9 Alternative Options for Dog Arthritis

Alternative Options for Dog Arthritis

Dog arthritis is a condition of inflammation in the joints.

Arthritis symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, which worsen with age.

In fact, almost all dogs suffer from arthritis as they age.

Options for Dog Arthritis

Luckily, caretakers have several dog arthritis treatment options.

In addition, the options listed are non-pharmaceutical and do not cause side effects!

Adequan

Adequan is an injectable prescription medication known as a “polysulfated glycosaminoglycan.”

Injectable glucosamine is another, similar medication, used just like adequan.

Both Adequan lubricates joints and rebuilds cartilage in the damaged joint, all with no side effects.

Learn More About Adequan

Laser Therapy, Adequan and Legend Injection Combination

Sometimes we use a combination of several therapies to relieve pain and speed healing.

One such combination is laser therapy, Adequan injections, and Legend injections.

The combination has no side effects.

Learn More About Laser, Adequan and Legend Combinations

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy increases the blood flow to the injured area.

Increased blood flow promotes increased circulation to the injured area, reducing inflammation and pain.

As a result, laser therapy repairs cellular damage to cells, stimulates healing, and stimulates creation of new collagen.

Learn More About Laser Therapy

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) treatment method.

According to Eastern theory, the flow of “Qi” (energy) governs the body’s health.

Qi flows through the body via meridians.

Disruption or imbalance of “Qi” causes illness.

Acupuncture needles, inserted at certain points, restore the flow of Qi.

As a result, restoration of Qi flow restores health and relieves pain.

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Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture works much like traditional acupuncture.

The acupuncturist inserts needles at specific points along the body.

Then, the practitioner attaches the needles to a device generating continuous electric pulses.

During electro-acupuncture, the practitioner adjusts the frequency and intensity of the impulse depending on the condition.

In most cases, an electro-acupuncture session usually lasts 20-30 minutes.

Learn More About Electro-Acupuncture

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is an alternative medicine treatment sometimes called proliferation therapy or regenerative injection therapy.

During prolotherapy, the doctor injects an irritant solution into a tendons and/or ligaments.

The irritant solution stimulates healing in the injected areas.

Consequently, the dog experiences pain relief and a faster healing time.

Learn More About Prolotherapy

Hyaluronic Acid Arthritis Treatments

Another name for Hyaluronic Acid Arthritis Treatments is Legend IV Treatments.

Injectable hyaluronic acid regulates cells in the inflamed joint.

The injections heal the the joint lining and increases the joint fluid viscosity.

Accordingly, increased joint fluid lubricates and cushions the joint and helps protect the joint lining.

Learn more about Hyaluronic Acid Arthritis Treatments

Herbal Therapy

Herbal therapy is a gentle treatment causing little or no side effects.

In addition, herbal therapy builds strength, eases arthritis pain, and reduces inflammation in dogs with arthritis.

Learn more about Herbal Therapy

White Pine Bark and Pycnogenol

White pine bark and Pycnogenol both affect the body in the same way.

Both white pine bark and Pycnogenol contain procyanidins.

Procyanidins are powerful antioxidants inhibiting pro-inflammatory enzymes.

Consequently, dogs suffering from arthritis experience reduced pain and inflammation.

Learn more about White Pine Bark & Pycnogenol

No-Slip Booties

No-slip booties help dogs walk better on hardwood and other slick flooring surfaces.

The best no-slip booties for arthritic dogs are:

Harnesses for Dogs with Rear-End Weakness

Some dogs with arthritis experience hindquarter weakness and have trouble walking.

A support harness has handles, making it easy for the dog’s caretaker to lift and support the hind legs.

Using the harness, the dog walks on the front legs while the caretaker supports the rear legs.

An excellent harness for dogs with hind leg weakness is the GingerLead.

Does your dog have arthritis?

Are you looking for options?

Contact us today!

6 Things To Think About Before Scheduling Dog ACL Surgery

6 Things to Think About Before Scheduling Dog ACL Surgery

Canine cruciate surgery is a very stressful and expensive endeavor for dog owners.

