Arthrities In Dogs Back Legs HELP ! my baby is crying in pain =/
Posted 06 July 2005 - 10:42 PM
Now dont panic I will be taking him to the vets next week, as my vet will be back then and I rather stick with the same guy, BUT that said, i really would like to know if anyone knows something that may help him?? Herbal would be EVEN better as Im really not wanting to start pumping crap into his body if I can help it.
As a side note he has only just started the wimpering pain after he had a tick attack about a month ago, so I dont know if that may have sped things along or not, he only spent a night in the vets and was over the tick pretty fast as I found it pretty soon.
Added a pic of my boof head
Posted 07 July 2005 - 12:28 AM
Posted 07 July 2005 - 12:47 AM
Sorry to hear about your dog , my neighbours collie is 12 years old and she has the sore back hip and shaky legs . She still goes for walks even though in alot of pain the vet suggested pain killers and anti inflammatorys. There is a web site called www.kmihome.com.au they have vitamin sprays that can be used for animals and humans. The one for arthritis is called Pro flex if it gives some relief l would try it.
Posted 07 July 2005 - 08:39 AM
Metacam or equivalent works WONDERS. Non-steroidal (spelling?). Kind of like us taking a Neurofen for a back ache.
I saw that new Exelpet product for doggy arthritis and decided to give it a go. It's Green Lipped Mussels in a dog chew and my boy just loves them I noticed that I haven't had to give him the painkillers quite so often and I spoke to my vet about it.
Said that quite a few of their clients had been using Green Lipped Mussel extracts/chews and were having great success with it - no judgements which was good as I felt they might have thought I was being a bit "airy-fairy" about the herbal side of things Also not so keen about the idea of permanent medication but not stupid enough to ignore it altogether
People have been using it for ages for arthritis, so why not dogs?
Posted 07 July 2005 - 12:28 PM
Once you can find out a definate diagnosis from the vet you will probably be able to do a bit more research on natural alternatives.
If it is arthritis he may also benefit from a magnetic and heated bed. I have got some good natural medications from www.wholisticanimal.com (Australian company in WA that you can order from over the net) so you could check them out as well if you like.
I forgot to look which state you were in, but if you are in the Eastern States, was it a Paralysis Tick that bit him? If it was, the vet might want to check him again incase any poison may be left (Sorry, I dont know much about Paralysis Ticks - we dont have them in WA, only bush ticks which are not very harmless)
Posted 07 July 2005 - 08:09 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 09:48 AM
tried acupuncture but Miss Sophie was not a good patient and kept trying to return the compliment with her teeth.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 10:19 AM
I must be lucky-Lani is only 2 and goes to sleep for the full 1/2 hr that the needles are in. The vet comes in after about 15 mins and gives them a twiddle and she doesn't stir.That's a cavalier for you
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:21 PM
My mums Lab has this problem and it flares up quite severly in winter.
We took him to the vet and she prescribe "Metacame"(could be spelt different though). It is an anti-inflamatory that you give based on weight through a syringe (no needle) in their food or straight in their mouth. It works amazing and so it should... about $90 for 6 week supply.
My mum also gives him cartlege tablets for arthritis from the chemist. Same sort of thing... give on weight. I think they are between $15-$30 for a tub. The vet actually recomends these aswell.
The other product you could try is "sashas blend" which you can buy without a consulation and I think even some pet shops /produces sell them aswell. It is suppose to be really good.
Do you have a heat pad or hot water bottle you could put in his bed/beanbag?
Good Luck and I hope he starts to feel better.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 04:30 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 04:45 PM
The results were outstanding. A natural marine oil based product. I buy mine from www.vetstop.com.au and it costs me about $75 for 8 weeks supply. This is for a 25kg dog.
Another suyggestion is to visit Robert McDowell's Herbal Treatments www.herbal-treatments.com.au
He is based in Bathurst andis very quick to post things out. I have had excellent results with several of his products.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 07:50 PM
So he is now on cartophen injections and the Glucosamine in the form of Osteo- ease. Steve (my vet) said this is how he wanted to treat him and I am quiet happy with it, he said drugs are the next step if needs be. But because Rocky is still very active and quiet well other then he would rather keep his system free from stuff as he believes the BARF diet I have him on has done wonders as is. But after this 4 weeks and he has not improved a good lot we are and WILL be moving up to bigger and better stuff.
So Anne plz do not think i will not treat him if and when he needs it, I myself do not use alot of pain relief having had a major horse ridding accident I know what it does to you and that is the only reason I am not wanting my pets to go down that road. I use herbal alternative to deal with my pain from said accident.