|09-30-2013 05:50 PM|
you are a good gsd mother Zelda is lucky to have you..I think I've told you that before, and I mean it!! She doesn't care that you don't have alot of money, she just cares about you
With that, it could be pano, since you work for the vet, it wouldn't hurt to ask them what they would charge you to xray her hips & spine, they should be able to get it all in one view..My vet charges me around 45$ for one xray..so it may be cheaper than you think and won't break the bank..I would go with that before going the holistic route, since you'll get a definitive idea of exactly what, if anything is going on..
|09-30-2013 05:09 PM|
Another good supplement is Duralactin Canine. It is a supplement that has an anti-inflammatory action. It is not a medication and can be given with medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories when the time comes. I give this to all of my seniors, all of my larger breed rescues or fosters and any dog that has a joint/pain issue. It also comes in an equine variety (Duralactin Equine Joint Plus) and I personally use this form because of the economy of size. My senior rescued GSD (70 pounds) gets one teaspoon daily. The 3.75 llb horse bucket size will last him eight months alone. When made for humans, it is sold in vitamin shops as microlactin - which is the chemical name.
My best friend tried it with her arthritic senior mule with ringbone one year ago. Both she and her vet were amazed that he was so much more mobile and comfortable this year.
|09-30-2013 01:53 PM|
Sorry that you are going through this. My 8 month old has HD ( x ray confirmed) Adequan and laser has been helping alot. But it's pricey. Maybe when adequan is back on the shelves you can get it cheaper online and give it to her yourself. Also try a warm heating pad. I use the one you pop in the microwave but I make sure it has no hot spots. . It helps my Dex alot and its cheap. My vet gave me tramadol, but I've only used it about 1 time a month.
As everyone's mentioned on here, the ortho vet said keep the dog very thin. Dex is 27 " and 79 pounds. He said its the best thing we could do, even over glucosamine. Also do several small walks. It was hard for me since I work full time but I'm working with a dog walker to take him once a day and I take him 2 times a day. It really seems to help.
Top cheap things that work:
Keep dog thin
Soft comfy bed
Use heating pad and massage area. ( there a tutorial on you tube for dogs with HD and how to massage and do stretches to increase blood circulation to the muscles)
Several small walks a day, instead of two long ones.
|09-30-2013 08:23 AM|
Does the spine cost extra money to do x-ray? Because that also is important to me, because she has a bit of an arch back, not sure if its her growing stage, but its something that worries me.
|09-30-2013 07:28 AM|
Please get x-rays done.
It could very well be Pano. Even if it's not, you need to know what you are dealing with. Are you one of the people on the board that works in a vet office?
Before the x-rays make sure they give a good listen to her heart.
|09-30-2013 01:18 AM|
PLease check out my posts on Emma. Get with a good vet and get the x-rays to confirm. There are inexpensive medications, including over the counter glucosamine/condroiten that can help. Pain med can be gotten through the internet, with your vets help for penny's a day. Emma is on Novox, a generic that works for her. There are others. Question how is your dogs weight. Keeping her on the lean side can help.
Please PM me if you need to know what I am going through with Emma.
|09-29-2013 07:33 PM|
|Sunflowers||Given her age, is there a possibility that it could be Pano?|
|09-29-2013 06:33 PM|
Her HD just breaks my heart..
It breaks my heart that Zelda, about 10 months, cant go on a 1.5 hour hike through the woods (at a slow pace!).. Or run around for 5-10 minutes before having to lay down because her hips hurt so bad, especially her left hip..
Her HD is still not x-rayed and diagnosed, but her left hip is defiantly worse than the other.
I gave her carprophen.. I just wish i could afford whatever she needed, whether totally hip replacement or whatever, to make it so she can run and go on little hikes with me and just be a dog..
I thought, well she cant run, but i can do fun things like hikes, or walks on a dirt road, or through town with different smells, etc. But she can only handle under 1 hour at a slow pace at a time i guess.
It is just not fair to her and it breaks my heart! There is nothing quite like not being able to help my girl have a better quality of life, when there are things out there that would help her..