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    Question 13 year old lab with suspected osteoarthritis

    Hi Guys,

    I'm the proud parent of a beautiful 13 year old lab who is the light of my life. I've recently lost my job and he has been my rock through this tough emotional and financial time.

    This week I've been noticing him slow to get started, to me it's looking like osteoarthritis in his hips or back legs.

    My house is on the side of a steep hill and he's having trouble getting up the stairs to get to the grass so toileting on the back porch. I don't if he's in pain; he's way too happy to show it if he is.

    I've spoken to my vet's nurse over the phone today to get some general information while I save for a vet visit and she let me know some of the treatments and their costs.

    Is there anything anyone can recommend that might help my boy before we see the vet in two weeks? His bed is warm, off the ground; I'm ok with him toileting on the back porch. He's uninterested in walks and doesn't like water so exercising options are limited. There wasn't more the vet nurse could help with until we came in for a check up.

    Any advice would be fantastic. Thank you!

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    Hi kaboom, so sorry to hear that you have been going through a bad patch, and that your lab is now having problems.
    I don't have any suggestions but I'm sure others will be able to offer advice.
    What's your boy's name?

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    Hi Grevillea47,

    Thanks for the kind words

    My boys name is Thor

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    There is nothing I could really recommend having not seen the dog and not being a vet but a few of the general things when a dog gets older is good quality food and keeping him at a good light weight.

    Another thing to discuss with your vet if it comes to pain killers is asking for a human equivalent. One of my dogs get a low dosage of mobic, much cheaper than dog grade painkillers, my vet writes the script at no charge to me as I just pick it up from the counter when needed, though of course he did initially see the dog to discuss options.

    For one of my old dogs my ex rigged up an old stroller we had picked up off council clean up. This meant she got mental stimulation, but we only let her walk on the flat areas.

    Good luck with your old boy, as long as they are happy I'm happy, we're all entitled to get old and a bit slow.

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    I've heard great things about Sasha's Blend. There's a cheaper supplement with the same ingredients, but I forgot what it's called now. I know a couple of people who have used it for their old dogs with arthritis (and one on her horse too) and they saw a great improvement in mobility after a few weeks. It does take that long for it to take effect, but once it does, it is apparently noticeable overnight.

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    Ive heard of great results through Sasha's Blend also.
    And 2nd hand doors make excellent disabled ramps for dogs.

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    Hi Kaboom, Not a vet so I can only draw from my experience with one of my border collies. I was living in Sydney when he turned 12, the colder days in winter brought on a similar condition, quite obvious he was in some pain. A tip from a friend helped his condition quite significantly, I started feeding him a tin of sardines in springwater each day (obviously the fish oil component) Woolies has them for about 50 cents a can. He was a touch overweight so I got the weight down and then as fate would have it we moved to brisbane, the warmer climate coupled with the fish oil and weight loss removed the problem for the rest of his life, I got him to 16y and he died of an unrelated condition. Hope that helps. Regards. Mick.

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    Hi kaboom...am wondering how you went with Thor.

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    Very sorry about your dog, my 9 yr old Rottie has Arthritis and she is on omegalife Glucosamine 1500 mg there are 180 tablets at $24 and she has one per day as recommended by the vet. you can use any brand as these are for humans too.
    Chloe & Zorro
    Rottweilers and German Shepherds are Family

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