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Bravey is a 10 yr old chocolate lab weighing 75 lbs. He's had arthritis most of his life and has been on Deramaxx. Since Deramaxx was discontinued, my vet gave him Meloxicam and that seems to be when problems arose. He fell over on his side on Christmas Eve and has had shaky, unstable back legs since. Vet said he had a torn ACL but also thought some neurological problem was occurring. MRI and spinal tap showed inflammatory meningitis. He was put on Prednisone, 20 mg. twice daily. He was spunky as ever with the Prednisone but we had a hard time weaning him of it. Finally, with laser and Adequan injections, he got some relief. When Meloxicam was restarted, shaking began again and today he can hardly get up. I';D given him Promaxol for the last week but see no difference. Today I gave him the Arthro-Ionx and he seemed a bit better in a couple of hours. Can I give him more than twice a day dosage to jump start him? Also, in your opinion, if the Arthro-IonX works, can that replace surgery for a torn ACL or should he have it done to fix the physical tear in his leg. He is also eating way too much grass. What is that telling us? Thank you for your assistance.

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April 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM



Dear Isabel,

You may give 4 half doses of Arthro-IonX to keep Bravey more comfortable. If the ACL is only partially torn it can slowly heal. It it is completely torn, the knee will be unstable and can wiggle when weight bearing unless the muscles can stabilize the knee. There are braces that are made to stabilize the knee to help during the healing phase or in lieu of surgery. These braces are not cheap because they are custom made. Standard Process makes a supplement called Ligaplex (food for ligaments). It can be purchased from professionals. You might want to try some of these options before rushing into surgery since there are several health challenges. The other worrisome thing is that 80% of dogs that damage one ACL will usually injury the other side if no other changes are made. Other supplements that I use are Canine Probiotics, MSM, vitamin C, and Omega 3,6,9.

Eating grass is usually a sign that the stomach is upset and so he might be trying to soothe it.

Another helpful modality is veterinary acupuncture. It can help with stagnation and encourage healing. I have also found chiropractic to be helpful in aligning the lower back and putting the knee in the correct position to heal.

Please let us know how you do.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
April 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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