I have an almost 2 year old male black lab. He was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia (FCP) of right elbow last year and had arthroscopic surgery last October. He has been doing well, but their are times when he comes up lame. I have posted before regarding this issue, but my question now is this. What do I do when this happens? I try to rest him and he gets rimadyl for short time periods. Then he seems to do ok for some months. Is this the right thing to do? The cert. ortho vet that did the surgery said some dogs relapse. Is this the case with my sweet Brodie? I don't like using rimadyl because of all the side effects, although it does seem to help. He also gets 2 Cosequin DS a day + fish oil. Can anyone offer any suggestions/recommendations? I know this is a lifelong issue that will never go away. It is very frustating because I have a young, high energy dog that can't go on long walks, or run like crazy, which he does some times,but how can you help it?
Hi, I have a 2 1/4 year old with ED as well. He had arthroscopic surgery at a year of age and I also have the problem of him coming up lame now too.He also has HD in both hips. He was great for about 6 months but of course I knew that the chances of arthritis setting in at a young age was quite high. Your dog may not be relapsing with the original problem but possibly it is the arthritis that is the problem. Mokha can only walk for about 25 minutes maximum on lead and off lead about the same. Any more and he gets sore. We dont use any pain relief yet but use supplements of fish oil, msm,glucosomine and chondroiten. Mokha also has cartrophen injections monthly. Initially 4 injections over 4 weeks then monthly since. It makes a huge difference to him and I can tell when he is due for it without looking at the calender. The other thing that helps him the most is he swims at a purpose built indoor canine heated swimming pool for 1/2 hour session at least once a week. We also have ramps for Mokha so he doesnt have to step down to exit the house, thankfully indoors we are all on one level.It really is a case of day to day management I think and never over doing it. We have a really active,healthy 3 year old lab as well and it is hard to make Mokha stop playing and let her continue but it is for his own good. He gets lots of extra pats and attention to make up for it when Molly is playing.
Hi, I also have a 2 yr old with ED. He was diagnosed at 22 months and had bilateral surgery a few weeks later. He was on Rimadyl and several other meds for the first 10 days post surgery. He has not needed medication since and shows no signs of limping as yet. He walks for 45 mins late morning and about an hour in the evening, most of the time he is on the lead. The surgeon (who is a European specialist) did advise us that the surgery was not a 'cure all' and whilst his condition was 'severe' and he would have this condition for life, but hopefully he would have a few years without symptoms. I give him a powdered formula in his food everyday, it has MEM, Gluc, Chondroitin etc, i dont know if it makes any difference but he seems to be doing well (Canine Joint Right Essential Glucosamine for Dogs/Dog Joint Supplement/Canine Joint Right  - £23.49 : Scientific Nutritional Products, Canine and Equine supplements direct from the manufacturer ). I do have rimadyl in the cupboard, just in case but i really dont want him on long term meds because of the side effects. he has his 6 month post op check a few weeks ago and the vet told me that if she didn't know he was an ED dog, she wouldnt not have know by checking him out, he has full range of motion and no 'clicking'. If you are not already doing so, i would suggest adding the supps to his diet. What is Cosequin?
Additionally, i stayed away from the vet recommended food, Harvey didnt like it and i can get everything he needs from this supp and good physio. Good luck with your pup, it broke my heart when i heard Harvey had ED, but now i just focus on letting him be the dog he wants to be, if he is happy, i am happy.
Thank you so much for your responses! Cosequin is Glucosamine/Chondrition supplement that I have been giving to him even before his dx of ed. I think I get more upset then he does when I notice the first sign that he is starting to limp. I try to rest him, I give him rimadyl for approx. a week and then he seems to do quite well. Is this the right thing to do? I am going to ask my vet about the cartrophen injections.