 12:32 PM
shepherdmom
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Recently my dog was having some pain in his back. Second vet trip he decided to do some X-rays and it showed some arthritis/vertebrae fused together. Those have been submitted to the radiologist and I will know more when they hear back. For now he put Reeko on Rimadyl (1 pill every 12 hours) and also have to give him Adequan injections once every 3 days for a week...then every 4 days twice...then once a week for 2 weeks. I am to bring Reeko back in 30 days to see how he is doing. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with dealing with this. The medicine is a little expensive but won't be to bad once he is on the shot only twice a month (if he isn't off of it all together). So I am really just looking to see if anyone has dealt with this and if you have any suggestions. Thanks in advance!

We went from Rimadyl to Metacam which seemed to work a little better. It bought us another couple of years with him.
04-30-2014 12:22 PM
carmspack I think there is hesitation to respond to this or at least to be the first which sets the tone . Unfortunately there are some spinal problems in the breed. In the meantime until you get the official diagnosis follow the vet's prescribed treatment and make your dog as comfortable as you can . If you have been playing games where there are abrupt stops and goes, or quick changes of direction , I would quit that and opt for walks on soft ground , such as grassed areas rather than sidewalk , at a pace selected by the dog.
You want to keep muscle and ligament .

Once you know what you are dealing with then you can augment treatment with laser, or natural anti inflammatories which will not interfere with prescribed treatments.
04-30-2014 10:59 AM
nomansland4404
Need some insight on Shepherd spinal arthritis

Recently my dog was having some pain in his back. Second vet trip he decided to do some X-rays and it showed some arthritis/vertebrae fused together. Those have been submitted to the radiologist and I will know more when they hear back. For now he put Reeko on Rimadyl (1 pill every 12 hours) and also have to give him Adequan injections once every 3 days for a week...then every 4 days twice...then once a week for 2 weeks. I am to bring Reeko back in 30 days to see how he is doing. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with dealing with this. The medicine is a little expensive but won't be to bad once he is on the shot only twice a month (if he isn't off of it all together). So I am really just looking to see if anyone has dealt with this and if you have any suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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