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04-23-2014 09:07 AM
Bridget Thanks for all the great ideas. I will be checking with my vet about the Adequan. Sounds like this is the best way for us to go.
04-19-2014 10:56 AM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO I agree about Adequan! I also second the swimming and acupuncture.
04-19-2014 10:33 AM
readaboutdogs Yes the adequan works great! Clipper was 12 when I read about it here on the board. I wished I'd learned about it sooner. It helped strengthen his back and legs. I believe it added to his comfort greatly. After the first appointment to see if they would start him on the shots all the appointments were just for a shot so they just had me run him over before they closed. Since your dog gets nervious at the vets they may even just give it in you car or outside you car. I know just for shots they've came outside to the bench area at our vets. The shots for Clipper were 45.75 per shot, I read on here there is a generic brand. Clipper weighed 93 pounds and the cost is on much they have to give. They only did 6 loading doses then once a month. I do think he would have done better with maybe once every 3 weeks or every other week later as the week before his shot you could tell he really needed it. But it did help him out a lot.
04-19-2014 08:47 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN Second the Adequan - if it works, it's great. I buy mine online so it's cheaper (Foster/Smith had a good price), and pay them to do the injection (some vet offices do it for free, some people do them - I don't want to do an IM injection myself). 8 doses (so like 2 bottles) to load.

After my dog had a small spinal issue -which I think are the reason our dogs have the problems they do more than their hips (by the way - my one vet feels that the structure of the GSD causes spinal compression) she went for the underwater treadmill and laser. She loved the laser - she would switch sides, move her body so they could hit spots - she was totally relaxed and she's an anxious girl. Treadmill was too much like exercise for her.

Good luck with your girl - if you didn't blood work helps to keep an eye on kidneys and other stuff.
04-18-2014 10:36 PM
Magwart Please look at some of the past threads here on Adequan injections.

It gave my senior about 2 years of high quality of life at the end of his time with me. He went from plodding slowly behind me on walks to jogging with a jaunty little step at the age of 10. It helped him tremendously until he passed of cancer at 12.

Instead of masking the pain, the injections help the joints generate cartilage to cushion them -- heal. It's an ordeal to get it started -- 2 shots a week for a month, then 1 shot for a couple of weeks, then every other shot for life. You'll know in week 3 if it's working -- I saw a DRAMATIC improvement in mobility.

I also highly recommend acupuncture. I wish I'd started it earlier for him. In his first session, the acupuncture vet showed me at the start how if he pressed lightly on my senior dog's rear, he'd give in and start to sit. At the end of 20 minute session with the needles, the dog could stand strong against that same downward pressure on his rear. The difference was absolutely amazing and unmistakable. Again, it's one of those things you know is working -- and you'll know after the first session.

Also, the dog totally relaxed with the needles. They pinch going in, and then while their in, the dog just chilled and relaxed. The whole experience was very calm. This was a wonderful dog who would let the vet do anything to him though -- heart of gold, and the gentlest soul I've ever known. I haven't tried it with an anxious dog.
04-18-2014 02:00 PM
Bridget Any idea how much they charge?
04-18-2014 12:30 PM
llombardo
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I suppose she could be muzzled or sedated for laser treatments, but I am thinking that this stress on her would make it counter productive.

She loves to swim and I hope to take her as soon as the weather warms up. I am worried about her losing function while in the water, though? Is that a possibility? Maybe she could swim no further out than I can wade?
You might be able to find a place that offers swimming. I have one by me. The water is 92 degrees and they put on wet suits and swim the dogs
04-18-2014 12:20 PM
kbella999 You could get a life jacket for her. Rusti has one and loves to wear it. I think they cost about $30.

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She loves to swim and I hope to take her as soon as the weather warms up. I am worried about her losing function while in the water, though? Is that a possibility? Maybe she could swim no further out than I can wade?
04-18-2014 11:50 AM
Bridget I suppose she could be muzzled or sedated for laser treatments, but I am thinking that this stress on her would make it counter productive.

She loves to swim and I hope to take her as soon as the weather warms up. I am worried about her losing function while in the water, though? Is that a possibility? Maybe she could swim no further out than I can wade?
04-18-2014 11:43 AM
llombardo Swimming can help along with the laser therapy. My dog has arthritis from an injury 10 years ago. The vet told me glucosamine can be hit or miss for this of other joint/ muscle pain. She recommended fish oil.
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