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Hello Everyone. I am new to the forum and could use some advise from those that have dealt with a beloved mastiff and arthritis. My guy is 10.5 yrs, suffers from seizures (diagnosed 1 yr ago) and arthritis in his lower spine. His back legs have atrophied even though we are as active as possible. He has begun to have difficulty getting up and using stairs (both up and down). His back feet drag and wear his boots down so his 3rd tow bleeds on each foot. I've noticed his attitude changing in that he's frustrated with the leg issue and very clingy to me...more than usual. He and I are two peas from the same pod. Anyway, he sees the vet every 5 weeks for blood work due to the seizures and medication monitoring and he's also on meloxicam for arthritis pain. My vet has told me that I will have to make a decision when he cannot walk anymore. I'm not ready to do that. The facility doesn't offer therapy or holistic medicine. I know nothing about this and wondered if any of you have experience with remedies that may have helped your mastiff with lameness in the back legs?

Thanks so much.

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I have my nine-year-old male Mastiff, Remy, on Equinyl Combo which you can get at http://www.allivet.com. It doesn't work as well for my eleven year old Swissy male, Barkley. But, Remy had been periodically limping on his front legs. As soon as I put him on Equinyl Combo he stopped limping and got back his "groove." You give him 1/10th a scoop just once a day.

Barkley has the same symptoms as your boy. He drags his rear paws sometimes; sometimes he fall; at other times, he gets stuck in a downed position and needs help to get back up. He's on both tramadol and meloxicam. It seems to be a good combination for him.

If Barkley and your guy have nerve damage in their spine, supposedly (which the back paws indicate), acupuncture won't help.

Also, I've been told that they make special "booties" for dogs with the inverted paw problem in the rear. You may want to do a "google" search for a vendor. It'll make him a lot more comfortable and may be able to prevent the bleeding.

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Some success with stem cells.
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Great sympathies for your old fellow. We have all been there.
However, my attitude towards holistic treatments is summed up by Wikipedia:

In their book Examining Holistic Medicine, Douglas Stalker and Clark Glymour have written that:

The leading holistic aims and tenets do not constitute a distinct conception of medicine for they amount to nothing more than banalities of orthodox medicine, truisms devoid of medical content, exaggerations devoid of relevance to the practice of medicine, or patent falsehoods. The holistic movement does contain, however, a reactionary impetus that is in direct opposition to the conception of medicine as scientific, and this leads holists to disparage not just scientific conclusions regarding their practices but also scientific reasoning itself.

 

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Foster, my older than dirt guy will be 14 in September.  I started him on Super Golden Paste about a month ago.  You make it yourself, doesn't smell the best but, the results are amazing.  We recently moved to a house with 28 stairs and Foster would not go up or down, as you know its extremely difficult to carry an adult mastiff up or down the stairs.  After three weeks on the golden paste, Foster will go up and down on the stairs on his own mostly, he needs a guide if the stairs are not brightly lit, old man cataracts.
So, here is the recipe.

1/2 cup Turmeric powder
1+ cup Water
1/3 cup unrefined Coconut Oil or extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground Black Pepper

Place the cup of water and Turmeric in a pan and simmer on low for 7-10 minutes add just enough water to make a smooth paste, may need a little more than a cup if the mixture begins to crack. Do NOT boil. Remove from heat and add the coconut oil and black pepper, mix well.  Add to clean glass jar and allow to cool completely. Store in refrigerator, only the amount that you will use in 2-3 weeks and freeze the rest. Start feeding 1/4 teaspoon three times daily and go up 1/4 teaspoon each feeding weekly until you start seeing results.  Foster eats a teaspoon full twice a day.

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