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1 year old Lab with Joint problems
LeviKona posted:
I have a 1 year old male lab that was diagnosed with Osteochondrosis at 6 months old in his front shoulders. Although surgery was recommended that can be very expensive - at least $3600 for one side and he had it on both!! Now he has an ACL tear in his rear leg and of course more surgery would be needed. I am keeping him quiet and he is on Carpofen, Tramadol - when needed and Dasaquin. What complicates matters is that I also have his sister who has a lot of energy. Any suggestions to help him get through the rough times?? Has anyone used massage or physical therapy??
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
I am so sorry to learn about your Lab's medical issues. Alas, these situations are not a temporary rough time...the joints are damaged and the damage will be progressive. You may ask your veterinarin for a sedative. You may need it for both dogs. Massage, PT and accupuncture may give some temporary relief but the joints need to be addressed for optimal results.

Best of luck...
Dr. Bernadine Cruz
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Another thought that may help to finance the medical fees...ask your veterinarian about third party payment companies such as Care Credit or Chase credit.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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