Elderly Dogs - A Thread for Sharing Ideas on Caring for Our Aging Best Friends

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    Jan 29, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    jsowneon saidJust throwing this out there since I haven't really seen anything about it yet. But for anyone who has older dogs with joint pains you might want to look into acupuncture. Years ago I had a Lab/Retriever mix. I believe Labs are one breed that is know for getting joint problems in their back legs later in life. She wasn't able to get up and down stairs as she use to and had to be carried a lot of the time. Along with the pain cries when moving sometimes. The vet recommended acupuncture and there was a Great improvement. The treatments were monthly and afterwards she was able to get up and down stairs on her own and didn't appear to be in much pain at all. Overall it was differently worth it to make the last 2yrs of her life as pain free as possible.


    I've been considering acupuncture, but just today decided to go with a combo treatment which starts tomorrow. Instead of him swimming twice a week, I'm taking that down to once a week and replacing one of his swim sessions with this combo package. They'll be doing laser therapy, magnet therapy, agility ball (that blue peanut thing) and deep tissue massage. If that doesn't work, acupuncture will be my next move.
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    Feb 03, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    jsowneon saidJust throwing this out there since I haven't really seen anything about it yet. But for anyone who has older dogs with joint pains you might want to look into acupuncture. Years ago I had a Lab/Retriever mix. I believe Labs are one breed that is know for getting joint problems in their back legs later in life. She wasn't able to get up and down stairs as she use to and had to be carried a lot of the time. Along with the pain cries when moving sometimes. The vet recommended acupuncture and there was a Great improvement. The treatments were monthly and afterwards she was able to get up and down stairs on her own and didn't appear to be in much pain at all. Overall it was differently worth it to make the last 2yrs of her life as pain free as possible.


    I've been considering acupuncture, but just today decided to go with a combo treatment which starts tomorrow. Instead of him swimming twice a week, I'm taking that down to once a week and replacing one of his swim sessions with this combo package. They'll be doing laser therapy, magnet therapy, agility ball (that blue peanut thing) and deep tissue massage. If that doesn't work, acupuncture will be my next move.


    Cool well I hope it goes well. I personally think the less medicated treatment can't be the most beneficial for the animal as long as their pain is minimal so all of those sound great.
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    Feb 03, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    I give my dog MSM, definitely helps keep her sound.
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    Feb 03, 2013 10:53 PM GMT
    First off, so glad to see a decent post. Second, I've had a 15+ year old Lab/Samoyed mix since he was 10 weeks old. He & I relocated to Los Angeles 14 years ago, and, I credit many friendships to having him with me. Over the course of the years, there's been two ACL surgery's (about 8K), a near lawsuit (my dumb ass gardner stuck his head inside my car where my dog was chilling and got his nose nearly torn off - yes, I was at fault - rediculous), and, for the last couple of years, coping with old doggie problems. I spend quite a lot each month on his care - three daily medications, special food, a dog walker to look in on him and his treats of course. As far as the money goes, I am lucky that I have it to make him more comfortable but often wonder what I would have done had I not had it. The meds help, but he is clearly more and more uncomfortable. I figure as long as he wants to eat, take his albeit very short strolls and every once in a while get in the cat's face, he still has some life to him. I miss our long strolls, trips to the dog parks and beaches, but try to enjoy his old age by sitting on the floor every day with him and petting him. I've been lucky to have had him for so long, and I know I will probably need to help him along soon, and I'd do it all again. Thanks for listening.