Update: Tuesday evening my doggie let me know it was time, she put her paw on my hand(palm side), she could no longer stand and her back legs just didn't work, I promised her I would never let her suffer........
Fur-baby update. Steroids helped but her mobility is not getting better and her balance gets off. I can feel that it is getting close to the time when she will be going to wait for me at rainbow bridge. I know that she will find a way to let me know when it is time, but right now she still has sooo much spunk. we will see how the next week goes. So why can't they all live to be 40......
So we took a trip to the vet, what I thought was purely arthritis turned out to be what he called spinal syndrome. There is impingement on the femoral nerve that is causing peoblems with the flexion of her rear legs. She is now on steroids and although not walking perfect, she is walking better, we took a walk today that was longer then any other walk in what seemes like ages...yeah!! I still cannot believe, with me being a nurse and all, that I didn't figure out the nuero aspect of all this, it did cross my mind but it seemed like with her age and location of symptoms, arthritis was it. I am still doing all the arthritis prevention, don't want her to end up with a double whammie.
Sorry I'm coming into this late but we use fish oil too. No arthritis yet but it's suppose to help their joints. I did hear somewhere about using knox gelatin ?? I've never done this but I did hear it's suppose to help.
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Hey guys!! Thanks for the tips! Fish oil is happening, will check with my vet about the meticam. She is walking a little better, like with us humans it is a little worse after she has been lying down for awhile. Will keep you all posted about any progress
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Our BC is about to turn 13 and has some arthritis. We give him fish oil as well. We cut open the fish oil pills (which is kind of gross, so we wear disposable rubber gloves) and sprinkle the fish oil on bits of bread. For some crazy reason, Eddie actually eats that.
Apparently, fish oil has many benefits, according to Dr. Weil (and other reputable sources): "We've known for some time that eating oily fleshed, cold water fish such as salmon or sardines two to three times a week or taking fish oil supplements (two grams daily of a brand that contains both EPA and DHA) helps reduce the inflammation that damages tissues and makes osteoarthritis so painful. Daily fish oil has also been studied for its benefits in those with high cholesterol, diabetes, symptoms of PMS, coronary artery disease, breast cancer, memory loss, depression, insulin resistance and rheumatoid arthritis." from - www.drweilblog.com/home/2011/11/21/f is h-oil-for-arthritis.html
I guess if your fur baby won't swallow the fish oil pills whole - you could try freezing a better quality brand (the cheaper ones might just burst when frozen), so that there is no bad taste, buy krill oil pills which have no taste, or try pouring the contents of two or three regular fish oil pills onto pieces of bread, like we do. Ed seems to have an easier time getting up steep stairs with fish oil, so I assume it helps him.
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So my baby, who is now 15 is really starting to have some mobility issues. She is still her perky self and tries to run a little when outside, but it really isn't pretty. She has arthritis and is on rimadyl and I give her glucosamine/chondroitin every day. I can tell she is frustrated, I am wondering if anybody has any ideas or has done something that helps.
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