I have 5 dogs, two which have spine and hip issues. To start, I adopted a pit mix in 2011. During the first year I had noticed some slight whining when I picked her (backend) up to put her on the bed but couldn't imagine what was going on. Never having dealt with a dog with spine or hip issues, I didn't know what was going on. I watched her as time went on. Then I think she had a UTI so I decided to give her some Cephalexin (antibiotic). After one day of that, she was screaming in pain. I took her to the vet and I was assuming maybe the meds made her stomach hurt. So back home we came. After a few days everything seemed ok again. I started her back on the Cephalexin. (see this page about these types of antibiotics and how the effect dogs with joint issues) AGAIN, she started crying...not able to hardly walk. Back to the vet we went. This time for x-rays to check everything. That's when I found out she had spondylosis. She was supposedly 3 yrs old so I was shocked, BUT she appears that before I adopted her she had some sort of injury...possibly hit by a car at one time. She has a big scar on her right hip. Also a larger than normal right wrist joint. I had that x-rayed as well. Arthritis. Long story short, in 4 years she has had stem cell surgery and therapy done. Has been on multiple pain meds for severe pain. We have had x-rays done several times since first diagnosed. Her spondylosis is SEVERE! When she first really went down (in severe pain, crying and couldn't hardly walk), I had her on pain meds daily. Out of 4 different pain meds, it only seemed to knock the edge off. She was in bad shape. I was hand feeding her and giving her water. It was extremely stressful and a difficult time for us. My vet recommended Adequan for her. So he gave her a shot and told me I could give them at home. So we started doing these. After 2 months of twice a week, FINALLY I started to see her being a dog again. And I honestly have to say, if it wasn't for Adequan, I know she wouldn't be with us today. Her pain and suffering was so great. So Diamond (pictured above) will remain on Adequan for the rest of her life. During all of this, I put her on a raw diet. I began my crusade into the dog world of better health and enrolling in college courses into Natural Pet Care and have studied extensively Canine Arthritis. I search all the time for better natural remedies to help her as well as others to help their dogs live a long pain free life. If Diamond can do it, so can you and your dog. The stem cell worked for 4 months only. It was a research/trial for her since there was not enough research done with dogs that have spondylosis. But to get 4 months out of it was great. We recently did a second dose and she's been doing extra good (lasted 6 months). An Adequan injection lasts her 2 1/2 weeks-3 weeks. With the stem cell, I have been going a month without any issues. I haven't stopped the Adequan this time with stem cell because last time when I did she came down off of it hard. I thought I would never get her back to walking pain free. So to be safe, we have remained on it but doing it every 4 weeks instead. She gets a list of supplements as well as her raw diet. Also I give her a daily massage, stimulating the spine where the main blood flow occurs, helping to provide oxygen to her damaged area's. FYI, since I started all of this, I had her x-rayed after 2 years since her last x-rays and I must say, the vet was amazed. He looked at them and thought..OMG these are bad..but when he compared them to her x-rays from 2 yrs earlier, there was absolutely no change. So I feel strongly that because of ALL of this that we have done, this has kept her from getting worse. She has been pain free for over a year now and I am extremely happy with these results.
So I truly believe in natural remedies along with a healthy diet and supplements. So this tells me others can benefit in the same way. I have found many are too lazy to do this and go ahead and throw kibble in the bowl and then when the dog gets too bad, have it put down. This BREAKS MY HEART! Our pets are our children. They need and depend on us to help them. So why now help! Don't take the easy way out. It isn't fair to your dog.
