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Hi all,

As many may know, our Judy showed classic ED about five or six years ago and this website was an absolute goldmine and source of comfort for us.
We managed her via a homeopathic route using rest, supplements, weight control and hydro therapy - all under the watchful eyes of Fitzpatrick Referrals.

She's now 10 and a half and showing visible signs of slow down and increasing artharitus - in her head she's still able to match her little two year old brother paw to paw though!!!
We keep her weight in check and she rarely pushes above 30 kilos which we are happy with as she's a big long legged girl.
It's one walk a day - maximum an hour on which she very much keeps to herself and leaves her little bro' to do all the looning around and swimming but she's constantly on the sniff about, always truffling for rabbit poo etc.

We've got ortheopedic beds, kept up with the supplements and ensure she gets good levels of rest away from the new brat in the house.

Can anyone recommend anything else we could do to ensure her comfort and quality of life as good as possible?
I'm thinking of getting her back for a couple of hydro sessions and also may start another course of cartrophen injections - we will also be looking to get a kilo or two off of her and of course we will continue with Senoquin and Green Lipped Muscle.

Any further tips?

Many thanks in advance and good luck to you all. X
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At some point you are going to have to reduce the exercise, even if that means returning her to your car half way through, or making a separate walk for her. When Amy was 12, Chloe was only 2, totally different exercise requirements, so for the last 2 years they have been walked separately. Not a bad idea either, because it has given Chloe independence, and when the inevitable happens she will not miss her quite to the same extent. These days we only walk a hundred yards or so to the shop on the corner. Sit on the seat outside for a few minutes so Amy can meet "Her public" before returning home.

Partly because she is sleeping so much she has lost so much muscle tone, that on the vinyl flooring in the kitchen her back legs particularly slip out from under her. So I brought a cheapy rug off Ebay for the floor. I can easily chuck it away when no longer needed, but it does give her something to grip, even if the girls do walk all the mud in onto it when the lawn's wet.

Sooner or later you may need something stronger as a painkiller. Anna was on Metacam for her last 3 years. Give the minimum needed. It has quite a long half life in the body, so the effects gradually increase to a point where the amount you are giving is balanced by the amount leaching out of the body. Anna was around 32 to 33Kg and I was giving her a dose for a 10Kg dog. Chatting to my vet at the time, he suggested that a small dose regularly was easier on her system than a larger dose as an when required. I don't like strong pain killers, but you reach a stage where you think, it's better to try something because the alternative is unthinkable, and if the "Cure" kills, well at least you tried.

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I've just started using CBD paste as pain relief and anti inflammatory for one of mine who has ED, too early to say if it's doing the job yet as I'm slowly building up the dose, but signs are promising!

I had previously and still am using Golden paste (tumeric), but it just doesn't seem to be good enough anymore.
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I’ve started giving Betty CBD oil. It has made a significant difference. She’s a lot perkier, even tried to jump up me the other day.
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Thanks all - sage advice as usual

I’m intrigued on CBD (for myself as well !!!)
Where do you buy it and get dosage guides?
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Among others, Boots sell human grade CBD oil. I know a number of people who use it. Nat for one. But as to dosage, I've never used it so dont have any experience. https://www.boots.com/wellness/vitam...bidiol-cbd-oil
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Hi,

Jack has weekly laser sessions which really do help him feel more comfortable so I can recommend trying this. He is on Onsior, Tramadol and Gabapentin for pain relief. He has physio sessions every week too and I use a Help Em Up harness for walks. They have a front harness section and hip attachment which is good for Jack as he is very weak on his back end and needs a bit of a lift help getting in and out the house. I've also just had a ramp made so he can get up the front step easier.

I have a wheat pillow that I warm up and use on his back and hips after his evening walk. Jack doesn't walk very far now, we only manage a slow potter to the end of the block and back but he likes to stand on the street watching the world go by and that's fine with me!

Cheryl and Jack
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Thanks all - sage advice as usual

Iím intrigued on CBD (for myself as well !!!)
Where do you buy it and get dosage guides?
I got mine from a company called CBD buddy. Itís run by the son of a FB friend whoís heavily involved in rescue and has been a member here.

I use the 5% strength, start at a drop morning and evening, and up it over time until you feel itís making a difference. Betty has 3 drops on her dinner at night. You cannot overdose, it doesnít contain any of the chemicals that make you high.

By the way, Iím not linked with CBDBuddy in any way and if you google their site will pop up. They have a FB page too and are based in London.
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Can I just say you are an absolute hero - Jack is one lucky lad and Iíd bet he pays you back in bucketfuls of lab love

Iíve just come off Tramadol myself after an op on my foot, strong gear!!

Good luck (and thanks for sharing)

[Q UOTE=shopgirl41;1895657]Hi,

Jack has weekly laser sessions which really do help him feel more comfortable so I can recommend trying this. He is on Onsior, Tramadol and Gabapentin for pain relief. He has physio sessions every week too and I use a Help Em Up harness for walks. They have a front harness section and hip attachment which is good for Jack as he is very weak on his back end and needs a bit of a lift help getting in and out the house. I've also just had a ramp made so he can get up the front step easier.

I have a wheat pillow that I warm up and use on his back and hips after his evening walk. Jack doesn't walk very far now, we only manage a slow potter to the end of the block and back but he likes to stand on the street watching the world go by and that's fine with me!

Cheryl and Jack[/QUOTE]
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I’ll be googling CBDBuddy tomorrow then!

Thanks and good luck
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