He's been on Glucosamine for the past year. Then he refused to take it anymore. So the limping came back. We talked about surgery with the vet, but that's the last option because he is physically to small, im afraid that he won't have the power to heal properly.
My little Angel had knee displaysia in both her back legs, Angels never seemed to effect her in any way, but she tend to limp as she would run sometimes. WE were going to have surgery done on her back legs about a year ago, but then the vet said it wasn't bothering her so not to worry about it, the surgery was $2,000 for both legs. Or you can just have him on painkillers the rest of his life, but I would reccomend the surgery. Normally when you get a dog, check to make sure they were tested for hip dysplasia, it will sure help your pup down the road. Just be careful not to do too much with your dog everyday, because he could get arthritis sooner or later. With hip dysplaysia, the back bones grind against each other and over time it begins to cause arthritis. You may want to consider surgery now while he is young, because once your baby has arthritis the surgery will not be able to take it away completely, it could have him on pain killers the rest of his life. Hope that makes sense, good luck. Kristina
woops, i just read that your baby is too small for the surgery, hmm, now i really don't know what to tell you. Maybe mix his glucosamine in with some sort of treat or moist food, their must be a way he could take it again, possibly. I hope it works somehow, good luck, kristina
Thanks everyone. Im wondering if dogs limp because they're in pain? If thats the case then i would seriously consider surgery. How long does it take for them to fully recover for surgery? So i know how long i should take off from work.
I'm not a vet, but believe that they limp because of the pain.
The vet will likely want to keep your dog in the vet hospital for a few days, and when he comes home, if you could I would suggest 3 to 5 days off, or if you could get a neighbor to watch him. My little boy is a jumper, and because of this the vet put a cast on him for three weeks to make sure that the surgery would be a success. To us that was a great help.
Is your dog crate trained? Leaving him a crate or very small area after the surgery will be critical. You will definitely want to minimize his exercise.
I have both of my corgis on glucosamine/chondrotin as a prevenative measure, since they are so prone to joints problems in later life. Instead of fussing with Albie over taking pills or tablets, I get Missing Link Plus which is a supplement in a powder form. I mix it with some canned pumpkin and give it to them with their dinner at night, but Dora will just eat the dry powder over her food, she's not picky!