Nobody likes to see a beloved family member in pain!

But is surgery really necessary?

Surgery is SO expensive!

Are other options available?

What if it doesn’t work?

Which surgery should I choose?

The list of questions is infinite.

We’ve compiled some information to help you better understand the options available.

With this information, you can make the best choice for your dog.

1. Prolotherapy May Be a Non-Surgical Option for Large Breed Dogs

There is some good news- maybe you can bypass surgery at this time.

Yes, sometimes you can skip the surgery and opt for prolotherapy instead.

Prolotherapy is also called:

  • proliferation therapy
  • regenerative injection therapy.

During prolotherapy, the doctor injects an irritant solution into the tendon or ligaments.

Prolotherapy injections stimulate healing of the tear and relieve pain.

In large breed dogs, prolotherapy often treats partial tears just as completely as surgery.

Learn More About Prolotherapy

In large breed dogs, prolotherapy often treats partial tears just as completely as surgery.

2. You Can Choose “Bone Cutting” Surgery or the “Fishing Line” Technique

If your dog suffers from a torn cruciate ligament, you are well aware your dog is in pain.

Most likely, a trip to your vet results in a recommendation for surgery.

Often, family veterinarians do not perform bone surgeries.

Your vet may refer you to a specialist.

Most specialists recommend a “bone-cutting” type of surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Statistics show bone-cutting surgeries:

  • Slightly outperform the fishing-line technique in long-term function.
  • Have shortened recovery times and faster resolution of post-surgical pain.

Unfortunately, bone-cutting surgeries cost an average of 50% more than the fishing-line technique.

Furthermore, if something goes wrong during surgery or the recovery period, the side-effects could include the loss of your dog’s leg.

For this reason, we offer the “fishing-line” technique in the clinic as an option to our clients.

Learn More About the Fishing-Line Technique

3. Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) Surgery May Be A Better Choice Than Standard Cruciate Surgery

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement is the newest, most innovative canine knee surgery to date.

TTA surgery may be a better option than regular ACL surgery for high-energy dogs weighing over 50 pounds.

Learn More About Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

4. Your Dog Will Need Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

For best results, you must institute physical therapy immediately after surgery.

Post-surgery rehabilitation ensures:

  • proper healing
  • maximum range of motion
  • flexibility.

In fact, good post-surgical rehabilitation can even be the difference in whether or not your surgery is successful!

Learn More About Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

5. Prevent Your Dog from Tearing the Good Knee Ligament After Surgery

Studies show 50% of dogs who tear one cruciate ligament will tear the ligament on the opposite side sometime in the future.

The reported statistic is 50%, but in real life, the percentage is probably closer to 70%.

The reason for probability of injury on the other side is due to compensation. Often after surgery, the “good” knee becomes overused.

As a result, overuse or excessive weight-bearing can cause the beginnings of a cruciate tear in the “good” knee.

Learn How to Prevent the Second Injury

6. Dogs are Individuals and Have Individual Needs, Just Like People!

Last but not least, please don’t forget your dog is an individual!

Your dog’s health status is unique, and your dog has individual needs just like you!

At Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, we KNOW dogs are individuals.

We treat each dog as an individual, and no two treatment plans are the same.

Contact us today to learn more about your dog’s individual needs!

What You Need to Know After Your Dog has ACL Surgery

What You Need to Know After Your Dog has ACL SurgeryBringing your dog home after ACL surgery can be a daunting experience!

ACL surgery is a major operation, and the incision and stitches appear painful.

How do you know what is normal and what is not normal?

Is there anything special you can do to make your dog feel better?

The following information should put your mind at ease!

What to Expect the Night Immediately After ACL Surgery

Here’s a compilation of situations that seem concerning to pet owners after surgery.

Although concerning to pet owners, the following scenarios are normal post-anesthesia behavior.

Your Dog Doesn’t Want to Drink

Not wanting to drink the night after surgery is normal.

Thirst and appetite may not be completely normal for a few days after surgery.

Your Dog Seems Disoriented and/0r Listless

Disoriented and/or listless behavior is normal after sedation and anesthesia.

