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#102533 - 11/09/10 12:46 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: DnP]
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Big thumbs up for both acupuncture and hydrotherapy - I use both for my Max.

Indy had periods of paw knuckling - there's a thread about it somewhere here on the forum. Chiropractic care helped a lot.

Towards the end I also added a touch of ginkgo (had to be careful of her heart), and that seemed to help her circulation. I'm also a big believer in Alpha Lipoic Acid for nervous system issues, and scullcap for acute pain flair-up.
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#102565 - 11/09/10 02:07 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: MaxaLisa]
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I can't agree more about the chiropractic care and acupuncture. We've been doing that for Aodhán ever since I saw her knuckle a rear foot a few months back. It's made a world of difference for her and she's much more energetic and playful than she had been for a while. (Admittedly, I think I caught her problem pretty early.)
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#102569 - 11/09/10 02:17 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: DnP]
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I forgot to add, the things I mentioned were what we did with my Golden who had spondylosis and DJD and at 11 she was also walking 2-3+ miles a day; and also with my terrier who had arthritis.
Vets who saw my Golden as she got older and her spondylosis got worse could hardly believe it was that bad until they looked at the x-rays, because she moved so well. My vet said a lot of that was due to keeping her exercise level up. We also did supplements and the acupuncture, chiro and hydrotherapy as I mentioned...
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#103168 - 11/11/10 11:38 AM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Chicago Canine]
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Max used to be on Rimadyl for arthritis and bad elbows, but we switched all that around earlier this year to use only supplements and that made a huge difference for him. His current daily combo is Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Ester-C and Fish oil. And we have the full support of our vet in doing this for him, she really likes the improvements she has seen in him since we started this. And of course, she really likes that we keep him active.

I have found a couple of places around here where they do acupunkture and I will get something set up for Max next week. Also ordering him some boots smile

Thanks again for all the great suggestions. I will update on how we are progressing.

From this past summer - hard to tell since he is standing in water but his rear end is starting to "sink a bit" . Will get some better ones this weeked.


Edited by Charlotte (11/11/10 11:47 AM)

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#103206 - 11/11/10 01:33 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte]
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Sounds like you have done great with him so far, glad you are trying the acupuncture too!

I hate that "sinking hind end". I see it here in my Max too. He has some significant back issues.

Looking forward to positive updates!
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#103232 - 11/11/10 03:35 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte]
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Sending big hugs hugging to Max... he is really a very distinguished older gentleman!
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#103578 - 11/12/10 02:17 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Tessa's Mom]
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Originally Posted By: Tessa's Mom
Sending big hugs hugging to Max... he is really a very distinguished older gentleman!



Thank you. I will tell him you said so wink

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#103689 - 11/12/10 10:13 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte]
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Canine
My vet said a lot of that was due to keeping her exercise level up.


I'm wondering about slowing down the pace a bit - maybe more mileage at a slower speed?

Since reading this last week, I've been watching Morgan's motion more carefully when we're out. She's starting to hop or bounce a bit on her back toes when she's walking fast. If we go slower, she floats like she always used to.

LOL not that it would be a bad thing for Otto to make him walk a little slower. Beast still tries to walk me. Step step, foos, step step, foos.
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#104311 - 11/14/10 03:20 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: SunCzarina]
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Vinyl nail caps prevent injury to the nail and prevent wearing down to the quick when the dog drags the paw: http://www.softpaws.net/

Feli's rehab vet recommended them, and they worked well. Had to replace them ca every 6 weeks. Easy to do, not expensive. When I ordered the wrong size at first, the company exchanged immediately, very helpful. The caps were developed to keep dog nails from scratching and have been re-purposed by rehab vets.

Once they are on, the dog doesn't notice them anymore. Much better than boots for that purpose.

Physical therapy and acupuncture were very helpful, too.
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#110288 - 12/01/10 03:16 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: shepnterrier]
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Max adjusted to wearing his boots like a champ, but he has already worn a whole in one. I also noticed a "bump" on his spine, like the spine is curving upwards in the middle of his back. Any thoughts on this??

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