Thursday, April 10, 2008

6 Months Is Up

Six months has passed since Katie had her spinal stroke. One of her doctors, Dr. Filer, said that I could expect to see improvements for 6 months. So here we are at the same point we have been for the last few months. The "twist" that occurs with each step of the left hind leg has not changed at all. I hope that no injuries will be caused by the wobble it causes. I would hate for her to develop painful arthritis and to have to be left behind because she can't keep up any more.

I am going to start her on some high quality glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. I am sort of embarrassed to admit that she isn't already on it. Its one of those things that I believe is important to do correctly if you are going to do it..... the right dose and good quality. I always felt that if I gave it to So And So that I should also give it to Such And Such. With greyhounds aged 10, 10, 9, 9, and 8 by this summer, you could argue that they should all be supplemented. But then it becomes cost prohibited. However, Katie has earned it and she is the one most likely to be damaging joints since she still insists on maintaining her active lifestyle.
Today I started training her to put a rope toy in a box. It was interesting. She was successful numerous times (with my help), but I don't think she figured out exactly what I want yet. Once she does, she will repeat it over and over. It was fun to work on something new with her.


Sientay L said...

I know what you mean. I feel the same about Dino. He still drags his left hind foot and somtimes trips over it. He acts as if nothing is wrong, but I don't know if we should spend the $$$$ for detailed tests (eg ct scan).
I bet Katie is happy to be learning something new.

greytblackdog said...

Where are you going to get your supplements? I'm always interested in these types of things, because I totally believe they work. But I'm with you, if you're going to do it - do it right.

KF-in-Georgia said...

I, too, want to know what you end up giving Katie. My guys get my glucosamine and chondroitin--what I get at Costco. But, like most of us, I'd give the dogs better quality than the pills I take if I needed to.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Sientay, I didn't realize that Dino was dragging his foot. Hmmmm... I wonder if he had a minor spinal stroke. This is totally my opinion, but I think I would spend the money on rehab....swimming and water treadmill. I think even if you find out what it is... the rehab would probably be the same. And if he's not in pain and he is not paralyzed than surgery would not be called for.

For the rest of you, I will let you know what I choose for Katie. I'll order something next week.


Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

I think you should teach Katie to dust, get her a feather duster and get her to dust low reaching areas:-)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I could use a good base board cleaner. :-) Jen