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Rear leg problems

Species: dog | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 23 April 2009 02:01PM | viewed 3501 times
Q Barney asks:

Hi there. I have a 12 year old Standard Poodle who suffers from arthritis and has also been diagnosed with a degeneration of the sciatic nerve in her left rear leg. What is your view of the magnetic dog collars for her arthritis and what, if anything, can be done for the sciatic nerve problem. Thank you.

Q Our vet says: There are plenty of things which can help with arthritis. Magnetic collars can be very beneficial in some dogs, as can diet, massage and physical therapies, anti-inflammatory medicines and herbal treatments. What works for one dog will not necessarily work for another and it is a matter of finding out what works best for your pet. I would be happy to use the magnetic collars on my own pets. As for the sciatic nerve problem, you could ask your vet about massage and physiotherapy to help with any muscle wasting which may occur. You could also look into complementary therapies such as herbs or homeopathy which can sometimes help in situations where conventional medicine can do no more. MayfieldVet based in Sussex can offer herbal consultations by phone if you are interested in pursuing that option. (01435 874787)

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