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Old 02-01-2007, 10:49 AM   #15
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Our last basset lost the use of her back legs when she was 5 after being hit in the back by our wolfhound. She had acupuncture twice a week for the summer, regained use of her legs and lived a full life to the age of 15 Can you say million dollar basset??
Wow, our oldest dog Bandit started showing signs of arthritus in October 2006. He now can barely walk and Patty and I have started thinking of letting him pass on. The drug given to us by the vet was causing other side effects so we stopped that. I started giving him glucosamine and chondrotin about 2 months ago and an occasional baby asprin. He just has seemed to lose strength in the legs and can't stand for long on a non carpeted surface without falling. I have never seen something progress so fast. Can any of this damage really be undone by other types of non drug therapy?

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Wow, our oldest dog Bandit started showing signs of arthritus in October 2006. He now can barely walk and Patty and I have started thinking of letting him pass on. The drug given to us by the vet was causing other side effects so we stopped that. I started giving him glucosamine and chondrotin about 2 months ago and an occasional baby asprin. He just has seemed to lose strength in the legs and can't stand for long on a non carpeted surface without falling. I have never seen something progress so fast. Can any of this damage really be undone by other types of non drug therapy?

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I have a "patient" named Jade, a 13 year old rottweiler with a similar history, arthritis, multi-level disc herniations that were causing alot of problems with her legs. We adjust her every 3-4 weeks and she's now hitting the off-leash park in style each week.

So yes, in many cases, conservative treatment can be very effective.

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Old 02-01-2007, 11:58 AM   #17
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I have a "patient" named Jade, a 13 year old rottweiler with a similar history, arthritis, multi-level disc herniations that were causing alot of problems with her legs. We adjust her every 3-4 weeks and she's now hitting the off-leash park in style each week.

So yes, in many cases, conservative treatment can be very effective.

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OK, so how do I go about finding someone locally who we could see to consider this alternative?

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OK, so how do I go about finding someone locally who we could see to consider this alternative?

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Animal Chiropractic - Find an AVCA certified doctor to adjust your horse, dog, cat or exotic.

let us know how it turns out!
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Thanks, it looks like we have 2 in the St. Louis area and one of those is somewhat close to us. I'll give him a call and see if we can get Bandit evaluated. Thanks so much, I'll let you know what we find out.

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Well we took Bandit in today and the vet found that Bandit has blown out his knees in his two back legs. That's the cause of the arthritus. He gave him an accupuncture treatment. Took about 9 needles. He also shaved his paws down to remove some fur and trimmed down his nails quite a bit. We also have a herbal medication to take. Bottom line I'm $200 poorer, but Bandit obviously got relief and is walking around much better. The vet feels that the treatments will help over time and he is scheduled in next Monday for more accupuncture and a blood test.

I'm very impressed with the vet. Apparently is is well known and does a lot of teaching in the areas of herbal medicine, accupuncture, chiropractic treatment, and holistic care. Also interesting is that my regular vet sends folks too him. We never asked so we didn't know.

Thanks so much for your information we wouldn't have even known where to go or what to do. I really thought the answer today was that Bandit would be put down, but the vet thinks we can make things a lot better for him. I'm hopeful at this point. I'll keep you posted over the next few weeks as to how he is progressing. Some karma is on the way to you!

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Ron and Debby,
Our Lucy (on the left in my avatar) ruptured both ACLs last year. She was apparently doing a little too much beach running after all those poor birds. Other than the brief shriek when she blew them out, she was happy as a clam, but couldn't walk! It was a true rupture. We opted not to do the TPLO, and went for the traditional (and less expensive) re-attachment repair because she is smaller and lighter, and will not be facing the same stresses that a larger or heavier dog would. Also her mix is probably terrier/beagle/doxy and arthritis is not a huge issue in those breeds if weight is kept under control,although it's always a risk after joint damage.
The vet told us that if she tolerated the surgery well, and was able to bear weight on both legs after a week or two, we could possibly get by without the 2nd surgery because dogs tend to generate collateral tissue to support the joint. Sure enough, after the convalescence and being carried around like the princess she is, her leg healed beautifully (with very little rimadyl and an early fentanyl patch removal) and she started to use her other leg more and more. Now she is running all over--a lot--although we don't take her to the beach any more for the flat-out runs.
And this is without the second repair. She's 5 and very active and happy, with no signs of an uneven gait or any other joint or muscle discomfort in the leg that wasn't repaired.
So that's our story--you might want to pass it by your vet and see what he/she says.
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Thanks for the info. We'll mention it to our vet. I think our problem will be that bassetts really are big dogs. They got shorted on the legs, but Lucy weighs over 50 pounds. She isn't fat, that's just typical bassett. Milo is over 60. Ron
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Yes, the weight-bearing issue is probably the deciding factor, just like it often is with us lesser humans. Hope all goes well.
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Jack,

great to hear things went well and good for you for following through. Please do keep updating the thread.

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Lucy did have a tear and had surgery yesterday. Since they were working on her they pulled the plate from the first surgery on her left leg and put a plate in the right leg. Poor wee girl .................she gets to come home tomorrow . Our other basset really misses her and tried to play with our kitten today the way he plays with Lucy but the kitty was not going for it
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So sorry to hear about Lucy. Hope she is up and around very soon. She's such a sweetie. Ed sends his love and our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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she will be accepting get well biscuits at Malibu, while being squired around in her hip sling
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That's great. We will bring a good supply of treats. Hang in there!
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