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Old 04-17-2014, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heidi went to the vet yesterday. Like another poster, I was wondering if she was suffering from DM, in addition to her HD. Vet said he doesn't think so, thinks the problem with her back legs and hind end is just more severe HD. He didn't really say anything I wasn't expecting. I can take her off the glucosamine; it's done it's job, kept her feeling pretty good for 7 years, he doesn't think it can do anymore. I realized this morning that he didn't mention her heart, but I know he checked it, so not sure if that is significant or not. I know some disapprove of aspirin for dogs, but it has worked for us for 7 years, and he pretty much told me not to hesitate to give it to her whenever I think she needs it, as long as it isn't more than 2 per day. I guess it is what he DIDN'T say that alarms me. I just had the feeling that he doesn't think she has long.

I told him that the other day was the first time she didn't want to get out of the car to take a walk and I didn't make her. He said that she needs to go for a walk every day to lubricate her joints and I should try to get her to, even if she doesn't want to.

To my relief, my vet is now only giving the distemper shot every 3 years, so Heidi didn't get one of those but....they are giving the lepto vaccine separately now and he did recommend that. So maybe I am reading too much into it.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried laser therapy on her?
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No, can you tell me a little about laser therapy? What is it, where do you get it, how expensive it is?
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How old is this dog?

Is there a reason you continue to vaccinate if she has received several already?
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Heidi is 12. We like our vet and usually follow his instructions. However, I was prepared to question the distemper vaccination if he recommended it; luckily he did not. I guess I don't really have a problem with the lepto vacc, as lepto is pretty prevalent around here.
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I would ask the vet which strains the Lepto covers and which strains he has found come into the clinic most often?

Vaccinating in general is hard on the body, but joints too. For a dog this age, IMO, I would not be vaccinating, but checking titers.

Something to talk to your vet about maybe.
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Veterinary Use of Laser Therapy Expands
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Thank you for this information. I am calling my vet today to see if this is an option for Heidi. I am really not ready for end-of-life stage and I don't think she is either. Hope I am not just in denial.
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I have a call in to my vet about laser therapy. I have rethought this and I am not sure this would work for Heidi because of her temperament. Heidi is very nervous at the vets and will snap if they hurt her, causing me to have to hold her mouth shut during examination. However, somehow, they did get her anesthized to do xrays. After researching, I think this would be way too touchy-feely for her, causing her to stress out and possibly be dangerous for the person trying to do it. Does anyone have experience with laser therapy with a dog like Heidi?

So...anyone have experience with hydrotherapy?
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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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