I just found this forum and, after reading alot of it, I decided it was one of the best ones around...so I joined immediately.
I have a 12yr old Flat Coated Retriever named Beau. As most other seniors, he has some arthritis in his back legs and hips. What I am noticing now is a "slimming" of his hind quarters. I can see the last few vertabrae back to his hips, and it seems like there isn't much muscle back there in his "butt". Sometimes he is unstable back there, and I am thinking it is due to muscle loss. Yes, I realize he's old...but in his "mind", he's still a puppy wanting to play and run...but his back end collapses when he tries.
My question is...what can I do to rebuild some of the muscle he has apparently lost? He gets good dog food...usually AvoDerm or California Natural, but that is more for his coat (he has a continous problem with yeast overgrowth). I am wondering what kind of supplement I can give him or what kind of "people food" I can give him that will help build muscle.
As far as current meds, he's on LevoThyroxine for a hypo-thyroidism, and he takes a 75mg Deramaxx chewable a day. I had thought of Glucomsine and Chrondroitin, but wasn't sure if it would interfere with the Deramaxx.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated as Beau is my "BUD"!! Thanks again.
We have the same issue with our 9 yr. old Austrailan shepherd. We give glucosamine daily and make sure she gets exercise to keep muscle mass up. I have looked into swimming for her- which is too expensive for me now because I don't have my own pool- but I have read it can be wonderful for dogs with arthritis. Could that be an option for you? Good luck!
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Have you tried a product called Nupro? It's a supplement made for senior dogs, I give it to my lab mix, and it seems to improve her overall health. Try on Pet Food Direct dot com, Nupro Senior formula or Nupro Silver (Senior), Same thing
I was thinking swimming too.. If you don't have a pool you can go to a lake or a park that has a fishing/swimming area and use one of those crazy-long retractable leashes. I used to let Missy do that. I think the leash was 150 feet. I could be wrong on that, it's been a while. But it being retractable keeps it from getting wrapped or tangled on a doggy trying to swim. Of course you'd use a harness and not a collar LOL. You could even put a dog lifejacket on him if you are nervous about having your old guy out there and possible getting too tired.
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