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Limpy dog....

Post by Captain Chaos » 05 Jul 2010, 17:03

Poor Tulesi is a bit limpy on her back leg. It started yesterday, and it is when she gets up from lying down. Once she has walked about a little it eases. She hasn't broken anything, I think she has pulled a muscle. Any ideas as to how I can help ease her discomfort? I have brought her bed downstairs which is an off the ground bed, so easier for her to lie down on than the floor. I was going to lead walk her tomorrow, too because today she ran about like a thing possessed (she wasn't limping on the walk as she had loosened up). Does anyone know how much asprin is the right dose for a Giant? NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO SAY THE WORD ARTHRITUS, OK????? Let me be in denial a couple more days. (confused)
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Post by lysander » 05 Jul 2010, 17:36

Poor Tula. Duke had times when he was a bit stiff if he'd been lying for a while, but it came and went. When it first started I thought it was just a sign of him getting older, but then it would go away for ages. Maybe she's just overdone it and pulled a muscle. Hope so.

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Post by Sianny » 05 Jul 2010, 18:48

This happens to Jessie occasionally, she gets that almighty pitiful look on her face which she KNOWS gets her cwtches. I don't know much about asprin, sorry! When I worked in H&B lots of old people wearing sports gear used to go on and on about Glucosamine and Chondroitin, I wonder if vets prescribe that as a long term complimentary health suppliment?
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Post by Captain Chaos » 05 Jul 2010, 18:50

She's already on that....although she is a master at finding it buried in her food and managing to eat all her food and leave the tablet in the middle of the empty dish......clever trick given the size of her beard.
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Post by Sianny » 05 Jul 2010, 18:55

Ohh what a darling! lol
Btw, long term complimentary health suppliment is not something I can say in real life ;)
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Post by august23 » 05 Jul 2010, 19:07

Poor Tula, I will send Otts to rub her leg if Minxster doesn't mind. When Connie had a limp she was on Metacam for ten days, & lead walking only. It did the trick. Good luck.
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Post by Joni » 05 Jul 2010, 19:44

When Dylan has done a lot of running he gets very limpy. I give half a paracetamol - I think you can give a full one, I have always been a bit wimpy.

Do you give cod liver oil tablets and glucosamine with food? We do and convince ourselves that it helps.

Lead walking helps, as we notice a difference between days Dyl is on and off lead, although he has a hip problem I suspect the same applies.

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Post by riiseni » 05 Jul 2010, 21:24

Archie can have a whole paracetamol, so I would think it won't do Tula any harm.
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Post by Captain Chaos » 06 Jul 2010, 08:17

After a good sleep she seems considerably better today - I have lead walked her which went down very badly with The Tula Bear, but she is now sulking on her sofa so I will keep an eye to see if the improvement continues.
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Post by Captain Chaos » 06 Jul 2010, 14:49

It's come back again.....I am very confused. She was fine, she went out for her walk, all was absolutely as normal, then at 2ish she got off her sofa (gently) after a nap and her back leg was stiff again.......it was the afternoon she had problems yesterday, too......this is all a bit odd. Again, she can walk it off. I will give it a couple of days and if it keeps happening I will take her to the vet.
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Post by riiseni » 06 Jul 2010, 20:41

I know you didn't want to hear this, but to me is most certainly sounds like a.......is, sorry. Lizzie has osteoa....is and her right hind leg is worse then the left one. She has carthrofen jab once a month and she hasn't been lame for a long time [she was reall bad]. I would suggest that you put her on some glucosamine and chondroitin, but be a bit careful with cod liver oil cause a wrong dose of it will do more bad than good. Is she insured?
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Post by henrys mum » 07 Jul 2010, 19:59

I've got Henry on Joint Aid for dogs as it's got chondritin, glucosamine, msm and other stuff in it and it's little pellets so it's harder to leave in their bowl, He had intermittant stiffness on waking and this seems to be doing the trick. He's on a half of the recommended dose then I up the dose when its wet and cold.
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Post by Captain Chaos » 08 Jul 2010, 07:45

Yep, but my Glucosamin Chondroitin is from Wilkinsons and about £3 for 90...... having said that, there is a company locally to be called "Healthy Paws" who have just given me a herbal supplement you can give to dogs....it looks really good in terms of the content but a little pricy http://healthypaws.co.uk/shop/product_i ... c1d0f42b93
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Post by Captain Chaos » 09 Jul 2010, 15:57

Tules has had to go to the vet - just a tip - because the symptom is not constant, I videoed it on my camera which was very useful in terms of the vet being able to see the problem! Tula, of course, was not going to limp in front of the vet, that would be far too easy.
Anyhooo, first stop is anti infammatories (which means it could be A.......... hrmph) and she is not allowed out to walk for a week. Then we will look at it again and see how she is. Actually since she had the anti infammatories she has been a pain in the ass running around, playing with Minx's toys, etc, so I presume she does feel a little better on it.
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Post by sugarbear » 09 Jul 2010, 16:22

They never do the behaviour at the vets, good idea taking a video. I hope he heals with the anti-inflammatories.
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