Post # 1
My poor pup is almost 9 and has been limping intermittently for several months. The vet initially thought it was a soft tissue injury/potential arthritis, and we’ve been trying different combinations of rest and medication.
Last night, she was suddenly unable to put any weight on her left leg. We took her to the vet and got x-rays, and it looks like a flare up of the arthritis. We have her on more intense pain meds and a strict rest schedule so that hopefully it will go down to a manageable level.
Does anyone have any tips and tricks for ways I can help her in the future, or things that have worked for their dog? How do you handle your best friend getting old? It’s so heartbreaking. 🙁
Post # 2
We give our 10 year old puggle glucosamine. We’ve also put him on a diet and he lost weight. He still gets his normal walks to maintain mobility and health. He has pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds that we can give him when he flairs up.
He is allowed on our furniture so we have bought steps for him to get up and down to limit impact on his joints. We’ve also made his favorite spots EXTRA padded and comfy for him.
Post # 3
I use CBD oil for pain management myself and has used for pets too. I have friends who use it for dogs specifically (I use for cats). I know thoughtcloud makes one specifically for pets which is the one I use. Sorry I’m not more familiar with arthritis in pets at all so can’t provide more detailed help but wanted to put that out there in case it helps relieve some of her discomfort at all!
Post # 4
Our dog is just starting to get arthritis which was expected due to an old injury. We also use the glucosomine joint supplements and they seem to help somewhat (we got mixed opinions from our vet and surgeon but the general consesus was it can’t hurt so we are trying it). We keep Rimadyl on hand for when he gets really stiff and limpy which thankfully we don’t need too often. A high quality, supportive bed (with his old smelly, flattened out one on top because he loves it hahaha) also made a difference. Talk to your doctor about PT and any potential exercises you could try – swimming is usually good if your dog likes the water.
Post # 5
my parents’ dog got Lyme, which results in arthritis. They literally gave him daily human painkillers (I forget what) as well as treating the Lyme. I assume they had the vet’s blessing but wouldn’t try it without. Anyway he lived on happily for years.
They just put him down last year because he truly couldn’t get around anymore… that’s alright I guess for a tiny dog but he was much too big to help him out much. They put it off for a good half year after they should have let him go… it’s so hard to make that choice! My first dog is 10 this year, going gray in the face and hops down steps. Oh and half-deaf, which is a new one for me. I’m not looking forward to letting him go and hope to get another five years (he’s a super-mutt so healthier than breeds often are)
oh, they also put carpet strips everywhere so he could walk and get up/down on tile and wood flooring. Made a huge difference.
Post # 6
Our pup is 9 and also has arthritis. We have her on an anti-flamatory that her vet prescribed – she gets them every other day or if she is limping more we will give it once a day but she’s typically good with every other day. We also switched her food to dog food designed for joint health. We are also considering adding a supplement to her diet but still researching.
She goes on shorter walks. She’s an apartment dog so if she’s not on a walk she’s pretty much resting.
We got a ramp for her to get in and out of the car.
We only have carpet in our apartment so I think that helps.
Our biggest problem is that we live on a third floor apartment so when our lease is up in September we will be looking for ground floor living.
Post # 7
Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. I never would have thought of most of these things and they didn’t come up during my Google research, so it’s super helpful!
The tip about putting the old bed on top of the new one is a lifesaver! I bought her a new supportive bed a couple of months ago and it has been going unused because she prefers the old flat ratty one lol. I just put them on top of each other and she’s currently happily snoozing away with more support 🙂
Post # 8
glad to hear it! It drove me nuts when my dog was all “oh did you just drop $300 on the fanciest orthopedic dog bed on the market? Cool cool, I’m going to curl up over here on my smell old $10 bed I’ve had for years”. Ugh. Stacking them looks dumb but keeps him happy! My guy gets stiff in his hips and loooooooves it when I massage the inner part of his joint (kind of up in the groin area) and then he gets up and shakes out and walks a lot better. Someone also recently told me that keeping their nails short is important too – apparently if they get too long it can affect their gait which might cause some flare ups.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2020 - City, State
I 100% have faith in the brand name of Glyco Flex supplements for dogs with arthritis. I’d tried a couple kinds (per vet recommendations), and Glyco Flex (per pet store owner recommendation) was the only one that worked, and it worked like a charm for my Chihuahua. He litereally went from struggling to his normal self.