call2arms wrote:How old is she?
I've seen cartrophen injections work wonderfully on a lot of dogs, but I don't know just how appropriate it would be for her (seems to me like it would be, depending on if you want to go with the big guns or stick to oral supplements, which in this case Cosequin seems to work quite well).
Malli wrote:Ask any questions you like
He is currently taking Fish Oil supplements and Cosequin DS, initially I had him on some pain meds, but once I got the hang of his exercise limits and the Glucosamine kicked in more, well I haven't given him any in quite some time.
I'm kind of "saving" the cartrophen, its expensive, and when the Cosequin doesn't work I want a fall back.
katiek0417 wrote:I LOVE Liquid Health 5000....Cy doesn't have HD, but does have arthritis in his hips...and using the LH5000 completely alleviated all the symptoms...
Also, if you can get her to do it (and have anywhere you can do it), swimming is an EXCELLENT alternative for exercise for any dog with arthritis.
Marinepits wrote:Sarah -- check out this thread: http://www.pitbulltalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=29588
Hundilein wrote:They took x-rays of her hips, front legs, and spine. I talked to one vet today, who went over everything with me, but also suggested that I make an appointment to talk to another vet in the practice who is better at explaining x-rays. I will call to do that tomorrow. For now, it looks like Renee has some hip displasia, as well as arthritis in her front left "wrist" joint, and possibly spondylosis.
maberi wrote:And if it were MY dog, I would wait until I spoke to a specialist before preparing a plan of attack. I've seen some horrible assumptions made based on x-rays in the past. I'm certainly not saying the vet that viewed the x-rays has made any assumptions or misdiagnosed anything. I've just found that in my own past experience that the specialists in certain areas are able to provide much more insight to specific disorders.
Marinepits wrote:I'm not sure if you guys have to deal with ticks/tick-borne diseases like we do here in Tick Central, but you might want to get her checked for Lyme and/or ehrlichia. In both Mac's and Katy's cases, their arthritis/HD became FAR more pronounced when they had the diseases. Right now, we're dealing with Mac once again having ehrlichia -- he's on Doxy for the next month and his limping has improved somewhat, but he's still struggling at times.
Hundilein wrote:Thanks everyone. I know it's not the end of the world, though I am kind of bummed that I likely won't be able to do flyball, agility or disc stuff with her anymore. The most important thing is for her to feel better though.
TheRedQueen wrote:Hundilein wrote:Thanks everyone. I know it's not the end of the world, though I am kind of bummed that I likely won't be able to do flyball, agility or disc stuff with her anymore. The most important thing is for her to feel better though.
I know a ton of dogs that still do sports (flyball, agility, etc) with HD and arthritis...you just have to take it easy and know your dog. I find the dogs that stay active do better... Rip has arthritis in his back and hips, and he still gets out onto the lanes to practice occasionally (I'd run him in vets, but he's always been too slow......can't blame the arthritis). We have two HD dogs on our team now, and they run half-slots, and get pulled if they're having issues...one runs Vets even. It's not the end to everything she does.
I'm not saying you should or shouldn't keep doing flyball, that's up to you, and to Renee...but just saying there are things she can still participate in!
Hundilein wrote: The vet mentioned Adequann injections, but I'm not sure I want to go there yet.
BullyLady wrote:Do you say that because of the cost associated with Adequann? I only ask because we found that to be the best non-medication available when we were going through major hip dysplasia with our first AB. We put her on Deramaxx first, which helped immensely, but she still limped a little in the cold weather and in the mornings, but when we added the Adequann there was absolutely no more pain. Only on the very coldest days did I have to add Tramadol first thing in the morning, we really felt like Adequann was a godsend for her. All told she was on a double dose of glucosamine/chondroiton, the low end of the dosage spectrum for Deramaxx, monthly Adequann, and then Tramadol in the coldest parts of winter.
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