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I have a 14 year old Dalmatian who has great difficulty

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I have a 14 year old Dalmatian who has great difficulty getting up from her bed. She shows a reluctance some times to walk more than 200-300 yards. On the other hand, she often bounds about like a youngster when returning from a walk. Any advice on how we might make getting up easier for her; and how do you envisage her current condition will change in the months ahead?
Martin Peacock
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. My suspicion is that she Button has some significant arthritis. I am not sure what Yomove is, but I would definitely have her on a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement if you haven't already. A brand made for dogs, such as Cosequin, Dasuquin and Nutri-Vet would be best. In some cases, the glucosamine supplement isn't enough. Most of these dogs benefit a lot from putting them on an anti-inflammatory medication, such as Rimadyl and even a pain medication called Tramadol in addition to the glucosamine. Your vet can prescribe these. Any time you use an anti-inflammatory regularly, it is recommended to check liver and kidney enzymes first to make sure there are no occult abnormalities in these organs. Dogs with very severe arthritis and have a lot of difficulty getting up, do very well with Adequan injections. It helps to protect the cartilage and give inflammatory control as well. I have seen some dogs who can barely walk, get up and move around like they were a few years younger even after the first injection. It is about as close to a miracle drug as I have seen. I would talk to your vet to see if it may be a good choice for Button as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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