Living with lumbosacral spondylosis

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Living with lumbosacral spondylosis

Postby Siberian » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:49 pm

So, Sheba was diagnosed with that thing... Everything she loves doing involves jumping - Dock Jumping in particular.

I wonder if anyone elses dog is living with lumbosacral spondylosis, and if you still let them be a dog and do things they love.

Are there any supplements that worth trying? She doesn't seem to be in the constant pain - I guess there was a flair up (which prompted me to go see a vet and get xrays done), but now that it is under control, she seems to be her old self again. She won't jump up anymore though (like "dance" command, or "jump and touch").

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Re: Living with lumbosacral spondylosis

Postby DogNerd » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Hey Katya, My girl Turtle has been living with spondylosis for most of her life. She was diagnosed young - like 2 years old. At that point my vet thought her x-ray looked like that of a 10 year old dog. She had growth along the lower part of her spine and already had fusion in two or three areas. She is now actually 10 years old and her last x-ray showed full fusion of the bottom two thirds of her spine. It is fused together and fully encased in bone and has a new name (that I forgot) now. Turtle was always a ball dog, always a happy active dog, loves to swim run play etc... To top it all off, she broke one of her front legs last year and had to have it amputated.

Not all dogs do the same with this condition. Turtle has done amazingly well all things considered. She has been lucky to have relatively little nerve involvement as her disease has progressed. I have had to really be careful with her about how and how much she exercises but I have found that she really has had and continues to have a pretty great and active life - even now on her three legs.

Call me if you want to talk about it in more detail. I can tell you what we have done over the years and how things have progressed and changed and what I have done to adjust. I have had her on supplements since she was diagnosed and used metacam for flare-ups but since the amputation she is on daily metacam.

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Re: Living with lumbosacral spondylosis

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:08 pm

Its rare to find a dog over the age of 7 that does NOT have lumbosacral spondylosis...

99% of the time its nonpainful and meaningless. I would not change your dogs routine unless he is showing clinical signs of pain.

The only time I've seen a dog with issues due to spondylosis it was a young boxer with a deformity of the last vertebrae, the spondylosis was so bad it was pinching a nerve. It was diagnosed on MRI after 2 orthopedic specialists told them the spondylosis could not be the problem, its never the problem. The dog had surgery to remove the bone pushing against the nerve (and it was a LOT of extra bone to get that far) and did well. This was an incredibly unique case however, all the clinicians agreed they'd never seen or heard of anything like it.

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Re: Living with lumbosacral spondylosis

Postby nsbullylover » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:55 pm

I know they're different species, but one of my cats was recently diagnosed with this. She is 2 years of age.

My vet prescribed a joint supplement for her that is glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. She said it takes a few weeks to start noticing a difference with the supplements, so because my cat was in quite a bit of pain, she also prescribed her some pain meds.

That was on December 23rd. It's taken a little while, but I am starting to see a difference. She is starting to act like a normal 2 year old cat again.

I've spoken to a friend of mine recently that had a dog with this same issue, and after starting the joint supplements she was fine.

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