Listless behavior may continue until the next morning.

Your Dog Howls and Whines Through the Night

Many dogs howl and whine the night after surgery.

Such behavior is a normal reaction after undergoing anesthesia.

The Surgery Site Bleeds or Seeps

Seeping and bleeding from the surgery site is normal and may continue for several days.

Your Dog Hates Wearing the Cone

Your dog must wear a cone to keep him/her from licking and chewing the surgery site.

Licking and chewing of the surgery site is the most common cause of infection.

Your pet must wear the cone for 10-14 days to avoid infection and damage to the suture.

Do not take the cone off!!

Pets can chew through their suture line in less than 30 seconds.

What You Should Do When You Bring Your Dog Home

You’ve just returned home from the vet’s office and want to make your pet as comfortable as possible.

What should you do?

Offer your pet small amounts of water when you get home.

Later on, you may offer small amounts of food.

Realize your dog’s appetite may not be completely normal for a few days.

Check your dog’s incision daily for redness, swelling, or discharge.

If you observe any of the above signs, please bring your pet by for a recheck.

Sometimes pets will have what we call a “suture reaction.”

Suture reactions occur when the body rejects the suture material.

There is no treatment for a suture reaction.

Restrict running, jumping & climbing stairs for the next ten (10) days.

Too much activity can cause damage to the surgery leg.

No swimming or bathing for the next ten (10) days.

Swimming or bathing can introduce bacteria into the incision and cause infection.

You may wipe and clean the suture area with a warm, damp cloth.

DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN, TYLENOL, OR ANY OTHER PAIN RELIEVERS!!!

Over-the-counter pain relievers can be poisonous to pets!

We can prescribe safe pain medication when needed.

We need to remove your dog’s stitches and/or staples need in 10-14 days.

Please return for this service.

There is no extra charge for suture removal, unless we need to sedate your dog.

You must limit your dog’s activity.

ACL Repair is a complicated surgery!

Your dog will need to rest and recover over the next several weeks.

The first two weeks after surgery are the most crucial for proper healing.

You will need to supervise your pet full-time during the first two weeks.

You must not allow your pet to jump on and off furniture.

Do not allow any off-leash activity during the two-week healing period, either.

Your dog can go up and down stairs.

Please supervise at all times and only allow stair climbing when necessary.

Physical Therapy After ACL Surgery Improves Range of Motion

You can find additional information and a schedule for physical therapy at home here.

The first week, you will be performing only massage, ice packs, and light range of motion.

Gradually increase the intensity as your dog progresses through the therapy program.

Laser Therapy After ACL Surgery Speeds Healing and Reduces Inflammation of the Surgery Site

A program of laser therapy can help speed healing and reduce inflammation at the surgery site.

You can read more about laser therapy here.

The recommended schedule of laser therapy is 2 visits per week for 3 weeks, a total of 6 sessions.

Please contact our office if you would like laser therapy for your dog!

How to Speed Healing and Make Your Pet More Comfortable After ACL Surgery

You can actually speed healing, make your pet more comfortable, and improve the surgery’s final outcome by performing a few simple tasks during your dog’s recovery period.

This simple post-surgery protocol will provide your dog with the best possible outcome and make him more comfortable in the weeks following surgery.

Leash Walks

Leash walks should be short in length and controlled.

Walk at a slow pace and encourage placement of the affected limb.

Doing so encourages weight bearing and strengthens the leg.

Only leash-walk for 5 minutes two to three times daily during the first week.

During the second week, work up to 10 minutes two to three times daily.

Range of Motion

Range of motion exercises decrease the chances of forming scar tissue.

The formation of scar tissues can cause permanent limits in your dog’s range of motion.

Make sure you perform the range of motion exercises!

Range of motion exercises can be painful at first.

You can ease the pain by supporting the limb with one hand over the knee and one hand grasping below the hock.

Next, gently extend the right rear limb and flex it as far as your pet will allow for 10-15 reps two to three times daily.

Gradually work up to 20 reps.

Ice Packs

Use ice packs the first week of post-op to reduce inflammation and soreness.

