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Our mixed breed dog(cocker spaniel/terrier/duck tollier) (was 32 lbs and now 27 lbs due to muscle loss) who is 13.75 years old has been diagnosed with arthritis in his spine, his back legs and within the last several weeks his front two legs. He still goes for walks, but his back legs track about 5 inches to the left of his front paws. And his front paws are turning in and back paws are turning out. In addition, our vet told us in Nov 2013 that he is becoming senile and he has a severe catarac in his left eye that is making him mostly blind in that eye. He eats normal and is more irritated by little things now. However, his back legs have lost muscle tone and sometimes falls over five times during a one block walk. The vet says all we can try is gabapentine that will just make him sleepy most of the time. Will the Arthro-IonX that I just ordered help his arthritis? I don't expect it to help anything else. I know he is old and had a very enjoyable life. Can we extend his quality of life with this Arthro-IonX or am I just wasting my money on this? The dog is unable to do stairs of any kind. I think we are at a point where without some medication our dog is rapidly nearing the end of his life. Please advise if there is anything more we can do. If I am wasting money on the order I just made, please cancel the order. Mike

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August 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM



Dear Mike,

I would try ARTHRO-IONX to reduce any lameness and help healing to begin. 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.) I would also give Geri-Form a choline/ B vitamin supplement made to nourish the nervous system of geriatric pets. The oligotherapeutic mineral base found in the IONX products helps the body to better utilize the other nutritional substances given for a synergistic response. 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. What are you currently feeding? The kind of protein used is important 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. I have found it to be often helpful in improving movement in older patients. Please let us know how you progress or if you have any other questions. Though your dog is elderly, there is still a possibility that he can make some improvement and you will feel better knowing you have done all that you can do for him.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
August 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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