Dog Pain Management for Torn Ligament
Tildy Miss Swimming at Red Rock Canyon Hike
Tildy, my female 9 1/2 year old 60lb brindle Pit bull, tore both of her rear cruciate ligaments when she was about 3-3 1/2 years old playing fetch in the park. I was not able to get her the surgery due to the cost, but she healed substantially well, and only has problems after a bit of fetch or swimming.
She acts like a puppy still, so it is hard to keep her from playing in order to avoid the pain afterwards. Even 30 minutes of fetch leads to a very painful night with a lot of difficulty to walk. I can't bear to see her in pain, so she rarely gets to play fetch or swim these days :/
I am wondering if there are any supplements I can give her for pain management, and tendon strength?
Especially something when the pain is severe. I give her 4, 30C arnica tablets which seem to help when the pain in minor, but don't help at all when it's pretty bad. I also rub arnica gel on the inside of her knees where this is no hair, when she is sleeping so she won't lick it off.
I feed her raw meats, chicken, beef, fish, organs etc.. with vegetables as treats. She has done fantastic on that diet now for about 3 years, which cleared up some major skin/allergy issues she had for years. Just recently in the last couple weeks I had to stop giving her chicken because she started to throw up lots of yellow bile and bones, and had TERRIBLE gas. I make sure there are no added hormones or preservatives in the chicken, and the sodium level is 80mg or less per 4oz.)
It seems that she is having a hard time digesting the bones all of a sudden. I cut out chicken completely for almost 2 weeks, then added a chicken thigh back in today, which she again threw up yellow bile and a few little bones. She also has pretty bad gas again.
Any suggestions on this?
In the mean time i am just cutting the chicken meat off of the bone, although I know she needs the bone for balance in nutrition, so i am only feeding chicken meat about once a week for variety.
Your help is very much appreciated!!
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