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Dog with Osteoarthritis - Advice please!

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Kerri Martin, Jan 7, 2021.


  1. Kerri Martin

    Kerri Martin PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Dog lovers,

    I need some advice!

    My Border Collie (5yo) has always been full of life being on the go most of the day, and enjoying his agility. In 2018 he had a flare up of joint pain, which with careful management, time and patience we got him sound and back to long walks off the lead.

    Unfortautley last August he had another flare up, which resulted in being referred to Anderson Moore's specialist vets for further investigation (scans etc) and they decided to do an Arthroscopy on his left elbow at the end of September. We spent 6 weeks following their strict instructions on building up lead walking, no stairs, no climbing on furniture, reducing his weight etc and even though he improved he was still 3/10th's lame. I called the vets again to discuss next steps and they said to do another 6 weeks of lead walking and after the 6 weeks to start letting him off the lead for 5 mins per walk, building it up weekly by 5 mins.

    Harley is now doing 2 walks a day (morning walk between 45mins-1 hour, PM walk 30-45 mins) but is on the lead constantly as I'm worried to take him off incase he over-does it and we are back at square one again!

    He's currently on YuMove tablets (been on them for 2yrs), and Boswelia tablets (started with these in Oct). He takes half of a 500mg paracetamol 3 times a day as recommended by our vet.

    My question is, is there anyone else with a dog in a similar situation that uses any other medications, injections, or herbal remedies that seem to help? Harley is unable to take Metacam due to steroids he's on for another condition.

    It would also be good to hear some success stories of this horrible, incurable disease to make me feel a bit better about the situation :(

    Look forward to hearing from anyone with any advice or suggestions!

    Thank you in advance!
     

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  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    I kept my boy going from 8 to 14 using these
    //www.cartrophen.com

    Tramadol can be used where NSAIDs can't be used.

    Swimming, as in hydrotherapy can make up for lack of off lead exercise.
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Tagging @Twiggy to see what she suggests
     
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    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    I'm sorry to hear that. Anderson Moores have a brilliant reputation. What did they diagnose exactly (joint pain is a bit vague)?
    If it's a soft tissue injury they seem to re-occur.
    One of my agility collies shunted on an A frame 3.1/2 years ago and was rushed straight to the vets for pain relief and then booked in for an x-ray before I took her to my McTimoney chiropractor. She was crate rested for a month and then lead walked for another month before I let her off the lead. During this time she was seen by my chiropractor quite a number of times. Although she was sound both my chiro and I still didn't think she was quite right so I booked her in for a consultation and MRI scan at Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. They couldn't find anything wrong with her and were perfectly happy for her to start agility training. A few months later she went lame on her rear hind/hip again, so that was the end of her agility sadly. Nobody could actually tell me exactly what she'd done but it was obviously some sort of soft tissue problem. She is 9 yrs old now and has some arthritis. Both she and my 12.1/2 yr old collie are on Jointsure tablets and they are regularly treated by my chiropractor, who is also a massage therapist and uses a laser. You could try laser treatment as a lot of vet practices offer it now or hydrotherapy/water treadmill. Hope this helps a bit.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    If you have around 4 grand going spare, have a look at stem cell therapy. 2 people from my agility club have had it done to their dogs (one a collie with neck/shoulder problems, the other a toy poodle for his elbows) and both are hugely better.
     
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  6. Kerri Martin

    Kerri Martin PetForums Newbie

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    @Twiggy - Hello, He was diagnosed with mild osteoarthritus in his left elbow. He had a Arthroscopy done where they shaved off some the diseased bone which was causing the rubbing and pain. He's already had 11 hydrotherapy sessions and personally I don't think they have made much difference - only to my bank account! :(

    Do you have your collies on any medication or pain relief that you find helps with the arthritis?
     
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    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    My two old collies are on Jointsure tablets plus Golden paste. I really don't like using NSAIDS unless there becomes no alternative. Regular visits to my chiropractor keeps them comfortable.
    Remember different medications suit different dogs. In the past some of mine have done well with hydrotherapy or water treadmill treatment; some it didn't make much difference. Another one had laser treatment about every 3-4 weeks and that kept her sound for over two years.
     
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