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Old 09-14-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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Quick question... Oscar's vet check had a note saying he's showing signs of 'mild crepitus'.

I understand it's a form of arthritis but can anyone clarify for me?

Should I get him onto Glucosamine/cod liver oil supplements now?
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Oh Mel Poor Oscar (even though it's mild at the mo) What does you vet think start treatment straight away or wait? Sorry If i forgot but how old is he? Is he over weight for his breed and height? I hope you can get the problem under control Mel ATB xxx
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The shelter said it's not anything to worry about for now, but worth bearing in mind.

My vet hasn't seen him yet, this was in his pre-adoption check. It's apparently common in the breed.

He's not at all overweight, he's very slender and I will keep him on the lean side to ease pressure on his joints.

Hopefully, with good preventative care, we can stop it getting worse. He moves fine and is in no pain at the moment.

I've realised that my hopes of doing agility with him may be out of the question now though.

I will get advice from the vet as to whether it's safe for him.

Edit - he's approximately 4 according to the shelter, but we don't know for sure.
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I've never heard of crepitus but the good thing about glucosamine is that in the proper dosage it can't hurt. It also takes several weeks to be effective. Did the vet recommend glucosamine?
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I haven't spoken to the vet directly, this was on the report that came with him in his adoption pack. I didn't pay all that much attention on saturday as I was very excited and the lady who was dealing with our paperwork mentioned it, said it wasn't affecting him yet but may in the future and she mentioned putting him on glucosamine supplements now rather than later.

From what I understand, it's a kind of clicking over his knee joint, maybe more of a precursor to arthritis, and his is very mild according to the report.

It wasn't enough to put me off adopting him anyhow, I was far too smitten for that!
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I'd suggest putting him on a good hip and joint supplement.

When Greta came to me she was limping both front and rear due to arthritis and a former front leg injury. I immediately put her on a hip and joint supplement and three weeks later she was no longer limping.

The only time she shows any discomfort whatsoever is after she gets more exercise than usual such as bouncing around playing fetch with my tireless 6 year old great grandson. Even then she only limps for for a day or two on her front leg during the first few steps after getting up; then she's fine again.

I use Nutra Vet hip and joint plus chewable tablets; but there are many good products available.
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...From what I understand, it's a kind of clicking over his knee joint, maybe more of a precursor to arthritis, and his is very mild according to the report...
Yep. Crepitus is a crackling, popping or grating under the skin, either sound or sensation. It describes the grating sensation and sound of bone-on-bone (e.g., arthritis in the joints, or the two sides of a break moving against each other in the case of a broken bone), and the crackling under the skin of subcutaneous emphysema (air under the skin) which may occur after a punctured lung. I'm more used to seeing the term as an EMT, but it certainly applies in this context. I'm glad it's mild. At least this way, you know what to expect down the road and can try to maximize joint health, now.
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Well the behaviourist has identified the onset of arthritis in his spine and legs and is going to help us put together a program to get him better, with supplements and exercise.

I'm going to ask her about using hydrotherapy to begin to balance him as i've read up on it, as these problems seem to be the result of years of pulling on the lead and his muscles have developed wrong, so he's moving on a diagonal.

The shelter hadn't noticed this!
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Well the behaviourist has identified the onset of arthritis in his spine and legs and is going to help us put together a program to get him better, with supplements and exercise.

I'm going to ask her about using hydrotherapy to begin to balance him as i've read up on it, as these problems seem to be the result of years of pulling on the lead and his muscles have developed wrong, so he's moving on a diagonal.

The shelter hadn't noticed this!
Mel I didn't know a behaviourist could diagnose a medical problem like a vet can! Glad a diagnosis has been made and a treatment plan has been put in place! I like the idea of of hydrotherapy this should really help with his muscles and is chemical free too. How is Oscar doing still annoying Simba? But now being put in his place.
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Mel I didn't know a behaviourist could diagnose a medical problem like a vet can! Glad a diagnosis has been made and a treatment plan has been put in place! I like the idea of of hydrotherapy this should really help with his muscles and is chemical free too. How is Oscar doing still annoying Simba? But now being put in his place.
I've updated in a new thread about our behavioural work Dave, but yes she's got enough medical qualification to identify that - i'm very impressed by her and she really knows her stuff. She only uses Positive methods and i'm confident she can help us get him healthy and behaving.

Simba's calmed down a lot with him now too!
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