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06-22-2014 05:29 AM
rocky_oana Hy! I also have an 11 year old german shepherd who presents the same symptoms. Tonight our vet is coming over to give him a shot to ease his pain. I heard about hyaluronic acid infiltrations for dogs with arthritis. What do you think about it?
06-10-2014 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by mamma6 View Post
Oh, you know that is a good point about his working dog records. We have all of that--I will look through it and see what I can find. So hip dysplasia is something they are born with? Or can a dog be healthy most of their life and just have issues with it in their senior years?

I don't think it's an injury......I should be more clear. While the symptoms have greatly increased over the last few months, he did have symptoms before, even when we first got him. I would say that he VERY gradually got worse over the last year we have had him, sometimes maintaining for long periods of time. Some days worse than others, and really not so bad overall. But we knew there was an issue.

So the issue was there a year ago for sure......but getting way worse over the last few months.

Show me an 11 year old GSD with no joint deterioration and I'll show you a lifetime couch potato. Active dogs get arthritis in old age same as people. Hip dysplasia is joint deterioration at a younger age. At 11 I'm guessing you can assume any HD is minimal and any arthritis is the product of a long working like
06-10-2014 12:37 PM
mamma6 Thanks, you guys. I really appreciate it.
06-09-2014 12:14 PM
Bridget Again, I am so sorry. Clearly, Kroc was deeply loved and you did the best anyone could to care for him and keep him comfortable.
06-07-2014 03:09 PM
K9POPPY So, so very sorry for your loss, we went through the same pain with our boy in February, I'm sure your dog lived a very rich, full life, with you and your family, our sympathies to you all- take care, Bob
06-07-2014 01:10 PM
Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
I am very sorry for your loss.

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Im sorry to hear that... but i really believe he is in a better place now w/o sickness
06-07-2014 01:06 PM
gsdsar I am very sorry for your loss.

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06-07-2014 09:15 AM
mamma6 Hey, guys. Wanted to update this thread. We had to put Krok to sleep a couple of days ago. I probably waited too long the way it was.....but I just kept putting it off, as long as he could still get around at all.

Thursday morning, we couldn't get him to get up.....when he finally managed, he could not use his back legs at all. The most he could do was get to a sideways sitting position. He had been mostly laying around prior to this, but we had always been able to get him out in the mornings. Not that day. The last couple of weeks, we let him just lay on a big comforter.....he leaked some b/c he couldn't go out a lot, but we washed it and just loved on him. The last few days we brought his water to him b/c he couldn't make it all the way to the kitchen very often. But when he couldn't get up at all, I knew there was no choice anymore.

We were giving him aspirin (in case of pain from something besides the DM).....I was looking into the Metacam, but honestly he was going downhill so fast near the end.......I know aspirin isn't the best. But in this case.....our vet agreed that it was ok. Please don't hate on me....we loved Krok and did what we thought was right. We knew he didn't have a lot of time.

This whole time, he never showed any signs of pain, so I am grateful. You could tell he wasn't happy near the end.....confused as to why he couldn't make his body do what he wanted, I think. My son and I were with him at the daughter stayed in the waiting room. The other kids (we have six) didn't want to even they said good-bye at home. He had lots of love until his very last breath.

04-12-2014 10:10 PM
NancyJ I would say if this diagnosis is not going to happen......then ask the vet for an Rx for metacam. It would be better to get it from the vet as they sell a liquid form that can be adjusted very precisely but it can be had cheaply at walmart as a prescription drug. It offers good pain relief IF the dog is in pain and probably is not going to do that much long term damage to an 11 year old...As is, my vet would not give it without a liver function test every 6 months AND it is safer or dogs than aspirin.
04-12-2014 09:53 PM
Originally Posted by mamma6 View Post
My current vet hasn't seen him in "person" yet. We only spoke on the phone and he knows his past history with his working vet. ...
IMHO you should take him to the vet's office for a proper examination and a diagnosis instead of assuming it might be this or that. By doing this you can get the proper treatment plan for him.

FWIW DM can only be diagnosed by exclusion of all other mobility problems or by necropsy.
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