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the official verdict :(

Postby Stormi » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:22 pm

So a couple weeks back I took Jack in to the vet to have his back legs looked at. He's been walking with kind of a funky, dragging gait off and on for a little while now, and lately its been getting VERY noticeable. It doesn't seem to cause him any pain; he trots along happy as can be, just with a very weird walking pattern. I had a couple Xrays done, which were looked at by both the vet and a radiology specialist. He's been diagnosed with lower spine arthritus. Basically from the looks of it, the discs towards the rear end of his spine have grown in too close together and are thus causing him to walk a little strangely. He's currently on antiinflamatories, which seem to be helping, and on limited exersize. The real kicker is we were just about to start training in flyball and agility, and the vet has said flyball is an absolute no-go, and agility is a maybe, but he can't do too many jumps without risking injury. She said swimming would be a great form of exersize for him, which works well since he LOVES to swim. Unfortunately, I can't take him swimming everyday. I'm trying to figure out what forms of exersize I can do on a daily basis besides a ho-hum short walk. I doubt backpacking would be a good idea, because it justs puts more pressure on is back. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Postby akaspaddero » Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:08 pm

My friends dog has this.

She takes her to a holistic vet for supplements and adjustment/acupuncture.
She even has a special "back supplement" she gives to her dog.

hugs to your pup!

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Postby Nickdawg » Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:33 pm

I'm so sorry to hear that. Hugs to you and your dog!

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Postby Stormi » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:21 pm

akaspaddero wrote:My friends dog has this.

She takes her to a holistic vet for supplements and adjustment/acupuncture.
She even has a special "back supplement" she gives to her dog.

hugs to your pup!


ooh... do you know what kind of suppliment she uses? The vet tech I spoke with mentioned that the meds Jack is currently on have a risk of liver problems, which is certainly something I'd love to avoid if I could.

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Postby akaspaddero » Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:33 pm

Stormi wrote:
akaspaddero wrote:My friends dog has this.

She takes her to a holistic vet for supplements and adjustment/acupuncture.
She even has a special "back supplement" she gives to her dog.

hugs to your pup!


ooh... do you know what kind of suppliment she uses? The vet tech I spoke with mentioned that the meds Jack is currently on have a risk of liver problems, which is certainly something I'd love to avoid if I could.


I will ask

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Postby pblove » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:22 pm

akaspaddero wrote:My friends dog has this.

She takes her to a holistic vet for supplements and adjustment/acupuncture.
She even has a special "back supplement" she gives to her dog.

hugs to your pup!

I second this advice!
I would get to a holsitic vet asap
here is a link to find one(holistic vet) in your area.
look on the left of the page where it says 'main menu
then scroll down to
"find a vet"

http://ahvma.org/

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Postby Kirstan » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:30 am

Donna Kelleher @ petvet@oz.net or you can see her site at wholepetvet.com . I take 2 of my 3 to her and Emmitt, at almost 13, is still jumping around like nothing is wrong though he has calcification of a disc and SEVERE spondylosis in his lower back - swims at the Fall City spa, gets acupuncture and vitamin B12 shots in his back - he looks great. Try it.

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Postby pitgrrl » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:36 am

pblove wrote:
akaspaddero wrote:My friends dog has this.

She takes her to a holistic vet for supplements and adjustment/acupuncture.
She even has a special "back supplement" she gives to her dog.

hugs to your pup!

I second this advice!
I would get to a holsitic vet asap
here is a link to find one(holistic vet) in your area.
look on the left of the page where it says 'main menu
then scroll down to
"find a vet"

http://ahvma.org/


Dr. Pitcairn's site also has a decent list of holistic vets.

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Postby Beowulf » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:42 pm

pblove wrote:
akaspaddero wrote:My friends dog has this.

She takes her to a holistic vet for supplements and adjustment/acupuncture.
She even has a special "back supplement" she gives to her dog.

hugs to your pup!

I second this advice!
I would get to a holsitic vet asap
here is a link to find one(holistic vet) in your area.
look on the left of the page where it says 'main menu
then scroll down to
"find a vet"

http://ahvma.org/


Wow! Thanks for posting that link. I'm not even in the market for a holistic vet at the moment but I found out that there is one less than 30 minutes from me. I never would have thought they allowed that in this part of Texas. lol Thought for sure I'd have to travel 500 miles to Dallas, if I needed it.

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Postby tigger » Wed Jul 23, 2008 6:14 pm

Try a product called Arthrimine. It's available at most pet stores. It's all natural and does not have any side effects.

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Postby Stormi » Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:21 pm

Kirstan wrote:Donna Kelleher @ petvet@oz.net or you can see her site at wholepetvet.com . I take 2 of my 3 to her and Emmitt, at almost 13, is still jumping around like nothing is wrong though he has calcification of a disc and SEVERE spondylosis in his lower back - swims at the Fall City spa, gets acupuncture and vitamin B12 shots in his back - he looks great. Try it.


I checked out the site and sent the Vet an email and will wait to see what she says. Do you personally know anything about the gold bead therapy?


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