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  1. Lameness in 13.5 yo husky

    Thanks @Deeds sounds similar to the protocol by boy is on, he gets the anti-inflammatory (carprofen) daily and the neurontin (gabapentin) 3x 100mg of a night and 2x 100mg tabs in the morning (been having trouble getting them into him of a morning as he is usually half asleep and doesn't want to eat anything). He has been quite bouncy on walks the last week or so so I'm pretty happy about that, he loves the cooler weather
  2. Lameness in 13.5 yo husky

    Sadly no vet acupuncturist here (I’m in Armidale NSW) I have a human massage pad here I might see if he will lay on it he might get some benefit, helps me sometimes. Great idea about using a bag I might even try some horse gear and see if it would do the trick, I would love one of those help em up harnesses they look perfect but none of the suppliers seem to do Afterpay so I’m stuck till I can scrape up enough dough for that. I should be able to get some booties on payday though and the vet is coming out to the horses and give him his synovan so I’ll ask her about tramadol for him.
  3. Lameness in 13.5 yo husky

    Awesome thanks for the great ideas everyone I will follow up
  4. Hi everyone been a while since I've been around just hoping to get some outside opinions re lameness in my old boy. Sorry it's a bit of a long story! He has generally been sound although had some intermittent back problems causing weakness in the hind legs, always resolved quickly and probably only an issue a few times over his life. He has been declining the past 6 Months or so, he developed lupus a few years back and it wasn't affecting him much so he wasn't medicated until a few months ago as he had developed persistent inflammation in his gums causing his teeth to deteriorate more quickly than normal. So he is taking imuran (immune suppressant) for that. He had been on loxicom (meloxicam) for a couple of years or so prior to this for arthritis and the vet said there was an issue with the loxicom being given at the same time as the imuran, so he was weaned off of that a few months ago, didn't seem to be a drama the first few weeks he was off it and his appetite improved. He then had an incident where it appears he has slipped a disc and lost the hind end for a few weeks, needed help getting up and generally unhappy. At the same time he had an anal gland abscess so not sure if he threw the back out from trying to lick or scoot, or if reduced mobility contributed to the anal gland issue. At any rate it was obvious he needed anti-inflammatories again so he has been on carprofen for about a month which has helped a lot however he hasn't really bounced back well and is still struggling although his general demeanour is good and he is still happy to go for his little walks, we don't go far just to the end of our little road and back as he gets worn out pretty quick. He has been getting synovan injections monthly for i think about 18 months and responded very well to them much more than he did to the meloxicam. He also gets neurontin pain relief at night, sometimes in the morning too if I can get them into him but he gets annoyed when I poke too many tablets down his neck. I've tried adding some oral supplements to his food (turmeric, rosehip vital etc) but he is not really food motivated so will leave his food if he isn't keen on the taste. I realise there aren't a lot of options left but while he's still happy enough in himself I'm trying to keep him as comfortable as possible so just wondering if anyone out there has any ideas we haven't thought of. I will link a couple of videos from our walks he finds the uneven ground tricky and sometimes loses his footing even with the front legs but I am just wondering if I have missed anything here. TL,DR: lameness in husky, history of back problems, just looking for opinions/ideas, current meds: carprofen, imuran (for lupus), neurontin and synovan.
  5. Amber is 10 today!

    That is amazing @JulesP !! A testament to your careful management that she has remained so healthy and happy despite the shunts
  6. Joint Supplements

    Just wanted to drop in here and thank @Boronia for this bit of advice, I’d been trawling the forum looking for things to help my husky as he has slowed down a lot with age and arthritis, he hadn’t been getting much relief from pain meds and anti-inflammatories. Started him on the Synovan a few months ago and he is doing much better! Not perfect but he’s much happier and much more comfortable
  7. HELP!

    You need to see a behaviourist and get some assistance with this. If you let us know which town/city you are in people can recommend good professionals in your area.
  8. Help with breeds please

    Swedish vallhunds are super little dogs, very active and intelligent, they are a spitz though so can be a bit independent! The fellow in the pic looks very much like a terrier so certainly snake chasing is a risk but some are more driven than others, breeders will be able to tell you more about their lines though.
  9. Studies About Dogs

  10. How to cool down your dog???

    I read somewhere that freezing treats in ice cubes is a good idea to cool dogs down. Tried that the last couple of days for my husky but he just lets the ice melt and apparently soggy liver treats aren’t very enticing as they are still there. He has water and shade and seems to think the concrete floor in the sunroom is nicer than the shady grass outside which is weird as I find the sunroom to stuffy but who am I to argue. I used to provide a clam shell pool which he absolutely loved but I had to take it away as he kept getting ear infections from the moisture
  11. Age related illness, hearing and vision loss, all can contribute to more unpredictable behaviour. A full vet exam is a very good idea. All those old sayings about dogs tasting blood are just myths, we now know that we need context and information to assess a situation like this. Your old boy may just need a bit more peace and quiet and may no longer tolerate sudden moves or intimidating behaviour, a change in management and just some more awareness from everyone involved may help to resolve it. A good behaviourist will help with that if needed.
  12. Brisbane council 3 dog permit

    I don’t have experience with Brisbane council but in Toowoomba it was a fairly laborious process with us having to state that one dog was old and therefore it wasn’t a long term thing to kind of smooth it a bit. You can always help by providing references on the dogs behaviour, state they are clean and quiet that sort of thing so council knows they aren’t likely to cause a problem.
  13. Vets and lack of knowledge

    It’s interesting I’ve often found younger vets more open to ideas and thoughts of the owner, and can have more current knowledge, although many older vets do keep up with the most recent research too. They are all different as with most people. I have found many older vets are a bit world-weary, and less inclined to be interested in a case or investigate thoroughly. When my boy first presented at the vet when he was sick I the younger vet who first saw him suspected the real problem, she didn’t say it to me just said “oh there is one thing but it’s really rare”, she went out to get the advice of the senior vets in the practice and came back and said they didn’t think it was that so that was that. I would bet any money that she thought it was a shunt, and it would have saved me a lot of money and stress if she had trusted her first instinct. The senior vets just thought he had eaten something that didn’t agree with him, and to be fair that would have been a much more common occurance in most cases, just not this one.
  14. Dog coats - where to buy

    I find weatherbeeta dog coats good and usually cheaper at horse land than at pet shops.
  15. Also worth considering that crosses in horses in the past don’t always work well these days. Many of the breeds that used to be more generalised riding horses (eg QHs and Arabians) are now much more specialised, as are TBs so you do have a higher chance of a cross not being as complimentary as it once was, especially if you want to ride it and have it sound. Some of the show line Arabians and QHs are barely suitable for riding themselves much less crossing them with something else. Draft crosses have their own problems, again due to how extreme the breeding is now for both breeds, sometimes they work well sometimes you get the best of both worlds sometimes you get the worst, like a friends horse who is heavy as anything in front and also spooky, not a great combo for a riding horse!