by Juno11 on 11 December 2021 - 13:12
Does anyone know of any dog orthotic devices or boots that work to stop knuckling over the hind feet? My GSD is highly suspected of having degenerative myelopathy and showing symptoms. He started knuckling his right hind foot a year ago and its happening in both feet.
by Gwyny P on 12 December 2021 - 17:12
He actually wore out the toe fabric the first few times he used them.
We coated that part with Shoe Goo = a very durable glue for shoes.
Sadly, once DM takes hold it goes fairly quickly.
We actually lost Cooper one year ago today.
He failed quickly all in a day and died at home in front of a warm fire.
It was painful to see that he knew he was failing and watch his face.
A blessing that we did not have to take him to be put down however.
He died at home on his own terms, 20 minutes after my daughter had raced home from work to be with him.
Blessings on you and your doggy.
by ZweiGSD on 12 December 2021 - 18:12
If possible do underwater treadmill therapy. It seemed to help my GSD immensely.
by Hundmutter on 13 December 2021 - 03:12
by TIG on 14 December 2021 - 19:12
Hi Juno, sorry to hear re your boy's difficulties, How old is he?
You may want to research Dr. Clemmons protocol. Dr. Clemmons was the primary researcher into DM for 30+ years and developed a protocol using high doses of anti-oxidants that can sometimes put a significant pause in DM. I used the prescription elements and some of the supplements but not the diet( today I would find a way to feed raw) with my last dog that had DM and was lucky enough to achieve a good quality of life for him for a significant time. He was 14 when I lost him.
In Gsds we see 2 types of DM. Early onset ( 5-7 yrs) rapid progression ( often 6 mo - 1 yr); Late onset ( after 7 typically 9-11) slow progression dog can live a number of years).
The protocol seems to be more effective for the late onset cases. Here are some links
Springtime supplements has a great supplement, Tonic Blend, that incorporates many of those suggested by Dr. Clemmons and is easy because they are combined in one product. It's what I used for my boy. https://www.springtimeinc.com/product/tonic-blend/natural-supplements-for-people
I believe Dr Clemmons retired from the Univ of Florida but Now is in private practice. You might consider a consult with him.
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