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Bandit is a shih tzu/poodle mix just under 6 years old. Four years ago he tried to get up on his owners bed and missed. The result was a herniated disk and a pup whose not nearly as bouncy as he was.

Clipping him has become a nightmare,for us or the groomer. We can't clip his back, belly or feet with out much snarling and snipping. He is on pain mess and anti inflammatory meds twice a day (gabepetin and I forget the other one.)

He loves to play and go for walks. But depending how long he plays or the length of the walk he's often groaning the next day on the couch. There vet is currently trying to figure out another pain regime that may help him better.

But is there someway his owner can offer him some relief on day to day basis? Especially cold or rainy ones. I'm simply curious and since we are dog sitting him I want to make his short time with use as enjoyable as possible.
 

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I'm so sad to hear that about him!

I would give him massages: my aunt's beagle had a slipped disc and pain management had a lot to do with his daily massages. She would also give him hot baths and a hot water bottle for night time.

I think it would be great to add foods that help with joint support too. Make sure he drinks enough fluids because not enough will do the same with human's and cause stiffness.

Also, try to get him off a grain based diet if he already isn't. It's not good for inflammation.
 

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He's currently eating beneful (i murdered it.) I hate the brand but his owner swears by it. Once I got my cat out of house and switched him over to a non grain brand he has become even more bouncy.

I'll try doing the massages and see how that goes. Currently is is curled up under the heating pad glaring at me.

Could I try horse liniment as well? I use it on my joints after work and it helps. I just don't know if it's safe for him.
 

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He's currently eating beneful (i murdered it.) I hate the brand but his owner swears by it. Once I got my cat out of house and switched him over to a non grain brand he has become even more bouncy.

I'll try doing the massages and see how that goes. Currently is is curled up under the heating pad glaring at me.

Could I try horse liniment as well? I use it on my joints after work and it helps. I just don't know if it's safe for him.



I wouldn't.

My main concern is that dogs like to lick themselves and they might ingest an ingredient that will harm them or it's plain toxic to them.

For example: lavender oil ingested by dogs can make them sick but, some pet shampoos have lavender scents which is "fine" since it's used marketed that way and used topically- then, rinsed off. Is it "safe"? Personally, I don't purchase lavender scented things; just in case (why risk it?).

I think the hot bath/soak and hot water bottle should help on it's own.


As far as Beneful goes: I've never fed any of my pets with dry foods but, I know mostly (if not) all dry dog foods contain excessive amounts of grains and other tidbits that don't have great/any nutritional value. If anything- it's practically junk and filler. This is just my opinion though.


Best of luck.
 

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The weather here as been fluctuating enough the past few days that me and him and ouchy.

I did try the warm bath (he hated it but seemed to relax a little.) I didn't use the hot water bottle (didn't have a bottle handy.) But I did try the heating pad after he was dry from his bath.

One thing his owner try's to do is keep is coat short so the added weight of that hair doesn't bug him.
 

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The weather here as been fluctuating enough the past few days that me and him and ouchy.

I did try the warm bath (he hated it but seemed to relax a little.) I didn't use the hot water bottle (didn't have a bottle handy.) But I did try the heating pad after he was dry from his bath.

One thing his owner try's to do is keep is coat short so the added weight of that hair doesn't bug him.



If he's getting relief by the warmth but, dislikes the water then I would stick to the hot water bottle and heating pad.

This would be a good time to do gentle massages since the muscles will be relaxed.
 
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