Hips and Joints

Chico Dog is Limping

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints | 0 comments

Chico Dog is Limping

If you have an extra moment today, will you please send a positive thought or two out to my little Chico?  He woke up this morning barely able to walk due to a lame front paw.  He is my little ball of energy….running, jumping and my partner on daily jaunts through the neighborhood.  Today though he sadly waited by the baby stroller as I loaded in my son and then looked out the window as we all left for our morning ritual.   We have an appointment today with our favorite vet, Dr. Stuart Rosenburg, at Bayshore Animal Clinic.  Could it be dog arthritis?  An overgrown dewclaw?  I hope it is the latter. In the meantime, he has had one dose of Metacam (which we had from a prior diagnosis of a compressed C2 disc)  to relieve inflammation and hopefully a bit of pain and a lot of love from the rest of us! Has your dog had an injured paw?  If so, what was the diagnosis? Thank you in advance for the well wishes!...

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The ABC’s of Pet Supplements

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Skin & Allergies | 0 comments

Many of us add supplements to our diet to aid our digestion, joint mobility, arthritis, etc.  How about our pets?  Believe it or not, there are wonderful pet supplements on the market today that assist your pet in living to his full potential.  I take my palm full of vitamins, fish oils and the like in the morning and my dogs, Abe and Chico, do the same. The extreme heat in which pet food is extruded (cooked) lends to the loss of many vital nutrients found in food in its uncooked state.  Although, pet food manufacturers add nutrients to the food post extrusion, the inclusion of a multi vitamin and/or supplement to address a specific need might give your pet exactly the extra boost he needs.  In fact, giving your pet a digestive aid complete with digestive enzymes and probiotics, will help your pet get the most out of the food you give him. Supplements are made to enhance pet wellness in a variety of areas.  Therapies to calm, assist digestion, support healthy joint function, detox, omega 3 and more.  They are available as pills, powders, capsules, droplets, etc.  O.k, so where should we begin? PetAge magazine recently ran an insightful article about this topic and interviewed some of the brand manufacturers.  They also interviewed me for a store owner’s perspective.  Take a look!...

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Abe’s Annual Appointment

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Abe went to his eigth annual vet appointment yesterday.  For the first time, we had the baby in tow as well.  Not sure Abe loved that part of it though as mommy couldn’t have her hands on him the entire time.  But he did just fine. All good news for Abe!  His lumps and bumps are all just fatty tumors, his teeth looked great thanks to TropiClean dental products, his ACL could be manipulated as it should be (Thanks Dr. Hay) and he lost a pound!  Yay Abe! Abe loves his vet, Dr. Stuart Rosenburg, and of course loves the treats he gets for behaving himself at the office.  Sebastian, my son, loved trying to grab the pictures and artwork that were in his reach. My favorite quote in Dr. Stu’s office is:  “Be the person your dog believes you to be.” What a lovely thought to keep in mind today. Happy...

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Abe’s Big Day

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Excercise, Hips and Joints, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tomorrow is Abe’s big day.  Just a little less than one month before his eighth birthday, he is going under the knife for ACL repair surgery.  My poor boy.  He has no idea that he is in for a 12 week recovery…no running, no chasing squirrels and certainly…no tennis ball action. Our consultation with Dr. Hay, Abe’s surgeon, was February 3.  That morning, I told Abe to get his big boy pants on and get in the car.  He wore his very tough neon green rubber spike collar for the consult, fell asleep in the car on the way there, got lots of love at the office and then enjoyed an icecream on the way home.  Dr. Hay is a nice man….I should have asked how many of these surgeries he does a week/month/year.  It seemed like a rotating door of ACL patients.  Dr. Hay explained the procedure and his recommended surgery at a fairly high level.  I was happy that I  had researched beforehand, or I would have been most likely been lost in medical jargon.  But, everyone who has had their dogs operated on by Dr. Hay holds him in high regard. Out of the available surgery options, Dr. Hay recommended the TTA or Tibial Tuberosity Advancement.  He said that he performs this surgery 90% of the time and  the end result.  Abe should have 90%+ use of his leg when it is fully healed.  That is good news for Abe. Tomorrow our journey begins and by Friday afternoon, Abe will be snug as a bug catching zzzz’s in his bed.  Can’t wait to spoil my...

