Dog with Arthritis & Weak Rear Legs: Homeopathic Remedies
I have a 10 year old (estimated) mixed breed (Shiba-Inu/Chihuahua we think) senior rescue dog we adopted in May 2014. He has many isuues and our vet has worked with us on many of them. Primarily, he had full-mouth dental extraction due to severe gum disease and infection and has recovered nicely from that and adpated to life without teeth.
He is partially blind, has corneal scarring, partially deaf and has arthritus and very weak rear legs. He walks constantly and circles several times before he lies down.
His rear legs are thinner and weaker than his front legs, when he walks he is wobbly and at times tries to keep his weight off his left rear leg and lets in slide under his body from time to time.
All in all he gets around ok, we go for short walks in the yard and he walks around in the house. I carry him up and down stairs or anything he cannot navigate. He is a great little dog and we have been treating his leg issues with rhus tox daily and arnica when he seems to be having pain since May.
He recently had an episode where his left leg seemed to be bothering him more than normal and with each step he would hobble as if it hurt him (I did not see him injure it). He also had more difficulty getting up after lying down. After 3-4 days he seems to be getting better.
My wife wants to start him on Conium Maculatum which she read in Veterinary Materia Medica is a remedy that treats older dogs with difficult gate, trembling, loss of strength while walking, pain and stiffness in legs.
My question is "is this the right remedy or do you recommend another such as rhus tox for maintenace of our aging dog with rear leg weakness and arthritus issues - without resorting to medical/Rx drugs" - keeping in mind that without teeth any meds are difficult.
Thank you for your help.
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