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Old 05-01-2017, 07:32 AM
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Thanks! I will do some more research on different things.

She definitely has arthritis, we had an x-ray done a while ago when she was having trouble with stairs. I had thought she was having a hip problem.

She is very slow when getting up from laying down. We used to take her hiking with us, but now we just take her for slow walks on level ground. And we also keep dog mats and beds in every room so she doesn't have to lay on the floor at all, even though sometimes she chooses to lay on the floor right next to the mat.
I highly recommend the supplement Myristin for bad arthritis. You do need to give it a couple months though to work, and most glucosamine products have a loading dose to start with then you switch to a maintenance dose.
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We've had her on a different glucosamine/high omega-3 supplement for about a month now. It's a higher dose for the first month, and then tapers off to a maintenance dose after. It seems to be helping. She's a little bit more mobile, and I've been taking her for slow walks and she's not trying to sit down like usual. I'm not expecting anything miraculous, she is older, but it seems to help a little bit.

I've heard of the water therapy for dogs, and I have arthritis myself, and we have a hot tub that helps my joints, but she won't go anywhere near water. We live an hour from the ocean, and she was terrified of the waves at the beach. Bath time is not a fun experience either.

She used to be really active, and we are outdoorsy athletic type people, so it's been really sad having to leave her home when we go out hiking or whatever. We take her to parks still, but needed to get her a ramp to get into the car. For now, her favorite thing to do is lounge on the mat in the gazebo in our backyard.
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I just bought joint power rx. Great reviews, great ingredients. It's for humans, much cheaper, but haven't tried it yet, just got it yesterday.
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You say you had radiographs done, but didn't say which joints were affected? Hips: Knees? other? Were there degenerative changes along the spinal column? Do you recall?
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If it hasn't already been recommended (depending on how far along into her arthritis is) I use only natural remedies except one for my chi/terrier mix and he has shown huge improvements as long as he gets his full doses.

I use tulsi/holy thai basil, (can also give the scientific name for you) it is only found in the supplements section of a vitamin shop or online. I just rub it on foods etc, and he has no issue eating it. I also marinade things in it for if we are traveling, or make cookies with it. He gets 1/4 teaspoon every day broken into two doses. He gets a larger dose than necessary but it's not an issue, tulsi is supposed to work better for pain relief than ibuprofen. He was on some sort of pain relief from the vet, for a while but the tulsi has removed the need for it.

I also use golden paste, bumped with fresh cracked pepper, and also a couple tablespoons of powdered ginger cooked into it. It helps a lot with inflammtory issues.

He also gets glucosamine (all natural sources in treats and foods I feed) and then takes a UC-2 collagen supplement (about 2 mg) to help him absorb it better.

I occasionally use other spices on a bad day, for more infalmmation relief or pain relief.
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My vet recommended the Actistatin, but they are chews, which I doubt she'll eat. So I have joint power by Advanced Physicians, which he said was second best. I take the powder out, put in her raw food. It's for humans, so call the company and ask about dosage.
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She has severe arthritis in her back leg right knee. Her right leg has actually become skinnier and lost some muscle mass compared to her left leg because she puts all her weight on her other legs now. She kept getting hot spots on that same leg, so we've had to have a bunch of testing done. The hot spots are completely gone and her fur has grown back.

We have trouble keeping her weight down now too, so we have her on a very strict diet and have a limit of how many treats she gets a day. Chows are normally kinda muscular looking, and it's sometimes hard to tell with all the fur, so we have to weigh her often.

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I would honestly look into some sort of painkiller, whether cortisone or otherwise, considering how far along she is. Supplements can only go so far. Don't take her off the supplements of course, but it won't solve the severe pain she will be feeling.
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Sad to hear that. Arthritis is really painful. What don’t you try taking your pet to some other vet? Often medicines don’t work effectively on pets. Maybe some other treatment can help.
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Talk to your vet about Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Rimadyl or Rovera. They will help reduce her pain level and joint inflammation. Unfortunately, some dogs can't tolerate them.

There are also supplements that you can try, such as Dasuquin. It seemed to give our older dog some relief.
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