September 9th, 2005, 11:15 PM
Hi. I'm new here and I just need some answers. My boyfriend has a 14 year old, 95-pound Alaskan Malamute. Lately heís been having problems getting up the stairs. Two days ago, he found his dog unable to get up. Heís been laying outside in the grass pretty much the whole night. He even tried with his brother to put a blanket under him so they could carry him inside the house. However this didnít work either because he would kinda growl at them whenever they tried to lift him up. Eventually later on the night, my boyfriend managed to help him get up inside the house and carried him up the stairs. Now, his dog is able to get up once in a while, just enough to pee, eat, and drink, but he still has a hard time getting up. He still has his appetite but just has a hard time getting up and walking. My boyfriend called a mobile vet service to come in his house and evaluate his dog. He told her of his dogís symptoms and she told him that since heís old heís most likely arthritic and that his conditions wonít get better and that perhaps itís best to put him to sleep. My questions is do you think he should get a second opinion or should he just rely on what she says and observes of the dog because she is a doctor? I told him that I think he should get a second opinion or at least have the doctor show him some kind of proof or something before he decides to put his dog down to sleep. I mean, if it was my dog, I think I would want the doctor to do some x-rays or at least some kind of tests to show me that his condition is really bad and that thereís absolutely nothing that medicine canít do to help his dog and that thereís absolutely nothing that she or any other doctor can do to help his dog. I told him that I just want him to be sure before he makes a big decision. I donít want him regretting not getting a second opinion especially if it couldíve turned out differently. What do you think? Please post any suggestions or opinions so I can relay the information to my boyfriend as soon as possible. Thank you.
September 9th, 2005, 11:23 PM
The dog is quite old but many dogs live with arthritis. He should have noticed some kind of symptoms earlier on, not just all of a sudden. I would get a second opinion, specialist.
September 10th, 2005, 02:23 PM
A dog that age and size no doubt has severe arthritis and is in a lot of pain. Most large breed dogs have some degree of this in later years.
You could get a second opinion and x-rays if you wish to be 100% sure.
You can give him aspirin in the meantime to ease his pain (NOT Tylenol, Advil or anything other than aspirin) The same thing happened to my old dog. He was also 14.
September 10th, 2005, 08:26 PM
A book called the Last Chance Dog by holistic vet Donna Kelleher, DVM( private practise in Seattle, WA) is a collection of various cases that were lost causes that she dealt with homeopathically and corrected. Two deal with dogs who were semi or totally paralyzed. One was a German Shepherd who was completely down in the back legs.He dragged them behind him. Several vets were consulted and offered no solution except the usual, euthanasia. Dr. Kelleher said that when she first examined the dog he had the worst case of arthritis she'd ever seen as well as degenerative myelopathy. She changed the dog to a raw foods diet ( slow implementation on this to lessen stomach upsets from the change), lessened the amount of meat because it added purines to the joints stiffening them, added supplements like alfalfa, chondroitin, glucosamine and implemented acupuncture(www.ivas.org) . In five treatments the dog was running around. The other case was a dog was completely paralyzed. The same treatment was implemented and the second dog recovered in the same amount of time. Dr. W.O.Belfield, DVM believes that vitamin C injections combined with "a good multivitamin and mineral supplement" were responsible for " strengthening the collagen of the vertebral ligaments' supplying nutrients that nourished the area that commercial pet food just wasn't supplying. For one dog "who urinated and defecated where he lay" he used a combination of Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C injections and instructed the owner to follow up with oral doses. The improvement was noticable "almost immediately". Almost at once the dog " became more mobile and friskier" and soon recovered. For another dog, the owner was too far away from any vet for the vitamin B and C injections so he advised her to give Vitamin C orally along with the vitamin/mineral supplement( for dogs) . It took longer, he said, two months, but the same result was produced. The vitamin C he is talking about is not the chewable or time-release kind but sodium ascorbate. ( He now is very supportive of Ester C, a more potent and more easily assimilated form of Vitamin C) Something that is wonderfully supportive is called Arthritis Relief by Natra Bio(Ferndale, WA) for stiffness, swelling of the joints, pain, difficult movement, redness. No stomach upset, Fast acting. I've seen it work in less than two hours. Two tablets every 6-8 hours initially then tapering off to once or twice a day as improvement occurs. . Health food stores carry it. The manufacturer says " symptom relief is obtained through stimulation of the natural healing process. Precise levels of homeopathic ingredients work safely and without side-effects. All natural, no side- effects, no sugar, no drowsiness, and made in accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. "