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My 4 year catahoula lab hound mix cannot tolerate petting or gentle stroking along her back. She jerks away and sometimes growls. This is totally unlike her--has changed her behavior at the dog park, making her testy with other dogs. She has always been present at therapy sessions, offering comfort to my clients who would touch or stroke her during difficult discussions.  This is no longer possible. Vet thinks it might be a disc problem, but glucosamine supplement has brought no change. No xrays yet. She doesn't show any symptoms of back pain--only the reaction to touch {like people with fibromialgia} She is a happy, healthy, active dog who goes to the dog park every day and has been a perfect dog-parker until recently. Any help you can give we will both receive with gratitude.

Smartliving Guest asked this
June 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM



Dear Linda,

I would try PROMAXOL to reduce the pain and help healing to begin. PROMAXOL would be a good choice for your dog because it contains the stronger LM potencies. After improvement is seen then you can switch over to ARTHRO-IONX. Both help with pain and stiffness. In addition it is helpful to give Probiotics with each meal, Omega 3,6,9, MSM, and vitamin C daily. (We carry the first two and the other two you can get at a health food store.) The oligotherapeutic mineral base found in the IONX products helps the body to better utilize the other nutritional substances given for a synergistic response and faster healing. Also be sure to give sufficient fresh water that is free of chlorine and fluoride. If you can gradually phase into a grain free diet that can be helpful too. The other thing that is sometimes beneficial is to have a certified veterinary chiropractor check for spinal alignment and make any corrections as necessary. Proper spinal alignment can help avoid back surgery. Acupuncture is another helpful modality when there is disc disease. In my experience a chiropractic adjustment usually gives amazing results.

Please let us know how you progress or if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
June 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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