arthramid & platelet therapy

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My dog is a 13 year old border collie she has arthritis in both hips and both elbows I dont walk her at all any more she has been having hydrotherapy. a week ago she completely busted her cruciate ligament. had exrays done just to confirm everything. She cant get up at all now and I have had to leave her at the vets for the weekend. The orthapedic vet was there and doesnt think operating is a good idear because of all her other problems. arthramid and prp theapy has been suggested but I dont know much about it. when I lift her up I can feel all her joints crunching, would it be kinder to put her to sleep or give it a go.

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Hey Jaq
how are you getting on?
I heard from Carly you were considering it, but can see you opted to give it a go
In my opinion if your dog is that painful, then those alone will not be sufficient. A complete review of overall management will be required. Arthramid and PRP is part of the possible puzzle but certainly not the holy grail. They are useful, but with other additional therapies.
A tough question to as would be is there enough functional tissue remaining ( ie muscles) to enable her to stand even if the pain within that joint can be reduced, and are you in a position to work on maintaining/ building that soft tissue support.
let us know how you are getting on… I really hope your little one has had a successful stay at the vets
xx
Hannah

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Thanks for getting back to me. I’ve decided to give it a go. There’s not a lot else they can do for her. They have said it works for some and not for others, she’s such a nice dog I don’t want to loose her so they are going to do it tomorrow. She’s already at the vets because she’s cant really walk, they want to keep her in for now and do some physio and hydropherapy. Every one seems to think that it wont do any harm even if it doesnt work so fingers crossed.

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My 9yo lab had Arthramid in his elbow but it didn’t make much difference however a friend’s lab had it and it made a huge difference.  I have no experience of PRP therapy but I understand it often takes more than one injection to have an effect.  I would say you know her best – if she is happy in herself I would say trying Arthramid can’t hurt (Gillie had no negative side effects other than from the anaesthetic) but if you feel she has he’d enough perhaps it’s time to spoil her for as long as you can.  Good luck x

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Hi Jaq
I have asked one of our members who has more experience of these treatments to pop in and have a look at your question, it is a difficult situation to be in but I hope we will be able to give you some advise
Best Wishes

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