Heidi (5yr old) has just had her second injection of PRP. The first was on the 5th June and did not make an ounce of difference to her current lameness in her right elbow. She has elbow dysplasia. After discussions with the vet last Wednesday we went ahead with a second injection. She seems all together different this time and although still lame she seems happier in herself and more comfortable. We are only in our first week but I’ll keep you posted on her progress xx
Our Sarah is the original multi-modal girl. We’re canine physical therapists so helping dogs is our life. She gets massage, appropriate exercises, aculaser, hydrotherapy, homeopathic herbal mix, supplements and more. Plus daily Metacam. Like you, we had to do all the research ourselves and were then even told off for giving such a variety of therapy to her. ‘You don’t know which is working’ they said. My reply…I don’t care. Why does it have to be ONE thing? Sarah’s therapy is like a jigsaw with many pieces. Put them together and you have a stable-ish plan. But take something out and it all becomes wobbly. Like our girl was. But, like a jigsaw, there’s always space for more edgy bits. PRP was one such addition. We were told a top-up would be necessary, which is what we did. She was OK but would stumble now and again. That was 10 months later. Unfortunately with her age, it’s unlikely she would be able to have another as the anaesthetic may be an issue. As the PRP top-up didn’t really ‘work’ we now started aculaser and that has stabilised the jigsaw yet again. And she’s happy. Which is a good thing. I’m sure there are many more stabilising pieces I can find.
Thanks so much for your quick reply. The reason i ask is my 7 year old lab collie cross was diagnosed with arthritis in both front elbows just over 1 year ago. Fairly advanced. I noticed changes in her gait a few years ago but nobody really took it seriously. Even when we eventually got x rays done she was not very lame.
Vets suggested just putting her on metacam and doing regular blood tests. Thats when i started researching alternatives. She had prp treatment almost a year ago. Injections into both elbows and overnight her mood changed for the better. She has been a very happy dog ever since and has not had painkillers. The vet said it could last anywhere from a few months to a year. Happily she is still doing well but i am beginning to notice those subtle signs of pain again. I wonder when is the best time to get a “top up”. Also did you try anything other types of treatment? I would love to try hydrotherapy with her as she loves the water. I’m in the midlands in Ireland and finding it hard to get an appointment.
Our 12 year old collie spaniel Sarah has had 2 sets of treatments now. First one produced dramatic results and improved her mobility. Second course 10 months later not so much. Maybe that was because she was already much improved and it was a ‘top-up’ or maybe it just didn’t work. Either way, the second set didn’t offer any noticeable change in mobility. But it was still worth trying.