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    Unhappy Please help my little terrier

    Hi, Im new to this forum so please bear with me. My terrier cross Scrappy had a very bad start in life, and at just age 4 has been diagnosed with arthritis in both back legs. He is on Metacam daily, Tramadol when needed, Sashas blend and 1000mg of fish oil per day. I have also cut his food down so he can lose a bit of weight and cut carbs from his diet, any other tips or anything else I could add to his diet to help? Any answers will be sooooooo appreciated, thank you, Bella

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    The Sasha's blend will take 6-8 weeks to really show its effect, I've been told. I've known people who described its effect as close to a miracle, once it does start showing.

    The only other things I can think of I'm sure you already know. Make sure you keep her warm, give her a comfortable bed and do lots of gentle exercise. My previous dog had mild arthritis but her sighthound ancestry gave her sensitive bones. Her absolute favourite bed was an inflatable one. I had to order it from the US and it was massive. Had a washable cover on it. I know they sell some in Australia too, but they are quite expensive. Can highly recommend inflatable though. It eliminates pressure points. Only downside is that they get cold if the air is cold. Then again, they get cozy warm if you leave them in the sun for a while.

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    Thank you Beloz, yes I was told Sashas blend can take anywhere from 2- 8 weeks to take effect. Im also praying for the wet weather to leave Perth and the dry warm weather to come as I think that can only help. I bought him a draught excluding bed with high sides (except for the front where he goes in and out lol) which is great cos I dont have to worry about draughts getting to him. Inflatable bed sounds like a good idea except the vet said I must not have any cold against his body, maybe a heated ped bed would be the way to go?
    Im hoping that Ive covered everything in his diet??

    Next week he will be going on Cartrophen injections and have an x ray done, just to get a better pic of what is going on inside there : ) I feel so sad for him, he is only 4 years old, and had a very bad start in life, apparently up until the age of 18 months he lived in a yard, and the vet said he has hard knuckle syndrome which basically means for those first 18 months he probably slept on concrete. I could kick myself for not picking up this earlier and getting some prevention in long ago : ( : (

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    Hi Bella44.
    So sorry to hear about Scrappy having arthritis so young.
    My old girl has arthritis in both her back legs after having cruciate ligament opperations on both, and has just started developing arthritis in her elbows in the front legs.
    I do find exercise wise swimming is great for her as it takes the pressure off the joints as the water is supporting her weight and still gives her enough of a work out to make her tired.

    My girl is on Glucosamine tablets every day since the arthritis has started in her elbows and it seems to help a bit but no great miracles.
    I have found that my girl likes to be able to stretch out when she sleeps and not have her legs tucked up underneath her. Must have something to do with getting the weight and pressure off the joints again. She has her own three seater couch but is only on it occasionally as it just doesn't have the room for her. She has a dog bed on the floor during the day and at night now sleeps on a queen sized bed. It's just the guest bed and i never have any guests so she may as well make use of it.

    As you've already mentioned keeping them off hard cold concrete floors and keeping their weight down also helps greatly.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    Glucosamine? I have a little Jack Russell Terrier X Chihuahua I adopted at 8 months old. She injured her cruciate ligament in her left back knee and is now showing symptoms in her right knee. She is 5 years old and had to get her left ligament replaced at 4 years. I give her a glucosamine supplement from the vet and also give her mentally challenging games (Nina Ottosson toys/ kongs etc). She has a good exercise tolerance but sometimes starts limping or stops and I have to carry her or put her in a trolley.

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    Glucosamine is now evidence based that it has little to no efficacy in randomised controlled trials in humans with Arthritis
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Arthritis: Benefit is Unlikely
    I wonder, how much are you paying for this 'treatment' that is now found to not be beneficial in treatment of arthritis?

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    Glucosamine is now evidence based that it has little to no efficacy in randomised controlled trials in humans with Arthritis
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Arthritis: Benefit is Unlikely
    I wonder, how much are you paying for this 'treatment' that is now found to not be beneficial in treatment of arthritis?

    Warmer weather is coming, which will ease things especially swimming! I wish you well. Its horrid to think our best friends are sufferring, or in pain, especially one so young as 4yrs.

    sorry went to edit and it double posted?

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    bella44

    You haven't told us much about what you are feeding - just that you're not feeding or cut back on carbs - which doesn't tell us much.

    If you are feeding fish oil - you need to supplement vitamin E as well because lots of fish oil depletes the vitamin E and not enough of that causes all sorts of other nasty problems. Vitamin E is fairly common in vegetables (carbs). Some human fish oil comes combined with Vitamin E.

    Fish Oil For Dogs

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    Thanks Hya, that was an informative link and very timely for me as Misha's vet has recommended fish oil for her dry coat and skin.

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