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Hello,

My lovely 3 year old male lab was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia today; vet said that it was one of the worst cases she'd ever seen and that he has the joints of a 15 year old lab. He's had the occasional sore paw but that's been put down to infection and cleared up with antibiotics, however yesterday he wasn't putting any weight on his right leg and wouldn't even lie on that side, so the vet took an x-ray on both legs and found very severe arthritis on both elbow joints. Given the severity of the problem, the vet estimated he has around 3 years before it becomes so painful and deteriorates to such an extent that he has to be put to sleep. The vet did mention the option of elbow replacements but they don't even know if there is any chance they would be able to operate, again given the severity of the arthritis. My question is, what can we do to make his life easier in his last few years? And what kind of exercise can he do, as a young active dog, aside from swimming (if anything)? Any experience or advice would be really useful, thank you!
 

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Have you seen a specialist? If not - that would be my first call. A specialist can do things a general vet can't. If you can tell us whereabouts you live we might be able to reccomend someone - for instance in the East Midlands Graham Oliver is the man to go to.
I've asked a member to come comment on their own dog who has joint problems.

My dog Moss is currently having acupuncture for his arthritis, he also has chiro as he's always been an agility dog. Massage, laser and electomagetic pulse treatments are also supposed to be excellent - they dont fix the arthritis - but they all help to reduce inflammation and reduce pain and tension in the surrounding muscles. It would be worth you looking into those. But I think you should be doing that under the guidance of a specialist.

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http://www.labradorforums.co.uk/25-...dysplasia-recovering-surgery-living-luna.html

Have bumped up the above thread, all our 'stuff' on there.

I was told Luna's elbow joints were more than double her age when she was 3 so they are turning 14 next week. I was told she would probably need a hip replacement by next week TOUCH WOOD she hasn't.
please have a look in the search at my threads about Luna because she has lived an active life after diagnosis and she doesn't want to be pts at all.

It would be a good idea to head to see a specialist. Luna had arthroscopy in both elbows to remove bits of bone, it didn't help with the arthritis, but did make her more comfortable. The problems inside a joint can't be seen on xray but those and examination and history give a specialist a good idea whether an arthroscopy could be beneficial.
Graham Oliver at east midlands referrals is Luna's specialist and although TOUCH WOOD she hasn't seen him in a while we keep in touch! Sent him Luna's agility retirement video to enjoy a few weeks back.
 

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My 18 month old boy was diagnosed with ED (specifically OCD) when he was around 9 months. I use suppliments, Synoquin, which you can buy from your vets or cheaper online, which is a Glucosamine tablet. Plus I've also started to use tumeric in his diet, which is a natural anti inflamatory made up into a paste with coconut oil and I really think this has had positive effects. If you're on Facebook look up the tumeric user groups on there for more info!

I also have an emergency bottle of Metacam which I got from the vet in the cupboard in case he needs it, which isn't often.
 

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I'm sorry to hear this as fellow ED sufferers as well.

Please. please, please read Luna's threads as these pulled me back from the brink when Judy diagnosed last January 2014

It's not the end and we've done okay on emergency Metacam (not used for well over a year!!), supplements, keeping weight in check and Hydrotherapy.
PhilG's post interests me and I'll look into that (THANKS!)

If you are anywhere near Hampshire then get yourself to Fitzpatrick Referrals (of Supervet TV fame); they are as good as they appear to be on the TV and I cannot speak highly enough of them.

I wish you and your 3 year old the absolute very best of luck and please keep re-visiting here for advice, inspiration and to share your experiences....
 

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My boy was diagnosed with ED and fixed via arthroscopy by Graham Oliver at EMR - can you see a pattern on this thread! However if you are further south I also know a few people who have had miracles performed by Noel Fitzpatrick at Fitzpatricks Referrals. Whoever you go to don't just go with what your general vet says like everyone else I think you NEED to see a specialist.

Do read Laura's threads about Luna because I really think they will give you hope.

Also have a read of this one that lots of people contributed to http://www.labradorforums.co.uk/25-health-issues/78471-living-dogs-hd-ed-its-not-all-doom-gloom.html
 
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