Miles will be 6 in February. Over the past week or so, he's been very stiff after waking up from a nap, and definitely favors his left hind leg. I suspect a little arthritis in the hip, and ironically I had a hard time getting off the couch after Googling canine arthritis because my own hip locks up fairly frequently. Isn't that darling? After a few minutes aware and moving, he's fine. We've still been walking every day, and he's had no issues there. If he forgets, he'll take off after the cat right when he wakes up like nothing's wrong, but comes to regret that pretty quickly.
He has a vet appointment next Wednesday for his heartworm test and to discuss this, but in the meantime, is there anything I can do for him at home? He has two dog beds, but usually ends up sleeping on the kitchen floor at night-we don't know why, but he's chosen the hard floor since he was a puppy. Should we still be walking him? It's about a mile, at a brisk pace. Can I give him something to help with the pain? I thought about starting him on glucosamine (and maybe myself, too!) but I'm guessing that's going to be more of a long-term help. I'm more interested right now in making it till his appointment without him being too pathetic.
Well it's hard to tell you what to do since you aren't 100% sure what's causing the stiffness/pain. Abbey is the same way about dog beds- she'd mostly rather sleep on the couch or the cold tile. Silly girl.
I am sure that your vet will have some suggestions for you, but two of the drugs you could get from your vet called Cosequin and Adequan can do wonders for certain dogs. We prescribe them very often for dogs with arthritis or similar problems. The Cosequin chondroitin sulfate in it, which helps the cartilage in the joints, it's more of a supplement to their food. Adequan is an IM (intramuscular) injection which helps with preventing inflammation and the destruction of cartilage in the joints.
Wow - that's a mouthful! As for now, you could probably ask your vet if aspirin would be appropriate for the time being. They could help you with a dosage, as well.
You may also want to have him tested for Lyme disease (if you live in an affected area) because that produces arthritis like symptoms too. Can be done with the heartworm bloodwork.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Ernie has joint issues and we walk him every day for 30 mins. No more. There is a balance between too little and too much. It is better to keep them moving even gently if they are sore.
He started on asprin then went on to Adequan injections once a month. Often they just need them 2-3 times a year.
Glucosmine wont hurt.
I've heard good things about glucosimine from a friend whos cat was arthritic. It made a huge difference in making sure her pet was comfortable for a long time. You can get tablets, or liquid to put on kibble. I've also heard good things about warming pads for sleeping or pet massage therapy. Let us know what you find out.
Lauren the one who buys Saffy's Kibble
As I was putting Erns coat on tonight I thought about this. In the middle of winter or when he is achy I use a heating pad or wheat pack. He also has a coat on at night to keep his hips warm. He sleep inside and does settle better.
The more pathetic he is the better. Ernie often doesn't yelp when they pull his legs so they think this is a sign he is o.k. that day.He is being brave.