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Has your veterinarian discussed gabapentin, adequan injections, or acupuncture/ massage with you?
no nothing. just come back in 2 weeks for another xray. i do have a chriro/accupunturist i can take hime to. i was going to make an appt for next week. what is gabapentine and adequan?
Gabapentin is a medication given regularly for pain. It dulls the nerve firing of pain and can decrease the need for NSAIDS such as rimadyl
Adequan is an injection given 2 times weekly for four weeks (if no change noted by second injection probably will not be effective for Baxter) in order to decrease pain by increasing lubrication of joints...
ah like nuerontin(sp?) .would either help a ligament or joint capsule injury? what about steroid injections?
Yes, it is neurontin
Steroid injections can help but I try to use as a last effort since it can also mean introducing bacteria/ contamination into the joint
They would help with a joint capsule or ligamentous injury in some cases
I would not recommend bandaging the joint since this will cause decreased range of motion of the joint
can they do that without putting him o sleep. the doctor did not even want to tap the joint without sedating him. I am just seeing him go down hill because he can't walk. are these injuries that heal without surgery?
It depends on the underlying cause. Sometimes ultrasound of the joint can be helpful as well
Steroid injections in the joint usually do require sedation, yes
The adequan injections are usually subcutaneous (under the skin) so oftentimes just done at home
does that do the same as a cold laser. my vet does not have ultra sound but the chiro has laser.
Ultrasound is more for diagnostics. It can actually see a torn tendon/ ligament...
sorry i thought you meant for treatment. my d
c uses ultrsound machine to reduce inflammation.
Ultrasound can be used for treatment as well but usually at a physical therapy facility
so would you recommend finding another doc to do an ultrasound to get a firm diagnosis and seek the injectables and gabapentin?it is still swollen? should i continue heat and ice.
Usually you will need to find a radiologist to do the diagnostic ultrasound
You should be able to ask your vet about the gabapentin and adequan
I think if it is swollen, I would ice to decrease the blood flow to the area
Ice twice daily for 10 minutes (if he will let you)
i sure dont know what happened. he was playing with my other beagle and all of a sudden it happened. the other one sometimes bites at his hock when they play or are excited. he will let me ice him for long periods. should he be walking on it? he doesn't now but he was using it a week ago better than he is now.
Did your veterinarian initially have you resting him while recovering from the injury?
It would be best to have him restricted for a good week if possible. You can do passive range of motion of the joint after icing for a few minutes though
not really. i did not see my regular vet because i went into emergency. she thought it was just a sprain and recommended anti inflam's. I went two other times and she finally did xrays. After they did the xrays, he no longer could put weight onit. I am guessing they injured him further while trying to get the pictures. so he was not restricted and was still somone mobile.
like restricted in a kennel only to be let out for bathroom breaks
Yes, in a kennel or sitting next to you on a leash to ensure no increased activity
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no thank you very much for the information. i very much appreciate your time and your guidance.