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09-09-2014 07:36 AM
Salino So sorry for only writing back now and thank you very much for all the replies. He is much better now and currently is also off all meds He took to the senior orijen very well and I definitely see an improvement in him. He is a very picky eater but enjoys this food. I am now researching the raw feeding as this is something I really would like to try especially after reading all the positive messages.
I spoke to my vet about all the mentioned meds but for now he is good lets hope it stays that way. He is active and enjoying life. Sometimes I need to keep him a little calm because I know if he runs around the whole day he will be stiff and sore the next. He really is a young dog at heart stuck in an old body I wish he would enjoy swimming as that I am sure would help allot but he prefers to just float around on the pool step where he can still feel something under his feet.
07-13-2014 11:08 AM
ozzymama Due to my schedule the last 4-5 months, I was unable to get my dog out too much, we brought an equine masseuse in weekly, massage and stretching. It seems to have helped.
07-10-2014 10:15 PM
Magwart In my experience, we gave my senior nearly two years of great mobility and diminished pain using Adequan therapy, plus GOOD supplements (Natural Eggshell Membrane, Collage Type II, Ester-C, Fish Oil, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherol)). This combination was so effective that he got off Rimadyl almost entirely and was MORE mobile (and in less pain) than when he was on Rimadyl -- but it took about a month to be able to fade the Rimadyl away.

My experience is here: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ur-senior.html

There's a thread about Natural Eggshell Membrane here:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...arthritis.html

I want to emphasize that Adequan is a "game changer" for many dogs with arthritis. The loading dose is expensive, but it's powerfully good stuff--it heals the arthritis instead of masking pain.

Since acupuncture worked for your dog in the past, I would definitely go back to doing that for the pain too -- it can be awesome for arthritis!
07-10-2014 04:54 PM
ozzymama I have a ShepX who has a degenerative back disease. We've managed 5 years, he is 10 now, although the last year has been more difficult. It's a balancing act, it's diet, supplements, eastern medicine, western medicine, but all in balance and moderation. When a natural path fails, then it's medication time.
I opt to go a more natural path - he gets a pain killer if he's limping, do not kid yourself, I do not inflict my personal opinions on the welfare of my dog to the detriment of that dog.
However, where we live, swimming is limited in a controlled setting, we put an above ground in, he gets his joint supplements, limited exercise, a diet, I have researched and am comfortable giving him along with supplements in the same manner. When he needs it, he gets a pain pill. It's a precarious balance. I live in the land of lakes, but, those lakes often due to high water tables contain too much bacteria - so a pool, controls the water, we're on year 5 of me swimming him in a therapeutic environment, I can, now do it alone.
Fo a long time, therapeutic swimming, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment along with a 60% RAW diet were maintaining things, now, we're a bit further from those luxuries, so what someone else did, I have to learn to do or work around, visits to a chiro or acupuncturist, due to distance are less. However, a larger property means more injury or irritation. It's a balancing act, invest yourself in every aspect of care and prevention and behaviour modification. Use medication when necessary, but it's really about improving a quality of life and getting it to a manageable plateau.
07-10-2014 02:51 PM
WVGSD I use Duralactin, a joint supplement and natural anti-inflammatory, to keep my old dogs and any that have had joint surgeries comfortable. I use this long-term to prevent the inflammation and to prevent pain or minimize the pain. It is available in forms for horses and dogs.

For years, I have used Tramadol when my dogs have had surgeries. It just became a controlled substance here and I will be asking my vet for other options.
07-09-2014 09:44 AM
Bridget You have my sympathy; it is so difficult and ten isn't really old for a small dog. My Heidi is on Rimadyl, but you say you have already used that, so I don't have any other suggestions. Diazepam is the generic name for Valium, so it should keep him calmed down a bit, but may contributes to the drunken walk.
07-08-2014 01:47 PM
Msmaria I know how you feel. No matter how llng you have them or how old they are, its just never enough time. Have you tried glucosamine? Adequan shots have really helped my senior recover some mobilty with out taking pain meds.
07-08-2014 12:53 PM
brightspot I used accupucture for my old cat that really worked with lessening the pain of mobility. Laser treatment also worked for my GSD mix towards the end.
07-08-2014 12:26 PM
shepherdmom When rimadyl stopped working on my senior she gave him metacam. It seemed to make a world of difference.


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