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Old 12-18-2012, 04:13 PM
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Have you thought about Holistic or alternative medicine?

Read these:

Alternatives to Canine Surgeries - Whole Dog Journal Article

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http://www.laughingdoginc.com/wdj_feb10.pdf
(Page 13)

Contact a holistic Vet in your area and get another oppinion
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Have you thought about Holistic or alternative medicine?

Read these:

Alternatives to Canine Surgeries - Whole Dog Journal Article

ACL

http://www.laughingdoginc.com/wdj_feb10.pdf
(Page 13)

Contact a holistic Vet in your area and get another oppinion
I was thinking same thing Christie, Kim has Amberleah on good supplements for her knees.
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Thanks ladies! That is a great idea but she does have a full tear and the joint is constantly slipping out, sometimes not going back in for hours..she is obviously in pain and I already have trouble getting several pills in her a day :/

She isn't herself..don't eat, drink, walk, play ball, stand up on her hind legs.....nothing that she used to do and I honestly believe the vet is right with surgery is the only fix...Maybe if she was her normal awesome self and just babying that leg then I would look into it but I truly believe it wouldn't help
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Well if she does happen to make it out of surgery and after the long road of recovery both her legs will be 100% better. However, she is not expected to live a normal long life because the heart disease is extremely severe at such a young age as well as an enlarged heart and murmur. Plus the pain medications after surgery are not good for her heart. (She also has severe allergies & gastro problems) But I just want her around as long as possible even if it's only a few more years, it brings me to tears every time I think about her not being here with me.
I'd get a second opinion with an orthopedic surgeon/specialist. There are things a vet can do to help a dog with heart problems undergo anesthesia. I can tell how much you love her and I hope you can figure something out, however sometimes letting them go can be the kindest decision.
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Thanks ladies! That is a great idea but she does have a full tear and the joint is constantly slipping out, sometimes not going back in for hours..she is obviously in pain and I already have trouble getting several pills in her a day :/

She isn't herself..don't eat, drink, walk, play ball, stand up on her hind legs.....nothing that she used to do and I honestly believe the vet is right with surgery is the only fix...Maybe if she was her normal awesome self and just babying that leg then I would look into it but I truly believe it wouldn't help
I have this for pain- Such a small pill it is easy to go down. It is holistic and we even used it for both BG Spay and Sonny's Neuter.

Arnica Montana > All Pills > Pills > Single Remedies > Main Section > Washington Homeopathic Products

I would honestly ask about acupuncture, and splint (for support) and some of the other options if you are scared of surgery. You can get glucosamine and Chondrtin in powders or liquid or even some treats to help too.
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Honestly I could not live with myself if I did not try everything out there to
help my dog. Dogs are much stronger than we give them credit for. No one
can predict the outcome, she might pull through the surgery well, recover,
and live a few more years. If I were in your shoes I'd do as the girls suggested
and get a second opinion, look into different options, etc. I know it's a lot of
money, believe me I know, but a life is at stake, so I believe it's worth it. A wise
person once said that when you are not sure what to do regarding your
pet...ask them. Look into her eyes and see what she wants.


Best of luck to you both. Please keep us posted. Hugs.
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I have a yorkie that had a torn ACL and grade 4 luxating patella. (This was 2 yrs ago now) They wanted to do surgery on him. We took him to a orthopedic vet. But, then started researching and changed our minds and went with a holistic approach. I have a wonderful homeopathic vet that worked miracles on Jack! This vet is in CT and I am in FL. We have phone consults and keep in touch through emails. He sends remedies that I give. You of course keep your regular vet for blood work and such. But, homeopathy is an excellent way to treat. It's expensive but well worth it! Here is is website.

HomeVet | Dr Jeff Feinman | integrative vet practice | homeopathic vet Weston Connecticut his name is Dr Jeff Feinman. We was highly recommended to me. My Maltese was recently diagnosed with a heart condition. He is treating her as well. The progress she has made is amazing.
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Thank you everyone for all the help and support I really appreciate it! I did start looking into other options but in the mean time today baby girls other leg went out as well she can BARELY WALK AT ALL now :'( I can not see her suffer like this anymore. I feel terrible! All her doctors (their all in the same practice and work together; reg vet, cardiologist, orthopedic etc) were going over her echocardiogram tonight and are going to call me tomorrow with what and how high her risks will be for surgery. Please please pray this is something she can pull through <3


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