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    Default Help Needed for Arthritus!

    hi everyone!
    My dads labrador Kody has just turned 10 & has been suffering arthritus for approx. 3 years now, but lately we have noticed a decline in his mobility and eating. I have had him to the vet for his shot that he gets every 3 months and he is on medication plus we give him sachas blend everyday. The vet has simply told us to keep him comfortable and we may have another 8-12 months with him. Was just wondering if anyone knows of anything that can help with arthritus?
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    Well, if he's having acrtrophen or the likes, other medication, and you've also got him on Sahsa's Blend etc, well there's not much more you can do in that way IMO. I'm sorry.

    However, something I can recommend at this stage of his life is a heated bed. You can get them in specialist outlet pet shops, and I think I've even seen some of them on eBay. Like humans with arthritis, the heat really does help to relieve the pain somewhat and make them more comfortable.

    Look, seriously worth a try, as I have seen great results with them.

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    Dislexic (?) tonight, sorry. Lol.

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    I just purchased a heated bed for him on Saturday (After going to the pet store to get him a reward for being so good at the vet...lol) only problem is he doesn't like it and we can't figure out why. He has never had problems with beds before. I have now placed his blanket on top of the heated bed and he will lay on it when told to but as soon as he can he will get off again. It is very odd.
    Someone I met said to try him on apple cider vinegar but'I'm doubtfully it will help. As I already have him on other things. Have you ever heard of apple cider vinegar being used? I know it works for horses with arthritus.

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    I'm cautious (VERY) with apple cidar vinegar, I'm sorry.

    Try giving your dog food or treats on his bed, and slowly introduce him to it. Of course if it's as hot where you live as her ATM, he probably won't want to get onto it yet. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmad View Post
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    I just purchased a heated bed for him on Saturday (After going to the pet store to get him a reward for being so good at the vet...lol) only problem is he doesn't like it and we can't figure out why. He has never had problems with beds before. I have now placed his blanket on top of the heated bed and he will lay on it when told to but as soon as he can he will get off again. It is very odd.
    Someone I met said to try him on apple cider vinegar but'I'm doubtfully it will help. As I already have him on other things. Have you ever heard of apple cider vinegar being used? I know it works for horses with arthritus.
    Yep, and its good for humans also. Have you tried MSM -- Glucosamine Chondroitin Joint Support. I'm not sure how it compares with Sashas Blend, ingredient wise that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeiLuver View Post
    Yep, and its good for humans also. Have you tried MSM -- Glucosamine Chondroitin Joint Support. I'm not sure how it compares with Sashas Blend, ingredient wise that is.
    No I have never tried it or even heard of it but i will be giving it a try now. Do you know where I would be able to buy it?
    Thanks for the help.

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    Your local health shop will have it, and possibly in the health section at the supermarket.

    I think you're in Melbourne, here in Sydney there is a Vet called Dr Barbara Fougere who practices alternative therapies (homeopathy/naturopathy). I believe she does over the phone consults with other vets for clients which don't live in Sydney, which might be worth looking into. Her website is All Natural Vet Care :: An Integrative Approach to Veterinary Care Her clients rave about her, although I admit I've never met her or been to her vet (luckily never had to).

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    ok thanks GAG. He has had acupuncture for it but that didn't go well, as he is terrified on needles and vomits when one is put near him but I might try homeopathy/naturopathy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmad View Post
    No I have never tried it or even heard of it but i will be giving it a try now. Do you know where I would be able to buy it?
    Thanks for the help.
    I got it at the Chemist Warehouse, brand is Blackmores, the large one 500gr. cost me $44, but any chemist sells it. I sprinkle a large teaspoon full over Geishas food and mix it in. Good luck with Kody.

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