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My dog started dragging his right leg 2 weeks ago...the vet took x-rays and said the dog's hip(ball and socket) were loose...he put the dog on steroids thinking it may have been a slipped disc. The dog gained so much weight that he cannot even get up on his own and walking him is out of the question. Without an MRI the vet said he doesn't know whether it is a tumor or degenerative myelopathy. Could it be hip dysplasia and does any medicine work?...should I get a second opinion as to whether a hip replacement is the way to go?

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March 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

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Dear Debbie,

I think you need a diagnosis. Intervertebral disc disease (IVD), degenerative myeolopathy, hip dysplasia, or a tumor have different treatment protocols. In the mean time I would try Promaxol to reduce the pain and weakness 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 I usually 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 when there are mobility issues. (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. I suggest this for hip dysplasia, IVD, degenerative myelopathy.

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
March 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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