Jessie is not doing well

August 21st, 2015 at 9:04 am EST
Hello Friend

Hello to you this Friday. 

I hope you and your family are doing well.

My oldest dog Jessie (he's now 17) is not doing so well himself..

He has progressive spinal disease (degenerative myelopathy) making his back and now front legs stumble, has a mass in his mouth, is now not eating or drinking much at all, and is slightly pale (anemic)

I suspect an affected organ, and probable cancer

The biggest thing now is keeping him comfortable, and out of pain.

Here he is recently..
Here is some of what I am doing to treat his back pain

Using cold and heat as a compress; the type of compress depends upon the injury. For a sudden injury accompanied by inflammation, ice is helpful. Apply a block of frozen ice wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes 2-3 times daily for 2 days. Some clients finding using frozen ice in a popsicle stick works well, or the synthetic bags for people. When the injury is more long-term, then applying heat is more appropriate. Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and apply it 2-3 times a day for 15 minutes to the affected area.

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers that makes them hot. Capsaicin is used in medicated creams and lotions to relieve muscle or joint pain. Capsaicin used on the body causes a sensation of heat that activates certain nerve cells. With regular use of capsaicin, this heating effect reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that acts as a pain messenger in the body. It can be used topically for local painful joints for both dogs and cats.

Ginger extract may help with joint and muscle pain because it contains phytochemicals, which help stop inflammation. Few side effects have been linked to ginger when taken in small doses. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.

Magnetic therapy has begun to be recognized as being very helpful for back pain. A company called Nikken makes a very high quality magnetic pet bed. No one is completely sure how it works, but thousands of people can attest to its effectiveness. Another use is to apply a small healing magnet to the BL60 acupressure spot. This is the spot located on the side of your pet’s hock. Leave the magnet in place for 1-2 weeks. Ask your veterinarian about obtaining a healing magnet.

Muscle relaxants can greatly help- both conventional and natural. In practice I often advised clients to use Robaxin ( methocarbamol), the dose being 15-20mg per kg 3 times a day. That would mean a 45lb dog( 20kg) could take one 500mg tablet every 8 hours. A holistic option to consider is Valerian, which also helps with muscle spasms. The valerian dose of the tincture is 0.1 ml per 10 lbs given twice daily.

Lastly you need to be looking at what you can do to prevent this from happening again in your pet. Glucosamine hydrochloride is the most important supplement to add to your pet’s diet. The dose is 100 mg once daily per 10 lbs of body weight. It helps to rebuild the cartilage and delay further cartilage breakdown. It can come in a variety of combinations. An effective one is my own dog and cat supplement, Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Canine Health Formula and , Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Feline Health Formula. Glucosamine should be given in combination with chondroitin, as this supplement may improve the effectiveness of glucosamine.

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Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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