Ok. Thanks for the better pic. So it looks like L2-4 have increased spiny processes, more so than the rest.
I would, if she were mine, keep her on the Gabapentin, and add in Dasuquin(or another Glucosamine supplement), omega 3 and 6 fatty acids(they help with inflammation).
I would also start doing some core building exercises. Just like with people a strong core supports the back. The 2 easiest ways are using a Bosu ball and getting her to perch first with her front feet and then with her back feet, get her to balance herself. Then teach her to have all 4 feet on the ball and balance.
The other exersise you can do is have her in the bed or the couch, standing square, and gently push her side to side between your hands, that are on either side of her chest. This will get her to engage her core.
Walk, up hills are good for building her leg muscles that support her hips, you can also do "sit to stands". Have her sit and then stand, but get her back end engaged so she just raises up, does not step forward.
Laser therapy, acupuncture and underwater treadmill will also help to decrease inflammation and build muscle.
I would keep Rimadyl on hand. If you know she is going to have a very busy day, give her a dose beforehand. Should help prevent pain before it starts!
Good Luck!! I am very happy that you have her home!!! You both deserve a good rest after serving. Thank you both!!!
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