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My dog has arthritis and her mussels in her back legs are

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My dog has arthritis and her mussels in her back legs are wasting away she does at times struggle we have started Hydro therapy and after 10 sessions haven't seen a lot of improvement is there anything I can buy suppliment wise that can assist with building up mussel?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  petdrz. replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry that you have been waiting for a response. I recently just logged onto the site and noted that your question hasn't yet been answered. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years’ experience and would be happy work with you if you are still needing assistance.

It sounds like you are doing everything right. Unfortunately, the only known stimulus to muscle building is use of the muscles. It is interesting how quickly muscle atrophy occurs, but muscle regeneration can take a long time and even with hydrotherapy, she may not yet have achieved full range of motion in order to incorporate all of the muscles that were previously not being used.

Are you working with a veterinary physical therapist?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am I just wanted a second opinion, she's very happy in herself still playing and wanting to go for walks I'm just worried her legs will give way and she won't be able to walk
Expert:  petdrz. replied 1 year ago.

The best thing she can do is to keep those legs active and it sounds like you are doing a good job with that.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.

Dr Z