My beautiful Jessy is 9 years old
and we noticed that recently she has hard times
get up,and even cries.
We did an X-Ray which showed problems in the lower back area.
Do you know if there any exercise
or any facility to ease the condition?
You could also check into some dog chiropractic care as well. I know of an agility person here who swears by it with her dogs and she has bassets ranging from 4-10 years old who are still doing agility. Just a thought but I imagine that yes it would depend on what the problem is.
I have heard of someone using hydro therapy for a basset hound that had back problems. They go to a normal physical therapy place with a tub and slowly fill the tub up with water until the dog is swimming. I am not sure how it all works but might be worth checking out.
Hi The treatment will depend on the diagnosis and recommendations of your pooch's vet. It is good that your dog has made you aware when she is in pain so you know and can put in place some preventative measures. Basset's tend to have a tendency to 'thicken' with age - not sure whether yours might be carrying a few extra pounds but might be a good time to start a seniors diet to keep those pounds in check. The other thing I would strongly recommend is to avoid where at all possible any steps Jessie may be needing to encounter. Jumping on and off couches or beds is only going to aggravate the problem and her pain. And it might be a good time to consider purchasing a ramp for making getting in and out of the car easier for her etc. Unfortunately bassets are notorious for developing back problems. I have heard of injections that can be given for jointmuscle pain but it really does depend on what and where is the specific problem in terms of what can be done to hopefully relieve her of further ongoing pain. Please let us know how things develop
Going out on a limb but what I did not notice in the origanal post is the x-ray. unless a dye is used an x-ray will not general be a diagnostic tool for disck problems but artritis and spondylosis will clearly be evident. If either of the later mild exercise, weight reduction an prudent use of pain medication are basical the traditional treatment options. acupucture can help as well.
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