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Hi, I have a 13 year old Female Dalmatian and she is suffering with arthritis in her hind legs. When standing she tends to squat. i.e. bends her back legs in a squat position and tends to lean against doors and cupboards. She has been falling in my pool in the last 9 months on various occasions. She is either too sore or too lazy to go outside to do her business and when I have her out for a long while and then bring her inside this is when she decides to do her business. Yet she always shows an urgency to go out when wanting to urinate. Yesterday she was panting and dripping saliva whilst panting. I thought she might just be hot because it was a very hot day yesterday. The Specialist Vet said she was very very very very sore so he put her on Previcox, Neurontin and a Paracetamol tablet every now and again. When first administered she was throwing up and one night she was foaming at the mouth. She then had to have a anti-nausea injection and some tablets. She is now on Cortisone and Neurontin. Even with the pain medication she still seems to be in a bit of pain. This morning she seems fine apart from the sqautting. Today I am thinking of putting her down so that she is out of her misery and no more pain.

Please can you advise me as to what I should do further before I take the drastic step. Chondroitin and Glucosamine with Fish Oil tablets, and Vitamin C? Are these a good way to go? I look forward to your urgent response and help.

Thank you.

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October 24, 2011 at 3:19 AM

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I would try Promaxol to reduce the pain. 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 digestive enzymes with each meal, MSM, vitamin C, probiotics, and fish oil. If you want to do more, I find Perna mussell is a good source for glucosamine. 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. 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
October 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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