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Old 23-01-2007, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, my name is andy and i have a gorgeous yellow lab named Wilber. He's about to turn 8 and has had a re-occuring shoulder problem for the past year or so. Last year after he was limping heavily after a long walk we took him to our local vet who said that he needed an Steroid Injection. He had one and was given some anto-inflamitaries, these seemed to work fine. However last week we noticed taht the limp was back and after a few days of rest wasnt getting any better, my dog has just had another steroid injection and i think (i say this as it is my parents to take wilber to the vet) that he is booked in for some more. I'm worried because the first one hasnt seemed to have done much and if anything the limp looks worse. Could someone please tell me if they have been through this experience and what they would advise as the best kind of treatment, such as is there a homestyle remedy i could use. Thanks very much
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A few thoughts.
At 8 years old the problem is almost certainly arthritis. So, what to do?

Firstly I have to say this. Have a really critical look at him. Labradors do tend towards corpulence. It creeps up on you without being noticed. Anything at all that you can get off of his weight is going to make life so much more pleasant for him. He won't like it now but he will appreciate it later.

I would also look towards a supplement. Personally I use "Flexvet which is a Chondroitin supplement although there are plenty of Glucosamine and or Chondroitin supplements. Other supplements available are Green Lipped Mussel Extract and also Deer Velvet tablets (Although I'm hearing these can make some dogs rather diarrhoeaish

The third suggestion is to cut the lengths of the walks slightly. As we get older and our joints are not as new as they were so we take things a bit easier. Same with out dogs. He might love his long walks, but if he is going to pay for it with pain is it not better to reduce the walking to something he can manage without getting into difficulties.

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