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  1. I’m thinking of trying PRP for Gabe’s arthritis. He has a pinched nerve around the hinge of his spine which has caused sever abdominal seizures. He also has bad arthritis affecting all joints, including a major loss of cartilage and muscle in his shoulders and hips. He still does well on Gabapentin and Meloxicam for the most part, but I’m looking for a more long term solution, and more solutions as he gets older as I know it will only get worse. His quality of life is still great at this point, he loves his walks and insists they be at least two hours a day. But I can see he is in pain. (More dramatic pain if he doesn’t move around as much, so walks seem to do him good). I also use the back on track wraps and they worked wonders for him, but now the effectiveness seems less and less. No doubt because of the scar tissue that is forming as his arthritis gets worse. He’s on cbd, and all the omega and glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin supplements with bromelian and boswelia. If I can trick him into eating devil’s claw I will try that as well. Laser therapy does not seem to do anything, and cartophen started to make him sick. Too many meds in general make him sick which makes his arthritis flare up.
  2. Wondering if anyone has done back surgery on on older greyhound? I’ve done three in the past on younger dachshunds, but am not sure what to do for my older hound should that be the recommendation on Monday. My beautiful 9 yo greyhound started limping and favoring (sometimes not using) her back right leg approximately three months ago. The vet did an exam and it’s her back, lower back. He put her on carprofen and she did better, in fact no more limping - but she took a bad fall (lots of scrapes and blood - one wound still healing) and stumbled another time, and that can be a side effect of carprofen so I stopped it after about 7 weeks. We saw the vet again a week later and he said to take her off of it because it didn’t seem as though it made much difference in her pain during exam although he thought the fall was a result of her back problem not the carprofen. But, he wanted us to see a neurosurgeon for an MRI or myelogram to “make sure we aren’t missing anything.” (Like a spinal tumor which one of his dogs had.) So, with my dachshunds they went from myelogram straight into surgery, but one wasn’t able to walk and the others were having difficulty. They clearly needed surgery ASAP. And, they were younger. I’m concerned I may be asked if I want to go to surgery Monday depending on results of whatever type of scan. And, I’m just not sure about surgery given she has some discomfort but she is walking (odd gait though), no longer holding her right leg up, eating, pooping (although in an odd position), and doing pretty well. I still give her carprofen about once a day, not twice anymore. No gabapentin or tramadol - yet. So, has anyone done a spine surgery on a greyhound? Advice? Results? If I decide against surgery - is there any point in an expensive scan that she will have to be anesthetized for? I’m just not sure what to do for my beautiful brindle girl. Our appointment is Monday. Thx.
  3. 5-year old male greyhound with no history of health issues has gradually lost appetite over the past few weeks and is now unsteady when walking, minor dragging of rear paws (almost, but not quite knuckling), has weak back end, wobbly when pooping and when lifting his leg to pee. Although appetite is poor, all GI appears to be operating within expected parameters (good stool, no diarrhea). Vet visit this morning, suspects back issues, blood drawn (results tomorrow), meds given for pain, canned food given to stimulate appetite. His family is worried. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, GG
  4. I've been meaning to ask this question, but I keep forgetting. Two months ago Robin got very sick and was at the emergency specialty center. As part of our diagnostics at the time, we did xrays of the entire lateral spine. Robin has had hind end weakness that has gotten worse in recent months. In a lot of ways, from what I have read on GT, he has exhibited as a classic LS greyhound, but my vet wasn't quite sure since his reactions didn't seem solely in the LS region. I had been meaning to get x-rays done, and now I have them. But I never got a clear explanation of what they found, though I get the basic idea. And I keep forgetting to ask my vet to translate that part of the report for me. Here is what the report says: "There was narrowing of the intervertebral spaces around T12-L2 and stair-stepping at the lumbosacral junction with bridging spondylosis. These findings.....may indicate compression of the spinal cord in this area and may be the cause for chronic hindlimb weakness." Can someone translate this for me? Is it medical-speak for lumbosacral stenosis? Or something else? Or more general? It is hard to research and get ideas on how to help him feel his best when I don't know what he has. Can anyone help?
  5. I have a 3 1/2 year old boy who has been suffering attacks of extreme pain in his front limbs for several months now. His blood tests are all normal including a test for tic borne diseases. He has seen an orthopedic surgeon and two neurologists and had an MRI. The specialists all felt that it was systemic. His urine analysis was also mostly normal except for high protien, 1.3 instead of .5 so not a huge issue but he is on meds now for that. When we put him on prednisone three weeks ago he looked like he dropped 10 pounds within 24 hours from an apparent reduction in swelling. Then he promptly dropped about 12 pounds of actual weight. He is getting canned puppy food along with his regular dry in attempt to prevent further weight loss. He is now also on gabepentin for the pain. His pain attacks come at anytime of the day or night and regardless of activity or lack thereof. The gabapentin seems to finally have controlled the attacks but he is still suffering from low level pain pretty much constantly. Now that it is somewhat under control the source of most of his pain seems to come from his lower spine. My vets are at a loss and their latest recommendation is taking him to Colorado State (I live in Utah). Needless to say the financial strain is getting high but I can't leave him in constant pain. If anyone has any suggestions, of other diagnostic tests, a diagnosis or anything else me, my vet, and my boy would be absolutely thrilled to hear it. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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