My next story is about my other girl. My other pit bull(AST)/Am. bulldog mix (Sydney) went lame on me. I had always noticed a slight stumble on occasion with her and so I had kept an eye on her. Well January 2015, everything changed. One day her front legs were acting funny. She was limping but it seemed to be with both legs. I was stumped on what could be going on. (stroke maybe). So I decided I was going to watch her for a day or so and then take her in. Well on the 3rd day, her front legs were fine and the back right leg she could barely walk with and her knee bowed straight out from her. I couldn't imagine what was going on. I rushed her to the vet and we did all sorts of tests. Blood work, x-rays etc. My vet which is an advanced orthopedic vet had no clue on the knee but he did find she had spondylosis also and hip dysplasia. The left hip is the worst. Her RIGHT knee/leg is where her problem was showing at. He thought it could be nerve related in her back and it caused her limbs to do all they did. It made sense. The only way to know is with an MRI. That wasn't going to happen since they are $2,500+. So, we came home and she didn't walk much. I had to help her walk to go pee. I spoke with my vet again to see about doing a diagnostic test with her knee. Even though the x-rays didn't show a torn ACL, he wanted to try a $200 test with injecting lidocaine into the joint direct like they do horses. And if she walked on it afterwards, then it was her ACL. If not then it wasn't her knee at all. So back home we came. No sign of torn ACL. For a month she laid around..trying to let that leg heal. Then I decided to start Hydrotherapy. On our visits we also were doing laser therapy then the water therapy. We did this for 6 weeks twice a week. What a difference. She regained her muscle mass back at about 60% and was able to walk on her own. Her knee was still bowed out but not like it was. So after 6 weeks of hydro, laser, massage, chiropractic adjustments and sound wave therapy at home, I decided on a pool for her in the yard so I could continue therapy. I took up a donation since I was already out $1500 on her and broke. I raised the funds for a pool and built a ramp and deck for it. We did that the entire summer. Now that winter has come on, we have been taking short walks. She is now walking perfectly. Her knee isn't bowing out anymore. (only if she has really over did it and she is hurting will it bow) but this is rare now. Yes she has been on a raw diet and gets the supplements as well. Also we immediately put her on Adequan as well to help her. She doesn't show pain so I had to take notice with her limping. Her limping is what tells me her pain level. During all of this, the therapist thought it was her hip that was bothering her but the knee bowing out stumped him. The neurologist didn't have a clue and didn't offer any thoughts either. Ggrr. Did not like him. So all of this time, her left hip is bad and she was putting all of her weight onto that hip due to the other (right) leg being like it was. So she was really hurting. With all of the therapy, walks, diet, supplements and Adequan injections, now she is walking perfectly. She did have a slight bunny hop though and we added in CanineActiv and that has completely eliminated the bunny hops.
Back to the knee, this is what I THINK happened. I think she had some sort of a stroke or possibly ruptured a disc sending her limbs into this chaos..showing mostly in the front legs at first. Once the pressure shifted, it went into the back leg causing a full tear in one of her adductor muscles. That's like a groin muscle. (see image below) Because of this full tear, it was more comfortable for her to turn her knee outward to relieve the pain. And due to this loss of muscle strength in her leg allowing her knee to bow out when she walked even though it no longer hurt. With much therapy, she has regained full use of her leg. I have seen her bunny hopping the last few months..due to her hip dysplasia but now she is no longer doing that either since we started our short walks.
So with everything I have experienced and studied, I am now convinced that after 2 dogs walking perfectly again, that this can be applied to other dogs lives and help them get their miracle. I have faith in making things possible. Work with me and I can help you help your dog walk better again without pain. I believe!
I have video's of Sydney of before and after of her walking along with pics as well.
Always believe and you may have your miracle. It takes time, patience, work and love to make it happen. And yes a few extra dollars in your belt, but they are our children. What else would we do!?
Update: Here it is July 2017, another problem has risen. Sydney tore her ACL. Seems to be a partial tear. So we have been doing A LOT of therapy at home, a lot of stronger supplements and anti inflammatory herbs and we will start Hydrotherapy soon. It's been a tough go. I did get her a soft knee brace and it seems to help her walk a little free'r although walking wears her out. She tires easily. She's been a little depressed as well but has mostly better days. I really recommend these leg braces. I can see where it helps a lot. Will update later on her progress. But this is ANOTHER long road of healing again. This girl can't catch a break..nor can I.
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