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My Saint Bernard just turned 8 months. I have started noticing changes in the past 1-2 months. Her hind legs are longer than the front legs. She has stopped jumping and noticed her not walking right. She has started to limp and favor one of the back legs. I also think her back legs appear to be more thin and not much bulk. She is also having trouble getting back end up off the floor. Took her to the vet and he said she seems to have good range of motion and this could just be due to fast growth rate. He gave some pain pills and did not xray at this time. Pain med is gone and showing signs of limping and having a hard time getting backend up off the floor again. If this is just due to fast growth rate, which I am really doubting at this point I am sure the Athro-ionx would help through this period. But if hip dysplasia, I am curious as to what would be in her best interest...surgery or Arthro-IonX for pain? If she just took the Arthro-IonXx would this cause more hip damage since she is not feeling the pain? And since she is only 8 months, would Arthro-IonX work her lifetime or would it eventually lose its effect with helping the pain? Thanks, Kelly B

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June 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

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Dear Kelly,

I would try PROMAXOL to reduce any lameness 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. In addition it is helpful to give Canine 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. I would also give a glucosamine type product that contains Perna mussel. 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. Seating the ball of the femur into the hip socket can help stimulate better hip frmation. Proper spinal alignment can help reduce stress on the hips. I would try these things first before considering surgery.

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

Best wishes,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
June 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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