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Old April 28th, 2009, 04:17 PM
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Hunnybunny,I've read the whole thread,but since I have no advice to give,did not comment.
I just want to say I am so very sorry,you obviously love your pup very much,he is beautiful.
I hope Yogi can still have a good quality of life with medication...but whatever your decision,you will make it out of your love for him
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Old April 28th, 2009, 08:52 PM
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hunnybunny, I'm so sorry that the xrays looked so bad I know how devastating the diagnosis can be.

Can you afford to take him to a veterinary teaching hospital in your area? An orthopedic specialist might be able to offer you alternative treatments...or at least a pain management plan to help Yogi maintain a better quality of life.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 01:46 AM
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I'm very sorry to hear about Yogi. :sad:

I agree with Hazel and would get him checked out by an orthopedic specialist.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 04:34 AM
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Thankyou for all your advice, i am going to see how yogi goes on the meds and if he can be made comfortable .I have got to go back to vets next week to see that the meds are helping him I.m also going to check out a orthopedic specialist to see if anything can be done to help him, i was in such a panic yesterday didn,t really know what i was thinking .
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Old April 29th, 2009, 12:24 PM
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I was thinking Hunnybunny that Yogi might benefit from Hydrotherapy to help combat his arthritis and possibly acupuncture, these are just thoughts that you might want to explore.

Also some years ago one of our Basset Hounds damaged discs in his spine and was paralysed in his back end, at the time it was impossible for us to afford the surgery without a 100% guarantee that he would gain mobility....A friend of ours who is a nurse also practices "therapeutic touch", after 4 sessions with her one day he was outside with us and I noticed his toes twitch, little by little he regained movement and after 4 months was back to his old self......I know that Yogi's case is not the same, but alternative procedures do work. I have absolute faith that she put 'Buddy' back on his feet again....I do not understand how it works, but everytime Buddy had a session with her, within the hour he would have explosive diarrhea
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Old April 29th, 2009, 01:34 PM
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Because of the bone deformity on my newfie girl, and her surgery to repair the torn ACL, she was on a pain management routine. My son's newf has degenerative athritis in his elbows so during the coldest months of the year is also on a pain management plan.

Both of them have painkillers, one has Deramaxx, the other takes Rymidal. Both are on glucosamine/chondriton supplements. Because supplements are not regulated like prescription medications, finding a reputable source is very important. You want to make sure that your dog is actually getting the levels of g/c that the bottle claims. I started out with Cosequin, and then found that the makers of Cosequin had developed a new supplement called Dasuquin that also has MSM and ASU's which have been shown to increase the benefits of a g/c supplement.

The main things in keeping the dog comfortable is to keep them at an optimum weight - if they are even slightly overweight that increases the pressure on the bones. Moderate, but consistent, exercise. If the dog is allowed periods of non activity and then asked to exercise heavily, it will increase the inflammation and pain. Hydrotherapy is an excellent idea as it strengthens the muscles without putting any pressure on the bones. Acupressure and healing touch therapy has also been shown to improve their condition.

It's so sad when such a young dog has bone problems. There are things you can try though to see if you can improve his mobility and keep him comfortable. While you are looking at alternative medicine treatments, you might also ask about getting his allergies under control so that he wouldn't have to take the allergy meds.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 01:47 PM
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Kandy I don't know where you live, but some months ago I started using a supplement on our 15 year old Cocoa, maybe you might want to check it out http://www.recoverysa.com/ it has been quite successful in managing her stiffness of joints, in so much as walking with apparent stiffness, to running, at a pace of a 15yr old.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:32 PM
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Thanks for the information Chris. I've seen really good results with the Dasuquin too.

Hunnybunny - one other thing I forgot to mention is that Yogi should not be allowed to go up and down stairs, to jump on or off furniture or into or out of a car. Also, you need to make sure that he has stable footing in your home - that he won't slip on tile or laminate floors. I hope he's resting comfortably today.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 03:36 PM
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Thankyou Chris and Kandy
Yogi seems comfortable today, hopefully the metacam is working
I have never let him do stairs, so thats not a prob, he couldn,t anyway bless him.

So its just a case of seeing how he goes.
I had a long chat with my vet and he said not a lot can be done at this stage and its just a matter of keeping him comfy ,when he can no longer do the 10 min walk it will be time to think again, not a good outlook for a young dog.
Thanks again for all your helpful advise x
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Old April 30th, 2009, 04:25 PM
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HunnybunnyYogi will be with you for a long time yet
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Thankyou Chico for those kind words.
I hope yogi will be with us a long time too x
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I had a long chat with my vet and he said not a lot can be done at this stage and its just a matter of keeping him comfy ,when he can no longer do the 10 min walk it will be time to think again, not a good outlook for a young dog.
Hunnybunny, a lot of Vets' are not big believers in alternative procedures, it isn't what 'they' practice - obviously it is your ultimate decision, not your Vet's what road you take with Yogi, but alternative medicines and procedures DO work......Like I said it is your call. I only wish the best for Yogi, he is stunning and loved dearly by you. I sincerely hope that he lives a long life
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Old May 1st, 2009, 05:48 PM
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Thanks Chris I have just looked at your link for 'recovery sa, looks interesting have just ordered some a 350 g to start, anythings worth a try at this stage i will do any thing in my power to help my dog! can.t wait for it to arrive !, when i googled the info it did say be careful of allergy reaction as yogi is so sensitive he even had a reaction to oil of primrose when i tried it!
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