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  • dog with hip pain

    My sweet dog is 11 years this spring. this past fall I noticed she is a bit slow when she gets up, sometimes her first step or two is stiff.
    I have taken her to the vet and had hip xrays, was told there is only a tiny bit of change in one hip, not enough to cause discomfort.
    I started her on a gd quality glucosamine/chondroitin which did seem to make an improvement.
    Yesterday when she got up from laying down she rose very stiffly, her hind end somewhat slower than her front, she kept one hind leg off the ground only lightly weighting it for several minutes.
    Then her first couple of steps were head bobbing lame.
    to me that is sore!

    What kind of pain relief can I give her?

  • #2
    You would get a lot more response over in the menagerie forum, so you may want to ask the mods to move this.

    My lab mix has hip dysplaysia, and what worked best was Adequan. It's the same stuff we give horses, just a lower dose. After several months she is back jumping up on the bed. Be patient; it takes a while.

    We also put her on Rimadyl, to no noticeable effect, but my neighbor's dog improved overnight on it, so try both.
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    • #3
      Fish oil capsules might help, then the big guns, Adequan or anti-inflammatories. There's always Tramadol too.


      • #4
        Aside from supplements, acupuncture helps some dogs. My parents' dog has arthritis and they were actually considering putting her down two years ago because she seemed so miserable and had mobility issues. But glucosamine (the Ubavet kind) and acupuncture completely changed her and she even runs now.

        I hope you find something that works for your dog. It's so hard to see them in pain.


        • #5
          My neighbor tells me that he's found a big difference between the name brand glucosamine/chondriotin supplement and the generic for his dog.


          • #6
            My old guy did this and we found out he had bone cancer. He did this for about a year, did hip xrays, pain meds, glucosamine, rimadyl, tramadol, adequin, and an array of other stuff to try and help him. Then 2 days before I had to put him down from this the vet came out and I had him look at him again. Now he had just had an exam a month before and was fine, but this time he felt the tumor in the bone or whatever, it's been a few years now but he told me the horrible news . He said it's a very aggressive cancer and he probably only had a month or so before he was eaten up with it and his leg was very vulnerable to breaking at this point. This is why I let him go, I couldn't imagine him having to go through the pain of his leg breaking here at home and he was so big I couldn't have gotten him up on my own and with only a month maybe I just had to let him go. Anyways point of ll this is talk with your vet about this possibility, also
            hip dysplaysia is a possibility but xrays should show that.

            Eta. For the year we had no clue he had bone cancer, and we couldn't figure out the problem
            Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


            • #7
              First off, ensure that the hips are the problem - often slow to rise can be a sign of referred discomfort (knees, back, abdomen etc). You would be suprised how many dogs have cruciate disease that dont show consistent lameness. If it really is arthritis related thats good...because theres lots of treatment options:

              Stage 1: Neutraceuticals such as glucosamine (remember you get what you pay for - theres good and not so good glucosamine products), adequan/polyglycan, fish oil. Exercise and maintaining lean bodyweight.

              Stage 2: NSAIDs such as metacam, dermaxx, rimadyl, previcox

              Stage 3: Opioids or synthetics such as Tramadol.

              Stage (anytime) Physiotherapy, Accupuncture

              Medical management for arthritis has come a long way Hopefully you can maintain in stage 1 as long as possible, knowing there are always further stages and combinations available.


              • #8
                Loading dose of Adequan


                • #9
                  Originally posted by rabicon View Post
                  My old guy did this and we found out he had bone cancer. . Anyways point of ll this is talk with your vet about this possibility

                  Eta. For the year we had no clue he had bone cancer, and we couldn't figure out the problem
                  Yup. My dog who I recently lost in December had the exact same problem except I knew it was cancer. Kept her comfortable on tramadol.

                  Could see the tumor jutting out of her hip eventually - size of a softball.
                  She was almost 13 - I still miss her - most awesome GSD mix ever!!


                  • #10
                    So sorry. It really stinks I miss him so much. Mine was a catahoola x aust shep. When he found the tumor it was smaller but where it was on the leg was what made it so prone to breaking very easy.
                    Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


                    • #11
                      As mentioned in my thread, my dog was much the same way and I had him x-rayed thinking arthritis or dysplasia, but it turned out to be bone cancer, too. Diagnosed at Halloween, in the end stages now.



                      • #12
                        Yes, but most hip pain in older dogs is arthritis, not bone cancer. The old hearing hoofbeats and thinking horses vs zebras.


                        • #13
                          True, but it is a good point that you want to rule out immediately life-threatening conditions when you suspect arthritis. Everyone - vets and owners - tend to think arthritis when an older pet slows down, but obviously older pets are also at a higher risk for diseases like cancer. Not just bone cancer, either - both my previous dogs were initially thought to have arthritis when their early cancer symptoms began presenting.

                          My current arthritis hound takes fish oil supplements, dasuquin and rimadyl daily. She has tramadol if she seems very sore. She still has some discomfort - is cautious lying down, for example, but seems happy. I think the best treatment, once the pain is under control, is frequent gentle exercise. Also lifestyle changes help - orthopedic dog bed, raised food/water bowls, limiting the exposure to stairs.


                          • #14
                            Make sure she isn't overweight as well, but I'm sure the vet would have mentioned this already.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                              Yes, but most hip pain in older dogs is arthritis, not bone cancer. The old hearing hoofbeats and thinking horses vs zebras.
                              Correct but she also said not much change in the X-rays which seem to point to something else.
                              Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


                              • Original Poster

                                Yeah the xrays were just 6 weeks ago, both hips, vet said they looked good.
                                I will call her today and see what she says.
                                Are the pain meds mentioned available over the counter or prescription?

                                I will check around for acupuncture in my area. thanks