Osteoarthritis Relief for Giant Breed Dogs
Daphne is a 10 year old female spayed Newfoundland who I first saw 2 years ago in May 2010. At that time Daphne’s hind end was so painful and weak she had trouble getting up, was reluctant to go on walks, and was generally not a happy dog. Medication had not helped much with her pain and the side effects were causing her intestinal problems. Daphne also suffered from allergic skin disease that caused itchy sore spots over various parts of her body.
Denise, Daphne’s owner, thought maybe her dog was nearing the end of her life. As an owner of a giant breed dog, Denise was familiar with the typical lifespan being not much beyond 8 years. Before considering euthanasia, Denise contacted me to see if there was anything else to try. I treated Daphne with a combination of acupuncture and chiropractic for a series of 4 weekly treatments and she improved after each session. I began to see her for maintenance treatments monthly for the rest of the year. Daphne continued to improve and the treatment benefits were maintained every 2-3 months as they are to this day in the spring of 2012.
Acupuncture and chiropractic helped relieve pain and increase range of joint motion. Daphne became comfortable getting up and down and was happy about going for walks. Some dietary changes and supplements also helped her skin condition.
If your older dog appears to be slowing down, there could be many different causes. It is important for your dog to have a complete senior wellness exam by your regular veterinarian. If your vet determines that the main (or only) cause of slowing down is age related osteoarthritis, it may be worth trying acupuncture and/or chiropractic treatments that may put a little spring back in your beloved companion’s step.