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My 4 year old English Bulldog has recently been diagnosed with having mid grade hip dysplasia and cruciate ligament disease, with one knee being worse than the other. We've had to move him to Hills Prescription Metabolic diet food to get him down from 74 pounds to at least 50 pounds as quickly as possible for obvious reasons. He is also taking 50mg of Tramadol daily (sometimes twice a day) and a dose of Metacam each evening. I'm being told that it's strongly advised that we meet with an orthopedic specialist to discuss surgical options and I want to try and help as much as possible without having him undergo surgery. The knees are supposed to be the priority, but I've read that if the hips aren't corrected, there is really no point in knee surgery. I'm afraid of him not responding well to surgery, having to undergo multiple surgeries, and recovery. Would Arthro-Ionx help him and if so, would you recommend adding it to the regimen of Tramadol and Metacam or just the Arthro-Ionx?

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December 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM



Dear Denise,

I would try Promaxol to reduce the pain and help healing to begin. Promaxol would be a good choice for your dog. 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. Also be sure to give sufficient fresh water that is free of chlorine and fluoride. The other thing that is sometimes beneficial is to have a certified veterinary chiropractor check for spinal alignment and make any corrections as necessary. Acupuncture is another modality that could be explored before considering surgery.

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
December 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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