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Old 09-29-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Thanks for your post. I'm sorry about your dobes. I know that MRIs are currently the best imaging program for diagnosis, but I've been told that some places are still using terrible, horrible, not-so-good myelograms.
That's TERRIBLE! My first one had the surgery - and I vowed I would NEVER do that again - Took the poor baby 2 MONTHS to stand afterwards. Also took him for swim therapy - lasted another year and a half

Lost my HEART last year. When she was diagnosed at 9 at Penn, I said "no way" to surgery and had her treated by a holistic vet with electro-acupuncture, Chinese natural meds and the Assisi Loop, which is a magnetic massage of some sort - MUCH better and pain free for more than 2 years before I had to put her down. She was STELLAR and the love of my life.
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:25 PM
 
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Hoping you finally took your dog to the vet today. What did he say?
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Old 10-01-2017, 04:15 PM
 
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They said they didn't find anything major but he does have arthritis in his spine. Gave him pain meds and steroids. He has lost 6 lbs in 6 months though but eating exactly the same and same exercise so that has the vet concerned but they didn't find anything in his blood work and his heart sounded fine. So they said to give him and extra scoop of food each day and weigh him again in 2 weeks. I did notice he weight loss bug figured it was just from him aging. They also said that they loose so many boxers at age 7 or 8 and our dog is almost 10 so....
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Old 10-01-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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Bloodwork and heart tests wont show wobblers. There's a simple test that the vet, or even you, can do to see if your dog might have wobblers. Pick up one of the back feet and turn it under. Then see how long it takes the dog to turn it back up. A healthy dog will do so immediately; a dog with wobblers will take a couple of seconds.

My vet did this with my last heart-dog, to show me that she did, indeed, have wobblers. I was in denial until I saw that, as I knew it was a classic sign of the disease.

My current older dog has arthritis in several places along the spine. I give her Rimadyl every day for it. I think most older large dogs get it, just as many older people have arthritis somewhere.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Then you should take him to a Chriopractor..... needs an adjustment
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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My current older dog has arthritis in several places along the spine. I give her Rimadyl every day for it. I think most older large dogs get it, just as many older people have arthritis somewhere.
OP and TFW, I suggest talking to your vet about Galliprant. We were giving our dog Rimadyl for arthritis, and our vet suggested that we try Galliprant as it is not as hard on their kidneys/liver as Rimadyl. He's been on Galliprant for about a month now, he's doing well with it. Another bonus, we don't have to have bloodwork done as often with Galliprant to ensure his organs are functioning properly.

It's worth a conversation at least.

https://www.elanco.us/galliprant/vet/
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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Thanks so much, Hokiefan!
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:03 PM
 
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Then you should take him to a Chriopractor..... needs an adjustment
That could make things worse.
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Old 10-07-2017, 02:00 AM
 
Location: El paso,tx
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Make sure you put his food and water bowls on a raised surface. Many dogs that get arthritis in their neck have pain if they bend down to eat or drink, so they lose weight because they only eat if they are really really hungry. It doesn't have to be an elaborate set up...you can put the bowls on stacks of books, a single step stool, a stair, a pillow (food bowl...not water), etc

Pain also can increase stress hormones that raise metabolism so they lose weight.
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