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I am going to try and not make this a long post. My almost 8 yo shepherd mix could not stand up on her rear legs today. She tried and collapsed. It was so sad. She has had trouble off and on the last 6 months or so getting up and showed some stiffness. I was giving her aspirin but never had it evaluted until today. (I know...bad mama) The x-ray did show signs of arthritis in her hips and also Spondylosis. I have looked up spondylosis and found conflicting info. She is spending the night with the vet and I will call in the am to see how she is doing. They wanted to keep her relatively immobile to give the medicine time to work and will evaluate her in the am but might keep her another day. ALso wanted to mention she has hypothyroidism and is on daily meds for that--also she is really big about 110 lbs and for a short while was considerably overweight--up to about 130.<br>
OK on to my ???--Has anyone else dealt with spondylosis? Or any other spinal problems with older dogs? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Well, a couple things. When did you last have her thyroid levels checked? Hypothyroid can cause spinal issues--I'm not sure why but the veterinary neuroligist I used to work with always checked thyroid immediately on a dog with degenerative spinal issues. Next, I would strongly suggest trying to find a veterinary chiropractor (or some human chiros work on animals) and get her in to be adjusted. Acupuncture may be worth while too. Rather than aspirin (which can often cause more problems than it helps if it's being given daily or almost daily) look into putting her on Meloxicam (Metacam). There is now a generic available for this anti-inflamatory and it's significantly safer than aspirin.<br>
To help her get around or stand up you can use a rolled up towel slung under her belly just in front of her back legs.
 

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I have not had her thyroid levels checked in a while--she is on daily meds for that though. I did not even think about a chiroprator--I will ask the vet about that today. Are you aware of any dietary changes that would improve her condition?
 

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Just going on instinct, I would add whole raw small animals (rats, rabbits, chickens) to her diet, or large raw beef bones that she can chew the cartilage caps off.
 
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