Place an ice pack over the knee for 10-15 minutes after exercises twice daily.

If you have further questions about ACL surgery or post-surgery care, please contact our clinic.

Sprayed by a Skunk? Here’s A Quick Way to Remove Skunk Smell!

Sprayed by a Skunk? Here's A Quick Way to Remove Skunk Smell!

You hear your dog barking frantically in the back yard.

You open the door to see what’s going on, and it hits you in the face like a steel shovel.

SKUNK SPRAY!

Yuck!

Just what is skunk spray?

Skunks have two glands on each side of the anus, similar to dog anal glands, called anal scent glands.

Skunk anal scent glands produce oily sulfur-containing chemicals that create a nauseating odor.

Believe it or not, skunks can spray a distance of fifteen feet or more!

Skunk spray can be very difficult to remove from fur if you use the wrong products.

Fortunately, we have a do-it-yourself recipe that provides a quick way to eliminate skunk spray.

Recipe to Remove Skunk Smell

  • 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of Dawn dish soap

Mix all of the above ingredients in a plastic bottle or bowl. (The treatment will be thick like a paste.)
Wipe your dog down with clean towels and remove as much skunk spray as possible.
Place your dog in a bathtub.
Completely wet your dog’s fur.
Dowse your dog with the homemade skunk spray remover.
Lather well.
Leave the remover in your dog’s fur for 10 minutes, then rinse well.

If your dog retains a lingering odor after the above treatment, repeat the process.

Are you a “Do-It-Yourself” fan?

Learn How to Cook for Your Dog!

How to Give Your Dog or Cat Oral Neoplasene Cancer Treatments

How to Give Your Dog or Cat Oral Neoplasene Cancer TreatmentsWhat is Oral Neoplasene?

Oral Neoplasene is an herbal veterinary medication made of bloodroot extract, halogens and water.

In our clinic, the term “Neoplasene” is often interchanged with the term “Bloodroot”, because bloodroot is a much easier word for our clients to remember.

In reality, Neoplasene is a derivative of bloodroot extract.

Generic bloodroot extract will not provide the same benefits as veterinary Neoplasene.

Neoplasene treats cancer by encouraging the death of diseased (cancer) cells, while not affecting healthy cells.

Our clinic often uses oral Neoplasene as part of a customized cancer care plan.

Neoplasene is only available through a veterinarian.

How to Give Your Dog or Cat Oral Neoplasene

Mix your pet’s dose of Neoplasene with a canned PET | TAO Formula or home-cooked food.

An example recipe for home-cooked food is:

  • Cooked ground meat (50%)
  • Steamed white rice (25%)
  • Cooked chopped vegetables (25%)

Feed your pet twice daily.

You may add in fruit once a week.

Make sure you thoroughly mix the Neoplasene dose with the meal.

Make sure your pet is really hungry and really thirsty at meal time.

You might have to slightly alter your pet’s feeding schedule to accomplish this.

Tips for Giving Oral Neoplasene With Meals:

  • Withhold water for two hours before meal/medicine time.
  • Only give food at meal/medicine time (i.e. twice daily).
  • Feed a meaty food.
  • Avoid dry or raw food as the cell membrane (meat) or cell wall (vegetables) of raw food does not absorb the unpleasant tasting/emetic oral medication well.
  • Mix the dose of Bloodroot/Neoplasene with the food THOROUGHLY.

Sometimes, the above protocol does not work because a pet continually refuses to eat food containing Neoplasene.

If your pet refuses to eat food containing Neoplasene, you may squirt Neoplasene directly in your pet’s mouth via syringe.

Neoplasene is very bitter. Your pet will not like the taste!

Make sure the syringe is inserted into your pet’s mouth past the tongue so he/she doesn’t taste the Neoplasene.

Afterward, make sure to feed your pet and provide plenty of water after administering Neoplasene to reduce the emetic effect and get the bad taste out of your pet’s mouth.

If your pet has cancer and you’re looking for options, please contact our clinic !

We offer a variety of options including Vitamin C IV Therapy, Eastern Herbal Formulas, Food Therapy, and more!