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#148385 - 04/12/11 02:34 PM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: BowWowMeow]
Charlotte Offline
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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
I'm sorry to hear that Max is slowing down more. Do you have a good harness for him? I used a harness to get Chama up and down the stairs. It made a HUGE difference because neither she nor I had to worry about her falling.


He took his first tumble down the stairs this morning, scared me more then him I think. I had not considered using a harness, so thank you, that is an excellent idea and will give me peace of mind. I do have a nice leather harness with a handle on the back that should work great for helping him up and down the stairs.

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#148392 - 04/12/11 03:41 PM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: Charlotte]
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C, I have this for Gracie and love it!!!!! http://www.ruffwear.com/Web-Master-Harness I think it is softer and has more room in it than a leather harness (tho yours may be just fine, this is only what I have experience with). hugging to all of you!!!!!!
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#148419 - 04/12/11 05:26 PM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: Charlotte]
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I stopped breathing for a minute! OMG, poor sweet Max, I can only imagine how frustrating it is for him...

give he a big hug and rub for me! hugging
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#148426 - 04/12/11 06:12 PM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: Tessa's Mom]
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The time of our dogs winding down is so difficult - and even more so when it is because of such a dreadful illness.

Hugs to you and Max. hugging

I hope for him more good days than bad and for you more joy than sadness.
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#148526 - 04/13/11 05:43 AM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: PositiveDog]
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Originally Posted By: PositiveDog
The time of our dogs winding down is so difficult - and even more so when it is because of such a dreadful illness.

Hugs to you and Max. hugging

I hope for him more good days than bad and for you more joy than sadness.


This is said so well.... hugging


There are a variety of harnesses in one of the senior sections in a sticky - there are a variety of them, and I think the Web Master is a favorite. They have one that has more support too.
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#148606 - 04/13/11 11:30 AM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thank you so much hugging it is rough to see them age like this.

Beating myself up this morning for not putting his shoe on. Figure it was just a short potty break, literally around the block, and I figure we would be ok, but not so. He had scraped open two of his nail quicks in his back foot. He is all patched up again and looked rather content when I left for work and I promised myself and him not to make that misstake ever again.

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#148667 - 04/13/11 02:11 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte]
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I'm sorry both of you are having to go through this. I lost Uzi several years ago to DM. You might find that Max will eventually have to learn to accept the boots. I also did acupuncture, but in addition to that, I got a TENS unit for him and gave him daily treatments. I think the TENS really delayed the muscle wasting quite a bit. He had to have several clipped areas, but it was worth it.
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#148679 - 04/13/11 03:20 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: cindy_s]
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He actually does not mind his boots. I just didn't put them on since we were just walking around the block. Shame on me.

What is a TENS unit?

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#148686 - 04/13/11 04:33 PM Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte]
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If he's doing OK right now without the boots, don't worry about them. Uzi had gotten to the point that if he was out for 5 minutes, the tops of his back feet would be bloody. That's when I went to boots full time when he was outside. A TENS units is a device that stimulates nerves. It also causes muscle contractions. There are also muscle stimulators, but I've found that the TENS alone produced enough muscle contractions to do the job. If you go the acupuncture route, I'm certain that person will be able to set you up and assist you with a TENS. I don't think it is a documented and studied therapy for DM, but my acupuncture vet got me to try it. It's one of those things that will not hurt them, but it MIGHT help. Uzi lived well for 1 1/2 years after he was diagnosed. Another thing I did was swimming. He was not able to swim on his own after awhile, so I got him a life vest and brought him in the pool with me assisting him. If nothing else, he had a great time getting back in the water again. We also had him on a low dose of prednisone. I can't remember how long he was on it. That was one of the towards the end things. It was probably like 6 months or so.
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#148734 - 04/13/11 10:25 PM Re: Max has DM :( - update [Re: GraciesMommy]
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Originally Posted By: GraciesMommy
C, I have this for Gracie and love it!!!!! http://www.ruffwear.com/Web-Master-Harness I think it is softer and has more room in it than a leather harness (tho yours may be just fine, this is only what I have experience with). hugging to all of you!!!!!!


That is the harness Max wore. Love it!! If you don't want to buy one I can send you Max's. It is in the drawer now for Kayos to use one day hopefully far away.
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