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A Good Man Down

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My seven year old dog Abe is an athlete.  I say this with the utmost confidence because he is among the lucky and talented dogs that can catch a ball anytime, anywhere.  It is amazing to see just how fast he can pluck a ball out of mid-air after spinning around and doing a few acrobatic moves.  My husband and I are always saying “did you see what Abe just DID?”  All of this talent has finally caught up with him though.  After limping around for a few days too many I took him to his veterinarian.  A couple of x-rays later, what I hoped wouldn’t be true came to fruition…he has torn his ACL in his right hind leg.  What is an ACL tear?  ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament which crosses in the joint from the femur to the tibia.  A ligament is a fibrous band of tissue and can be torn or partially torn.  In Abe’s case, we believe it is fully torn. Now, you see, I knew this would most likely happen.  But how do you keep an All Star on the bench?   Many of my customers’ similarly skilled dogs have had this surgery.   I have talked many people through the 12 week recovery period and loved on many cone headed muzzles. Abe and I go to his consultation with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hay, on February 3.  It will all begin that day, more x-rays, choosing which surgery option, coming to terms with paying anywhere from $1,800-$2,600 and learning about the recovery period. In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the warning signs, breeds who are at risk, how an ACL is torn and what you can expect from recovery.  I do hope that your dog will not have to go through this…but if he/she does, you will have an idea of what you and your dog can expect. Warning signs:  Sudden limping, swollen knee, holding the foot of the affected leg off the ground, dog may start using the let again but lameness often returns. How is it diagnosed?  A veterinarian can diagnose an ACL tear by manipulating the knee joint.  X-rays are also used to assess the problem and to determine if arthritis is present. How does it happen?  A tear can occur if a dog is overweight therefore putting too much pressure on the joint.  Commonly, the ACL is torn when a dog twists on his hind leg.  This is what Abe does as he catches his ball or slips on our floor when running through the house.  Usually, a tear happens gradually over time and sudden lameness is the result. Breeds:  Some breeds are more prone to ACL tears than others: the  Labrador, Rottweiler, Bichon Frise, St. Bernard are among them.  Post Surgery:  After the surgery, dogs must be controlled and can only take low impact walks and/or swim as directed by a veterinarian.  Overweight dogs must lose a few pounds to take off the excess stress on the leg.  Recovery time is 8-12 weeks. So it begins, Abe’s three month procedure.  Watch out for him this summer though…he will be better than before and leading our pack around Davis Islands. We will keep you updated on our visit with Dr. Hay and our surgery...

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Crypton to the rescue!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Environment, Hips and Joints, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

As most of you know, I have two seven year old boys at home.  Abe, my lab mix, is crazy about his ball!  His ball fetish began pretty much the first day we brought him home and has never stopped.  Because of his age and his craze, it is difficult for him to stand when he has been lying down on the floor or his bed for a while. Chico on the other hand, could care less about a ball.  The only toy he likes is his toy chipmunk that we gave him the first day he was dropped on our doorstep.  He does have a few physical problems however.  He is missing the ball in his hind leg hip socket and he has a compressed disc in his neck.  He has his days when walking is very difficult. I have tried various beds for both but had not gone the route of orthopedic beds yet. The makers of Crypton pet beds contacted me to test their product.  Not only are they  known for making beds that really last but they have an orthopedic bed that is supposed to be fantastic.  Crypton beds are made with fabric that resists moisture, stains, odor and bacteria (the tag says that spills just wipe away!) I took them up on their offer and two beautiful beds just arrived!  Can’t wait to test them on Chico and Abe and see the result!  I hope they like it!  Orthopedic AND odor resistant?  What could be better? Keep following my blog as the Crypton story to...

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