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Old 05-03-2007, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Default Spinal problems in dogs

My one medium sized pooch is almost 12 and is in great health apart from his spine and occasional seizures that he has had since one.
Several vertabrates are fusing and wearing down in his spine. The vet put him on joint pills (same as osteojoint), Rimadyl and Methocarbamol. They seem to ease some of his pain, but the poor guy is getting worse. His back is arching more and he can't run. When he lays down he has a hard time getting up and is very stiff. He still loves his walks though and has a lot of life in him!
We make sure he doesn't go up or down any stairs anymore and jumping is a big no no.

Is or has anyone gone through the same thing with their dog? I am looking for anything that I can do to help ease his pain some.

THX
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I had a dog with hip displacia and we had him on herbs, and for the life of me i cant remember what they were called, or where i got them from. They worked a treat. My friends Pitbull had cancer and was in alot of pain, normal drugs didnt work but the herbal stuff did, she was visibly better. Give me a while and ill hunt down where i got it from.
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My one medium sized pooch is almost 12 and is in great health apart from his spine and occasional seizures that he has had since one.
Several vertabrates are fusing and wearing down in his spine. The vet put him on joint pills (same as osteojoint), Rimadyl and Methocarbamol. They seem to ease some of his pain, but the poor guy is getting worse. His back is arching more and he can't run. When he lays down he has a hard time getting up and is very stiff. He still loves his walks though and has a lot of life in him!
We make sure he doesn't go up or down any stairs anymore and jumping is a big no no.

Is or has anyone gone through the same thing with their dog? I am looking for anything that I can do to help ease his pain some.

THX
My dog was given Rimadyl after an op for bladder stones and it nearly killed her !!! I looked it up on the net and was not amused at what I found out about it.
Have you looked into giving him natural remedies for his pain ?
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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My one medium sized pooch is almost 12 and is in great health apart from his spine and occasional seizures that he has had since one.
Several vertabrates are fusing and wearing down in his spine. The vet put him on joint pills (same as osteojoint), Rimadyl and Methocarbamol. They seem to ease some of his pain, but the poor guy is getting worse. His back is arching more and he can't run. When he lays down he has a hard time getting up and is very stiff. He still loves his walks though and has a lot of life in him!
We make sure he doesn't go up or down any stairs anymore and jumping is a big no no.

Is or has anyone gone through the same thing with their dog? I am looking for anything that I can do to help ease his pain some.

THX
Oh I'm so sorry. You may want to bring him to an orthopedic specialist, occaisionally specific exercises can help and of course very expensive surgical options. We have a wonderful one in my area and my current foster with the fractured spine is doing beautifully now. http://www.vetsportsmedicine.com/ If you are near here I would highly recommend them, this is the second animal I've had treated there and they are wonderful.
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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We've a natural vet in our area whose done acupuncture on a friend's dog and it helped his pain.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Thanks for responding folks. I really do apreciate your ideas and advice.

I got an idea from the exercies thread about microwaved rice in a sock. I tired it and it seemed to give him some short term relief. I'm going to try the same thing on my lower back!

I'm going to do some research on the herbs and acupuncture.

Thanks again!
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