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  1. She has had two epidural steroids, the 1st one made a huge difference, the last one did nothing, that was 12 months ago, I was told by the specialist that because it didn't work, she probably would not make it to the end of the year! Not showing any signs of giving up yet, 12 months later. She has been on the maximum dose of gabapentin the only medication to assist with nerve pain for over 6 months, so I am on the final stretch. She is having acupuncture every week, with a veterinary acupuncturist, which makes the world of difference. She is also on a range of Chinese medicine supplements, by
  2. Onsior, an anti-inflammatory. once a day Gabapentin, for nerve pain, 3 times a day Tramadol, 3 times a day.
  3. I have a dog who is terminally ill, with lumbosacral disease, but also very stable at the moment providing I can get the pain medications into her. With the medications she is able to go for walks of about 15 - 20 minutes every day and continue to play with toys. Without them, I will need to euthanize her. She is a Labrador, so this really should be simple, and always has been in the past. Previously a small amount of vegemite was all that was needed. Now it is all beyond me. I have tried heated up roast chicken, eats around it, tried heated up and raw chicken mince, eats around it, tried yo
  4. I do not deny the need to prioritise your children over your dog. I also agree that you need to have an open and honest talk to your vet. But I do believe that you are denial about the level of pain your dog is in. Dogs do not play games to hide from going for a walk. The dog is saying I do not want to go, because it is too painful. The dog is not playing when he sees other dogs, he is in pain and is scared of the dog jumping on him and causing him more pain. So many people see things dogs do as playing, but dogs do not play in that manner, dogs cannot act and be creative and imaginative.
  5. As others have stated a specialist vet is needed if you have the finances to afford it. There are procedures that can be done while younger that are much more effective and less invasive than the ones done later. He needs proper medical pain management, not supplements. Supplements are not bad and can lessen the amount of pain medications needed, but no dog should be in that much pain. You also need to get him put on catrophen or other arthritis treatments as arthritis is going to start much sooner. You also need to get an animal physiotherapist on board, a chiropractor cannot help with he
  6. It is only very recently that research has actually been done on this, before that it was all theory. It is now recommended that you take the probiotics while on antibiotics if you are likely to experience side effects, or be on them for a long time. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/prevention/should-i-take-antibiotics-with-probiotics I put mine on them while on the AB and then keep them on the probiotic for the same length of time after the AB has finished as they were on the AB.
  7. Put simply you have to keep ignoring him. If you give into him, which you are, regardless of how long it goes on for, he has learnt that the longer I keep this up, the sooner I get what I want. ANY response at all is what he wants, and even a negative response is a response If you want to rule out medical, then take him to the vet, which is not always a bad idea. if not, then you simply have to tough it out, even if it takes a few hours of whining. Reality is that getting out of bed is a privilege, so you cannot remove anything else from him. It is about being willing to be strict enough. Ev
  8. Transferring them to a quarantine station would have meant huge risks to other animals. They would not have been allowed to step foot outside that house until they were on the way to the airport. They would have been quarantined at home, to ensure the safety of Australia, and it was much safer to keep them there than to transport to Melbourne. It would also have been too big a risk to have them in a quarantine station. Dogs require 6 months of testing and multiple vaccinations for numerous diseases that we do not have in Australia, rabies, is simply the most well known. NO DOG is quarantined
  9. Dogs choose toileting surfaces via their smell. If the pet loo smells differently and to my understanding they have chemicals in them, to help neutralise the oder that is likely to be the problem. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not associate fake grass with real grass, as it smells like plastic and nothing like the real thing. They do not look for a toilet, they smell for a toilet. If you cannot get him to use the pet loo, I would ditch the fake grass and simply use puppy pads, which you are already using underneath. No point in having two layers, it only means more cost and expense.
  10. While catrophen would not be of any use in relation to the bone spurs it would help the arthritis. The main things of use are going to be very similar to those for a dog with arthritis in terms of lifestyle management. Providing ramps instead of stairs. Raising food and water bowls so they are not having to bend over to try and eat and drink, having firm flat surfaces, such as orthopaedic memory foam or egg shell foam mattresses for them to sleep on, keeping them warm, jumpers can help with this in winter if necessary. Keeping water bowls near the bed, so they are not having to walk to have a
  11. Where do you get your 5 dogs or less from?? The code says kennel club breeders can have 9 fertile females, and any number of other dogs. Non kennel club breeders can have 3 fertile females. The code does not apply to any kennel club breeders with 9 or less fertile females, which is the vast majority of kennel club breeders.
  12. Fish oil is something that has natural anti inflammatory properties in it. Not going to do anything to prevent anything. Glucosamine long term is not going to do any damage, it is not given in large enough quantities for it to hurt. I also agree with what CavNrott said, in that Glucosamine will be much more effective, when combined with chondroitin and MSM The key to tiring a dog out is mental stimulation. Walking them in different places, with lots of things going on around them is more tiring, than walking through a park. It is all the sights, sounds and smells that tire them out. Making th
  13. Dogs are naturally more active and alert at dawn and dusk and so fit in perfectly with our normal working lives. If you give them time before and after work, they will be fine. The most important thing is to start as you mean to go on. I agree with giving them access to grass to speed up the toilet training. Make sure they have access to a kennel or something similar that they can curl up in and feel safe and secure in. Just because they sleep inside and have access to shelter it is not the same as having a kennel outside, which is like a den environment. Do not think of putting out hundr
  14. raising the bowl is the solution. It is also much better for their backs, joints and spine, as it has them standing in a correct position, not putting undue pressure on any joints or the back/spine.
  15. Underwater treadmills in Melbourne are at Dogs in Motion in the southern region and Advanced vetcare in Kensington. Both also have animal physiotherapists, which would be of a great help in working out a rehabilitation program to guide the strengthening, what to avoid, etc. In terms of protecting joints you would need a joint supplement, that has glucosamine in it. Glucosamine plays a role in building cartilage, so it can slow the progression of the condition, as arthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints, and the cartilage is worn away, so it is bone on bone. Rose hip vital and othe
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