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01-10-2013 05:34 PM
JakodaCD OA so sorry To young of a dog to have spondylosis..I to had a gsd with this, but like Nancy's he was older when he developed it. Kodi was around 7.5. This was years ago, but I got into Dr Belfields stuff , lots of supplements that are readily available.

At the time, my vet gave Kodi a poor prognosis, he did live another 2 years and actually did very well with all the supplements he was on (and it was so long ago, I honestly can't remember 'what' most of them were!)

I would check out the links Nancy provided,,good luck to you both.
01-10-2013 04:55 PM
jocoyn You can definitely see that it is...spondylosis.....some links. A holistic vet may have more to offer. I have had two dogs develop significant spondylosis but they were older - Grim at 8.5 and Linus at 12

The hips look pretty good to me though.

I hope you get some good suggestions for such a young dog.

SPONDYLOSIS DEFORMANS
http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/sa..._61/61mast.htm
Hometown Veterinary Care - Spondylosis
Hip Dysplasia & Spondylosis
01-10-2013 04:40 PM
koda girl
Here are the X-Rays

Got Koda's X-Rays today from the vet. If anyone has any opinions on them I would love to hear them. The ones called Abdomen Lateral, L Spine Lateral and Pelvis Lateral are the ones where she pointed out the arthritis. It is from half way down her back then down to her tail.
Thanks,
01-07-2013 11:58 PM
jocoyn Calmness is required for back injuries.

As much as I hated to do it, I put Grim in a darkened room in his crate which is where he spent most of hist time, alone, and sleeping....he was just too excited otherwise...we were able to go in and quietly hang out with him.

You could probably post the x-rays to see if anyone here has some comments. No we are not veterinarians but some of us do have personal experience with spinal arthritis to tell you what we observe.
01-07-2013 11:48 PM
koda girl Thanks so much for all your opinions. I live in a small city and we don't have ortho vets. But I do plan to get the x-rays and ask another vets opinion, just to make sure it is arthritis we are dealing with. This happened last Thursday night, she was in pain for about 3 days, able to walk but you could see that it was hurting her, now she is fine and wants to run, run, run. Of course we are not letting her, the vet said no excercise for 2 weeks then light walks for 4 more weeks. I don't think we are going to be able to keep her down that long, she is going crazy now and misses the dog park so much. Again thanks a million for all your advice. I have to look up so many different things now that you all mentioned.
01-05-2013 12:27 PM
arycrest
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Off to the vet. We were very surprised to hear she has arthritis going down her spine and she said it was quite bad. She said in the woods something must have happened and a little piece of arthritic bone chipped off. She showed us the x-ray against a normal spine x-ray, so I do believe her. Just kind of funny when she never had a symptom before this. So now she is on Tramadol for pain, Metacam for inflamation, and we are going for an injection of Cartrophen for 4 weeks in a row. She also told me to get Glucosamine to give her. Does this sound like a good way to treat this to anyone out there that might have experience with arthritis. Any guesses why such a young dog would get this? She comes from a very good breeder. The vet said her hips and elbows are great. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
So sorry to hear this!!! My Tex was a medical nightmare. In addition to numerous other health problems the boy had sever juvenile arthritis (he was around 1 or 2 when he started exhibiting the first symptoms). Unfortunately back then there weren't the treatment options that are available today, but I was still able to keep him happy and active until shortly before his 13th birthday. But I have had seniors with arthritis who were kept comfortable with similar medications that your girl is taking.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR GIRL!!!
01-05-2013 10:53 AM
msvette2u
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The bloody nose the sudden onset all may point us to something else (such as running into a tree or, as has been suggested, an FCE) but we are not veterinarians and we have not seen the x-rays. If the dog does have spinal arthritis, it may well be that a sudden impact caused one of the over growths to break which can cause great pain.

What you may want most is a consult with an orthopedic vet specialist.
Definitely.

In our case, our dog had spinal stenosis, a sort of arthritis, and he just spontaneously got the embolism (FCE).
But if she's got mild changes, it could be the impact with the tree (if that's what occurred) caused it to happen.

I don't know, when the OP says "could barely walk" if was due to pain or she physically couldn't move.

Our dog's back legs weren't working, one was worse than the other but neither were working like they should
01-05-2013 09:25 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN
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The bloody nose the sudden onset all may point us to something else (such as running into a tree or, as has been suggested, an FCE) but we are not veterinarians and we have not seen the x-rays. If the dog does have spinal arthritis, it may well be that a sudden impact caused one of the over growths to break which can cause great pain.

What you may want most is a consult with an orthopedic vet specialist.
Agree with that!
01-05-2013 04:33 AM
jocoyn The bloody nose the sudden onset all may point us to something else (such as running into a tree or, as has been suggested, an FCE) but we are not veterinarians and we have not seen the x-rays. If the dog does have spinal arthritis, it may well be that a sudden impact caused one of the over growths to break which can cause great pain.

What you may want most is a consult with an orthopedic vet specialist.
01-05-2013 01:00 AM
msvette2u A lot of the pain after a spinal injury is muscle spasms which will cause a dog to be very stiff, painful and not want to walk.

I'd ask your vet about methocarbamol + Neurontin for the muscle spasms and pain.
That med combo has helped a number of our own dogs and foster dogs here (Dachshunds, famous for spinal issues).
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