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My old girl

KimandAutumn
October 18th, 2007, 09:26 PM
Blaze (12-1/2 year old rescue dalmatian) had a vet appointment today because her arthritis is getting worse and her ears have really been bothering her. She has a bacterial/yeast infection in both ears so we have an earwash and ointment to apply 2x day for the next week. Arthritis ... well, we've discovered her heart murmur is much further advanced so I am taking her back tomorrow morning for a full blood panel and hip xray for the stiffness/arthritis and full body xray to see if her heart is enlarged.

Please keep my old girl in your thoughts. :sad:

luckypenny
October 18th, 2007, 09:35 PM
We will. Big :grouphug: and :fingerscr for both you and Blaze.

the gang
October 18th, 2007, 09:45 PM
i send you best wishes brenda and the pins

mummummum
October 18th, 2007, 10:00 PM
:goodvibes: and :grouphug: from Bridie, Ceili, Declan and me !

rainbow
October 19th, 2007, 01:18 AM
Lots of good wishes from the rainbow house too. :pray: :fingerscr :goodvibes: Has she been tested for hypothyroidism? :o

Love4himies
October 19th, 2007, 06:35 AM
:pray: and :fingerscr for Blaze!

KimandAutumn
October 19th, 2007, 08:31 PM
I met with the vet at lunch when I picked Blaze up to over the xrays and lab work. She expected to see more arthritis than what was present (some hip change but nothing really terrible) and she has mild spondylosis but no dysplasia present. An old injury (fractured pelvis) showed up on the xrays. Most likely went unnoticed by previous owners and that is what is causing the majority of her stiffness/pain.


She has congestive heart failure. The heart is slightly enlarged and causing some compression problems on the windpipe which in turn is causing some fluid build up in her lungs.


Bloodwork came back with liver enzymes elevated so they are reluctant to put her on long term pain therapy for the arthritis/stiffness.


The plan of attack is she is getting weekly injections for the next month, and after that, monthly injections for her pain/stiffness. It's gentler on the liver and will help to rebuild cartilage. She is to remain on the daily liquid glucosamine/chondrotin and she is also on heart meds and diuretics.

The vet is very optimistic this will help her. :fingerscr

luckypenny
October 19th, 2007, 08:41 PM
That is good news! What you're doing for Blaze to keep her comfortable and healthy is wonderful. I wish all elderly pups would have such caring owners.

mummummum
October 19th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Kim, I'm not sure if you caught an earlier thread of mine about Glucosamine +Chondroitin+MSM but I did some research into a product you might be interested in ~ I'm impressed by it and plan to try it as soon as we run out of our G +C+MSM :

I was intrigued by this product (Dasuquin) http://www.nutramaxlabs.com/products/animal/dasuquin/index.asp as it is new to me as is it's use of Avocado/ Soybean Unsaponifieds (ASU). So I did a little research on ASU and thought I would share the sites I found most informative. Most are human studies but there are a few animal one's in there as well. All studies are done on patients with osteoarthritis (knee or hip or knee and hip).

http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/ajvr.68.6.598

http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030115/339.html

http://ww2.arthritis.org/research/Bulletin/Vol52No12/avocado.asp

http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab002947.html


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11578021&dopt=AbstractPlus

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=PubMed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=11932878&ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsP anel.Pubmed_RVAbstractPlus

http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/tjem/211/2/211_181/_article

http://www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/band122/b122-3.html

Where to get just ASU:
"One of the more established brands in North America is called Avosoy. It's marketed and distributed by Jason Theodosakis, MD, the author of The Arthritis Cure (St. Martin's Griffin, 2004). The company web site claims that the products are tested by a third-party lab. Customers can enter their product number to see the lab results for their product."
from: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/drcathywongsanswers/f/avocadosoybean.htm


While it seems much more clinical study of the long-term effects both on symptoms and disease need to be done ~ it looks very interesting.

When I googled Dasauquin, I actually found it's sold all over the place and the price varies quite a bit so if you're thinking you might try it, as it's NOT inexpensive, it is worth shopping around.

shredy
October 20th, 2007, 12:56 AM
I just wanted to wish you and your girl the best of luck. I hope you are able to control the heart failure. Your vet has probably mentioned this but you may want to limit her fluid intake to avoid fluid overload.I am not sure her size so your vet would be the best source of info on the amount of fluid to give her. Also diuretics cause the kidneys to lose potassium and so you may need to have blood tests done regularly to ensure that her potassium levels are normal. With people we actually give potassium supplements with diuretics unless they are a milder kind that are the potassium sparing diuretics, spironolactone is a common one. It sounds like you have a good vet and that you are a wonderful owner. Oh, and see if your vet can call the prescriptions into costco. It will save you alot of money if she is on meds long term.
:grouphug::grouphug::goodvibes::goodvibes::fingers cr:fingerscr

Hogansma
October 20th, 2007, 06:19 PM
No advice, I just want to wish you all the best. I lost my dal a year ago at age 11 and she was a special girl. Hope your girl improves.:pray:

Frenchy
October 20th, 2007, 06:34 PM
When I googled Dasauquin, I actually found it's sold all over the place

You mean at vet's clinic ? Or we can get it elsewhere ? (website says vets)

KimandAutumn , Blaze is so lucky to have you. Not many people would adopt older pets like you did. Best of luck with her. :goodvibes: :fingerscr

KimandAutumn
October 21st, 2007, 12:43 AM
What a bond her and I have... I feel blessed to have her in my life. I will never have another like her. :lovestruck:

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q18/kdanielsson/Blaze-1.jpg

rainbow
October 21st, 2007, 12:55 AM
Oh those eyes :cloud9: ...she is a sweetheart. :lovestruck:

Is the injections she's getting Adequan? I've heard that it gives really good results. I wish all the best for you and Blaze. :goodvibes:

growler~GateKeeper
October 21st, 2007, 01:09 AM
I found that daily massages greatly helped my Dal x Lab Cally after he was diagnosed with arthritis in his spine & hips at 11yrs. I was doing them "hands on" plus with an electric massager "The Body Machine" is the brand I have (I am currently using on my cat & me too) If there is an animal physiotherapist in your area they will show how to best do the massages & give some instructions on muscle strenghtening exercises. The other great thing is hydrotherapy - swimming in lakes or a pool that accepts dogs - non weight bearing so it strenghtens without straining.

:goodvibes: good luck with your beauty Blaze :lovestruck::lovestruck:

KimandAutumn
October 21st, 2007, 08:55 AM
Adequan sounds familiar but I am not 100% as the vet kindly left off Blaze's first shot and her bloodwork tests from the bill.

Frenchy
October 21st, 2007, 09:34 AM
What a bond her and I have... I feel blessed to have her in my life. I will never have another like her. :lovestruck:



She's a beauty (and you don't post enough of her) older dogs are such gentle souls , all they want to do is love you ! I just love them. :lovestruck:

rainbow
October 21st, 2007, 02:02 PM
Adequan sounds familiar but I am not 100% as the vet kindly left off Blaze's first shot and her bloodwork tests from the bill.

What an awesome vet you have. :thumbs up

I hope Blaze continues to do well. :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

mummummum
October 21st, 2007, 05:06 PM
You mean at vet's clinic ? Or we can get it elsewhere ? (website says vets)

It's also sold through whacks of on-line pharmacies. They likely say "only through your Vet" to give them more "street cred".

mummummum
October 21st, 2007, 05:07 PM
She is GORGEOUS ~ what a soulful look she has ~ those eyes could melt even the coldest of hearts. :lovestruck::cloud9: